Phoenix Urns®
Hand painted
Cremation Urns



About Phoenix Urns ®


Michael van de Sande received his education as a ceramic painter artist at the world famous Royal Delftware Factory “De Porceleyne Fles anno 1653” in Delft , where he worked from 1978 until 1992.  He also studied Graphic and Typographic Design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, Netherlands.

From 1992 until 2004 he worked as a ceramic painter  artist at   “De Delftse Pauw”.

In 2004 the artist and craftsman Michael van de Sande opened his own studio, and now produces hand painted ceramic works of art under the labels Lotus Ceramic Arts and Phoenix Urns ®. 

Phoenix Hand Painted Urns and Lotus Ceramic Arts products can be found around the world. The name “Phoenix Urns ®” is a registered and protected brand name since 2007.

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Certificate of Authenticity

Phoenix Hand Painted Urns are unique works of art, and each Urn comes with its own certificate guaranteeing that Michael van de Sande has personally painted the Urn.

Under every urn the “Phoenix”-mark and the initials “MS” of the artist Michael van de Sande are painted.



Nomination for the International Funeral Awards 2007


Phoenix Urns ®  received a nomination for the International Funeral Awards (IFA) in 2007 

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Studio, Painting- and Firing Process


Patented Paint Recipes

Michael van de Sande has spent years developing his own special recipes for the different colors that blend smoothly with the shining transparent glaze to create a feeling of warmth surrounding his objects.

Top Quality Brushes and Materials

Only the best quality brushes are used to allow for the utmost precision needed to highlight the details of the designs.

Step One: Painting

Since each Urn is a unique work of art, the artist must spend many hours concentrating on making certain that the necessary attention to detail is given for each object.

Step Two: Glazing

After finishing the painting, a glazing process using water based, white glazing powder that is sprayed on the Urn begins.  The colorful decorations actually disappear under the white layer to only majestically reappear in the final stages of manufacture.

Step Three:  The Firing Process
When the glazing powder has completely dried, a process that takes several days, the kiln is heated to a maximum temperature of between 1,050 and 1,250 degrees centigrade depending upon the type of Urn.  The glazing powder melts, forming a protective, glass-like and fully transparent coating that is designed to make the colors more intense.


The Legend of the Phoenix (why did we choose the name "Phoenix Urns)

In many cultures all over the world there is a story about a mythological bird called the “Phoenix” , that arises from it’s own ashes. In most of these stories the Phoenix  symbolises the “resurrection”, “eternal life” and "immortality". This is (short) the most well known story:

The Phoenix bird is a long living creature (500 to a 1000 years), that - at the end of it’s life -  collects all kinds of scented herbs to build a nest. And when it finishes building this nest, the nest catches fire and the phoenix disappears in the flames.                                                        But from the birds’ ashes a new young and better “Phoenix” arises, born to live again for 500 to a 1000 years.......

Surprisingly this story (in different variation) can be found in many countries, in the Greek, Egyptian, Chinese, Japanese and even Christian and Islamic culture. But also in Aztec and Mayan culture the "Phoenix bird" is found.

 The  “Legend of the Phoenix” a  suitable symbol in memory of the deceased.........


Latest News

NEWS: interesting article in the november issue of a magazine in the UK about PHOENIX URNS (Company Pofile). In the FUNERAL DIRECTOR MONTHLY (NAFD, november issue 2008, United Kingdom) you can read the complete article.

The NAFD (National Association of Funeral Directors) is an organisation that represents a large number of Funeral Directors and "Supplier Member" companies in the UK and abroad. Phoenix Urns is a "Supplier Member" of the NAFD since 2007.




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