The trend toward cremation (both human and pet) is sparking new industry in memorial art keepsakes.
Online PR News – 14-April-2017 – Dalton, New Hampshire – Increasingly, families want to honor and remember their loved ones in more personal and unique ways. New Hampshire artisan, Sue Winn brings new meaning to the phrase “keep your loved ones close” by infusing cremation ash into beautiful star-burst art glass designs. Winn is a blown glass artist who started out making jewelry and now specializes in memorial glass art. “I started working with cremation ashes as a favor for a friend. It took several attempts to perfect the implosion process of setting the ashes within the design.” Cremation has become a popular option because of its lower cost and the ability to keep and share the ashes, known as cremains. It is estimated that 1 in 3 households now have loved ones or pet ashes at home. The shift from burial to cremation has created a new industry in memorial keepsakes.
The visual reminder and the sense that some part of our loved one is still here is what makes memorial glass art jewelry and keepsakes a growing trend. “My brother-in-law was such a big part of our family that it left a hole when he died. We intended to scatter his ashes but hadn’t mainly because we didn’t want him to be entirely gone. Sue created beautiful pocket stones for each of us, which made it easier to put the rest of him where he wanted to be… out in nature,” explains Winn’s customer.
Memory glass (also known as memorial or cremation glass) is an artisan process that infuses cremains into beautifully crafted pendants, pocket stones, hearts, or other handblown keepsakes. The cremains along with colored glass are suffused between layers of glass then the piece is blown, shaped and polished. The result is the essence of your loved one forever immortalized in glass. “Sometimes the spirit of the person or pet comes through the designs like the unexpected burst of gold in the finished piece of a person who loved to pan for gold. I usually don’t ask but in this case, I remarked on the gold and my customer told me the story of her father. That’s what makes each piece unique and personal,” Winn explains.