Memorial Glass

These palm “stones” and pendants were created as memorials for friends and family who have lost a loved one. With a very small portion of the ashes I am able to make many keepsake pieces that will invoke memories and last many lifetimes over. Working with the ashes is always a profound experience – as they are heated and encapsulated carbon dioxide and oxygen begin the “rise” from the ashes and trap inside the glass, almost as if the organic elements of life were escaping to rejoin the earth’s atmosphere. Some of the photos you see contain the ashes of my grandfather. Having one of these palm “stones” available to me for meditation and contemplation has been very soothing. I have also made small, more traditional-style glass cabochons containing ashes to set into fine metal jewelry in conjunction with a local jeweler. There are photos of the un-mounted cabochons as well as the finished jewelry pieces for reference.