To keep loved ones close through time, cremated ashes can be incorporated into unique pieces of glass. The ash can be captured in paper weights, puddles or beads. Cremated remains incorporated into puddles of glass can be used in a variety of ways, for example to make a very special table top or they can be kept in a bowl in the garden.
In the words of our friend Irene
“In grief and loss situations the arts can provide healing for brokenness and fragmentation. Transforming broken pieces into something new and whole is very satisfying both physically in the sense of sorting and rearranging but also emotionally. In expressive arts therapy we call this kind of activity “playing among the ruins.” Irene Renzenbrink, Art Therapist /Social Worker
This glass is created by Joan and Al Hiebert at their Blackstrap Studio.
Beads and puddles can be made throughout the year. Blown or sculpted objects can be made only when the glass blowing furnace is running. The furnace is turned on for several months in the fall and again in the spring.