Artist Uses Human Ashes To Make Mugs, Bowls

An Artist has used the ashes of human remains to create functional pottery.

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Unique custom memorial objects like mugs, bowls, and functional dinnerware have been created by Chronicle Cremation Designs, a business by a US artist, Justin Crowe, out of human remains.

According to Crowe, the unusual dinnerware was “designed to infuse a sense of mortality into everyday moments”.

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What started out as a personal project following the death of a loved one has blossomed into a successful enterprise, offering a variety of usable memorial products coated in a “custom ash glaze.”

Creating objects that tell stories is my passion, Crowe said. “The inspiration for Chronicle came following a death which lead to a period of personal growth. Instead of observing an urn or photograph on a shelf, I wanted a way to interact with memories on a daily basis. Our process was born out of a desire to keep those who’ve lived before us remembered in daily life.”
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Crowe described his custom pieces as “interactive.”

Crowe creates bowls, mugs, vases, and even jewellery coated with the ash glaze.

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