Company Creates Kitchenware From Loved One's Ashes

November 1, 2016

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When it comes to the end of a life, cremations are the preferred choice for the majority of Americans.  But what to do with the ashes of a loved one?  Usually it involves an urn and if it isn't placed into the ground it usually ends up in a home.  But there's no mistaken what is inside an urn and it can be a downer when it comes to decorating. Perhaps that's the motivation for Chronicle Cremation Designs of Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Rather than collecting dust in an urn, the ashes are used to create ceramic kitchenware or furnishings such as vases, candleholders, mugs, bowls, necklace pendants and yes, even plates and cups. Chronicle Cremation Designs founder Justin Crowe said his company started as an art piece where he used the ashes of over 200 people to make dinnerware for a party.  People asked if he could do the same for their loved ones ashes and now has blossomed into his business. Starting at around $200 depending on the piece you want, customers supply about a cup of ashes via a collection kit and within 4 to 6 weeks, your ceramic item returns.  Chronicle Cremation Designs joins a growing industry of companies transforming loved ones into material items such as diamonds and vinyl albums.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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