Filip specializes in memorial glass art. He loves how the medium preserves the memory and essence of a loved one. These pieces go beyond beautiful jewelry and into the realm of commemorative art.
Rachel, hailing from Minnesota, has been working with glass for over 20 years. Below are paperweight styles she's created that have been infused with cremains from your loved ones (people and pets.) The cremation ash is mixed into the molten glass at the time of formation with various colors and designs added in to give the glass depth and beauty.
The underlying precept of my sculptural work is spiritual symbolism.
I aspire for the pieces to have a personal connection with the viewer, evoking a sense of thought about our development as individuals and as a collective people. I hope for my pieces to spark dreams of where we are going and who we are in the grand sense. Some of my pieces are happy and uplifting and others make one pensive and thoughtful. That is what i strive for, a personal response to a sculpture, an object, that evokes something from one's experiences in this space-time. It's so personal, the viewing. The pieces speak to multiple parts to a whole. Of many lives within Time. The conflict between our nature and the rule of Desire.
Robert studio is located in a rural community in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Built in
2012, it has been the portal for his creative endeavors. With over 22 years of experience as a
glass artist, Robert is passionate about combining color, texture, and form into each piece.
With established craftsmanship and experimentation, he concentrates on the importance of
quality and originality. Inspired by natural elements found locally and during travel, he blends
them into his work.
“Working with Spirit Pieces has been a rewarding experience. Being involved in the healing
process for so many people has expanded my purpose for making glass. I appreciate all of the
letters and stories I receive from my clients.”
Charlie Shoulders has been a glass artist since 2004 working in Michigan. He has won a number of awards for his work and has benefited over the years through training across the country with several glass masters. He specializes in borosilicate flamework, using a large bench torch and an oxygen and propane fuel mix to melt glass, and simple hand tools to sculpt and shape. Borosilicate glass offers a wonderful palette with many organic colors that strike in the atmosphere of the torch to produce gorgeous blends and ranges of color with great depth.
Working with cremains and making special memorials for loved ones who are left behind is very meaningful for him. He believes in the conversation of our earth, and feels being brought back to dust is best for our planet. He also deeply appreciates that a glass object, made in a form designed to capture precious memories, can go wherever you go, and bring a small comfort as well as beauty.
Ryan lampworks cremation jewelry with borosilicate glass in specialized propane/oxygen torch flames. The cremation remains are fused with the glass by dipping molten glass into a small collection of the ashes. Layers of glass are applied over the cremation remains, encasing them forever inside the glass pendants.
Misha has been blowing glass since 1995. She currently resides in Oregon and finds her passion in making memorial marbles and pendants. "Thank you for allowing me the privilege of helping you and your loved ones find peace. Memorial art is my most personal and valued body of work, and I feel very blessed to have the skills necessary to offer this service to others. Your loved one's cremains will be treated as sacred and with as much love, respect, and consideration as I give my own family, friends, and pets." ~ Misha
After my first class in 2003 at age 17, I was hooked. I spent years taking professional level classes and working hard to try to master this medium. In the summer of 2012 I opened my own glass studio. Here I teach classes, give demonstrations and sell the work of myself and over 60 other glass artists. My inspiration is two fold. The first is technique based. Glass is a very technical medium. From the physical skill-set to the chemistry of working colors, this aspect of the medium fulfills my desire to learn, practice and master. The second is my passion to express myself through glass. These two areas must exist in equal proportions. Without the technical side, I am unable to express myself. Without the passion, there is no drive to continue the path towards mastery.
Jonathan creates beautiful borosilicate glass pendants and earrings for every day and high fashion wear. His innovative technique was developed in conjunction with his training as a scientific glass blower while working at Roche Laboratories in Switzerland. Purchasing a piece by Jonathan Leon is an experience of discovery and fun. Each product is unique because it is handmade. The refined look instantly attracts the eye their harmonious colors and patterns.
My name is Oksana N Bell, I'm originally from Ukraine, I'm now creating from my studio in Portland Oregon, USA. I love to work with resin and natural inclusions!
Nature and extraordinary people inspire me, very much. They are both beautiful, strong and mysterious. The memorial art takes a very special place in my heart, every new Cremation Creation makes me feel that I do something very important for the people who are not in this World anymore but always look at us with love and blessing.
My name is Elena, living in Marietta, Georgia. I’m a Botanical artist since 2013 creating unique natural looking resin jewelry made with real dried flowers, leaves, foliage and other organic materials. Inspiration can come from anywhere. I often find mine in details and patterns in nature, the simplicity and vibrant colors of flowers. My love to give something beautiful that makes you happy every time you look at it and confident every time you wear it.
"My name is Daniel, I'm a glass artist who works with a torch. I was drawn to cremation work after my own father died. The ashes seemed so impersonal, I liked the idea of them being included in something beautiful. I was initially approached by a customer with the idea of incorporating ashes into glass, and it seemed like a perfect fit for me"
Keith began blowing glass, in 1994 at Virginia Commonwealth University in
Richmond, VA, earning his BFA in Crafts focused in glassblowing. While attending
school he worked for the Williamsburg Glass Company developing a respect for the art of glass production using Early American techniques.
After college he worked various jobs blowing, instructing and casting glass before becoming a hot shop technician at The Glass Eye Studio and Tacoma’s Museum of Glass and International Center for Contemporary Art. Since 2004, Keith creates his own glass at his shop in Ashland Oregon, while raising two kids with his wife Stacy.
His work has been shown in galleries across the nation and prestigious American Craft Shows.
It is a sincere honor & pleasure to be able to spend time on the Spirit Pieces project. Each piece I create represents someone’s loved one, and having the ability to showcase their cremains within a solid glass memorial is both inspiring and humbling. I think the cremains have an elegant beauty when encased in glass. I put my best into every piece, and look forward to being able to continue participating for many more years…
I first stepped into a hot glass studio at Carnegie-Mellon University in 1980 and knew immediately with a crystal clear vision that I wanted to work with glass as my artistic medium. When I first started blowing glass, I felt so comfortable and knew that I could really express my ideas with this material. Glass can be blown, cast in molds, and shaped with many different techniques. I am inspired by pure color. I just love color and glass is the perfect vehicle that showcases the colors that I choose. Nature and wildlife are also great sources of my inspiration. The planets, diversity of colors, climates, creatures and conditions provide us with places for our spirits to ponder, rest and to dream.
Marlena uses spools of wire, large and small, to weave the intricate designs that make up her art. She spends hours on pieces and uses her art as a form of meditation. She is honored and humbled to be creating for Spirit Pieces and feels deeply grateful to be trusted with such a meaningful task. She hopes that the piece that you receive brings you joy and peace, beauty and healing.
I create my ceramic sculptures in my home studio located in the towering Redwoods of Northern California. Because of this inspiring setting I feel a close connection with Nature. I appreciate having my work displayed on Spiritpieces.com because every time my work is purchased I know that it will be looked on with love. It’s gratifying to know that I am helping someone remember a loved one with Beauty and Serenity and I hope every sculpture brings a happy memory.
Tyler owns and operates a glassblowing studio in Missouri. He designs and creates everything from fine lighting to outdoor installations, pedestal art to memorial pieces. His passion has been within the material of glass since 1999 and he has shown in over 100 shows internationally through galleries and museums. When not crafting out fine pieces of glass, Tyler enjoys traveling and eating well with loved ones.
As glass artist, it is my job to make beautiful objects. When I am making Glass with cremains, it adds a great deal of meaning to what I am making. Not only is it a beautiful piece of art, it is meant to serve as a reminder of a lost loved one. This adds much more meaning to the piece than simply being a beautiful object.
Ashley is a self taught silversmith specializing in highly personalized jewelry made from your pet's actual prints, cremations, fingerprints, handwriting, and more. She began creating jewelry in 2011, after looking for a necklace with her first born's name on it and failing to find anything she felt spoke for the overwhelming amount of love she had for him. Her first cremation piece was created shortly after with her own father's ashes. Her work and techniques are ever-evolving as she aims to help her customers embrace and champion over their grief, something she struggles with herself.
Ashley grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and relocated to North Carolina in her early twenties. She lives among the Blue Ridge Mountains- just outside of Asheville- with her two beautiful and wild sons and her woodworking Veteran husband.
I’ve been interested in glass blowing ever since I was a child. Later in life I had taken some glass blowing classes, but it was always ‘too expensive’, or ‘I didn’t have enough time’ to really pursue it full time. After my wife passed due to complications with cancer, I realized that life was too short and decided to blow glass for a career. I feel that with making memorial glass, I have come full circle and I am grateful to be able to help others remember their loves ones.