No one wants to say goodbye to a cherished pet. Our furry friends are essential parts of our families and we want to do everything we can to cling to their memory.
What if there was a way to memorialize your pet’s memory in a beautiful piece of artwork that you could treasure forever?
Davenport Memorial Glass is dedicated to doing just that.
According to the company’s website, Davenport Memorial Glass will use your pet’s ashes to create stunning glass art. The artist behind the business, Cameron Davenport, only needs a “spoonful” of ashes to complete the artwork.
“Nothing will compare to the time spent with your loved one, but I hope to aid in treasuring them and remembering the precious time you had together,” Davenport’s Instagram page reads.
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The glass art comes in a variety of creative shapes, sizes and colors.
You can choose a piece of artwork that reminds you of your pet, such as a blown glass cat paw, or a more general shape that can be easily displayed in your home, such as a bright yellow sunflower.
Some of the most popular memorial pieces are small “halo pendants,” which feature swirls of bright color. The pendants can be worn on necklace chains, allowing you to take a reminder of your pet with you wherever you go.
Davenport began learning the craft of glass blowing in 2003. He got the idea to create memorial pieces as he dealt with his own grief.
“About 10 years ago I lost a good friend. I was given a small spoonful of his ashes that I had just set on my bookshelf for a number of years,” Davenport told Bored Panda.
“One day it came to me, and I decided to make him into a marble. There were quite a few friends that thought this was a neat idea and asked me to make them some memorial glass as well. It sort of just snowballed after that.”
Since then, Davenport’s artwork has gained popularity on social media. Although he is often asked how he crafts the pieces, the technicalities remain a secret for now.
“The ashes put a lot of stress into the glass while working with it, making it very difficult to work with,” Davenport said. “I’ve had many glass artists contact me and ask how I do it. I’d be up for teaching a class one day.”
Although the business of working with grieving customers can be challenging, Davenport believes the job is rewarding.
“As each day goes on, I become more and more grateful for the people in my life and the time I get to spend with them,” the artist told Bored Panda.
“Doing this type of work really highlights the love in my life. I look forward to many more years of spreading joy and comfort through memorial glass.”
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