There is nothing more heartbreaking and devastating than losing a loved one. Whether it’s your family member, friend or even your pet, it is one of the hardest things to go through in life. We like to keep the good memories of this loved one alive and what would be a better way to do so than with a physical remembrance that encloses an actual part of this beloved friend.
Davenport Memorial Glass offers this kind of memorial pieces, combining the fine glass art with a small portion of the ashes of a loved one. From cremation paws to colored halo pendants, the paw pendants for pets are the most popular.
Cameron Davenport started Davenport Memorial Glass when he lost a loved one himself. “About ten 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.”
“One day it came to me, and I decided to make him into a memorial jewelry 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.”
Davenport offers a charming alternative from a formal gravestone on the cemetery or having the cremation ashes on a loved one sitting on a shelf. “Our goal is to physically capture a moment, to create a keepsake that brings back a memory,” Davenport writes on his website. “Nothing will compare to the time spent with your loved one, but we hope to aid in treasuring them and remembering the precious time you had together.”
It also offers a great option for remembering your beloved pets this way. Pets make up a huge part of our personal lives and often become part of the family. However, there is not a formal way to remember our furry family members. There are a few pet cemeteries but it could well be that there isn’t one close to where you live. In that case, Davenports glass jewelry offers an elegant alternative.
Davenports interest for the ancient art started 16 years ago. “I started blowing glass back in 2003. After many years of struggling, I finally took a class from an artist by the name of Phil Siegel. That’s when everything changed. I started focusing more on the art, and less on the function. Working harder to make it clean and uniform rather than just sellable.”
Davenport combines the ancient techniques with modern ones to create his art work, which isn’t always easy. After years of hard work he invented a special technique, which he prefers to keep secret, to combine the ashes in the glass.
“The ashes put a lot of stress into the glass while working with it, making it very difficult to work with,” he explains. “I’ve had many glass artists contact me and ask how I do it. I’d be up for teaching a class one day.”
As much as Davenport loves what he does, there is also an emotional side to it as his clients are often still mourning over their loss. “One of the hardest parts about my job is hearing stories about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (S.I.D.S.) It absolutely eats me up inside,” said Devonport. “I get a ton of sad emails and often need to take breaks from reading.”
That being said, the fact that his work makes a true difference in people’s lives, makes the work very rewarding. Devonport likes to take time for his clients to hear the story behind each request. “One of my favorite parts about my job is the smiles and tears I receive from my clients,” he said.
“They love the work I do for them and the meaning behind it. 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. 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 the memorial glass.”