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An Interview With Kenny Scott – the Artist Behind Ash Glass Design

Are you considering getting memorial jewellery or art made from your loved one’s ashes?

If so, you may even have wondered about the artists behind cremation or memorial glass.

After all, sending away your loved ones’ ashes in the post involves a lot of trust. It’s people like Kenny Scott of Ash Glass Design who have the task of receiving them at the other end, before carefully crafting them into beautiful pieces of jewellery or art. It’s a intricate process that involves a lot of skill and experience.

That’s why we’ve published this special interview with Kenny Scott, so you can learn more about his background as an experienced glassmaker and artist.

An interview with Kenny Scott of Ash Glass Design

Q. Hi Kenny, thanks for agreeing to the interview today. How are you? 

A. I’m very well, thank you.

Q. Firstly, can you tell us a little bit about your background as a glassmaker? When did you first start out making handcrafted glass?

A. I’ve always wanted to make glass. I left school at 16 to become a glassmaker, and that’s when I took on a five-year apprenticeship. After that I became a designer and production manager at a place called Selkirk glass. I was there for around 10 years, and used a lot of traditional methods to create glass that people collected all around the world.

After that, I started making some stuff for museums and various different places, as well as taking commissions from clients.

Q. And what first got you started making cremation glass? 

A. Well, I actually only started making cremation glass around three years ago. However, I had the idea about 22 years before; it’s just the opportunity never really came along for me to do anything about it. So, I was really excited when a local funeral director first approached me about it, and I began making memorial glass pieces.

Q. Is the process quite similar, or did it take a while to get used to at first?

A. It’s been a big learning curve, to be honest. I’m a professionally trained glassmaker, having been making glass designs for 24 years now, so suffice to say you really need that knowledge first. There’s so many aspects to consider, such as different temperatures, how the glass reacts to certain materials, how to cool it down, heat it up, keep it stable. It’s like a chemistry all of its own.

When it came to making cremation glass, the experience I’d gained over those 24 years really helped me to master this new, different style. That base knowledge definitely helped me adapt a lot faster.

Q. Did it feel odd at first, working with people’s ashes?

A. You know, it might for some people, but to be honest it’s something I’ve never really thought about that way. I take a lot of care in them for what they are, and I have so much pride in my work when delivering the finished result. It’s such an important, personal thing to so many people and that’s really the way you have to look at it.

Q. What’s the best thing about making ashes into cremation jewellery?

A. I’d say definitely for me at least, the best part of making cremation jewellery is what you get out of doing it. It’s the reaction you get from the end customer; the people you get to know along the way, and how happy you make them. If you can do that for someone, it makes you feel really good. Reading the hundreds of positive reviews from customers gives me a really warm feeling.

Q. Have you ever had any struggles along the way?

A. You live and learn, really. I make a point of never really putting anything out if I can put my name to it, but at times it can still take a bit of trial and error. For instance, when trying to get a very specific colour that I’m not used to making, I might have to experiment a few times before I’m confident enough to add in the ashes.

Q. What’s the main ethos behind Ash Glass Design?

A. I really wanted to make memorial glass jewellery affordable for anyone who’s ever lost a loved one. Creating an everlasting memory for people to hold onto, something that brings them comfort – whether that be jewellery or a piece of art – it’s something that’s so personal. It should be an option for anyone who wants it.

And because all of our jewellery is handcrafted, I wanted to ensure all of my customers are treated with the utmost consideration and care. They’re not just a number to me, I want them to feel like they can pick up the phone at any time, and never be too scared to get in touch or ask a question.

Q. Are there any more products you’ll be looking to introduce in future?

A. Yes! I’m planning to introduce some more sculptures, along with possibly some more contemporary jewellery as well. I’m going to try and do a sculpture featuring hearts, and introduce some different colours for my sculpture ‘Circles of Life’. Let’s just say I’ve got a few more ideas in the pipeline, so stay tuned!

Q. That’s amazing news! Well, thanks for taking the time to talk to us today, Kenny. 

A. You’re very welcome!

Conclusion

Well, there we have it! The personal side of memorial glass jewellery making is so often hidden, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re considering ordering cremation glass jewellery, it’s always a good idea to phone up and see if you can speak to the person who’ll be making your special piece of jewellery or art. It could really help set your mind at ease!

Have you got a question to ask Kenny about his memorial glass designs? Just leave a comment below!

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Memorial Glass Art Canvas vs Memorial Art Sculpture: Which is Best?

Are you looking for the perfect piece of memorial glass art to remember a lost loved you’ve lost?

There’s no right or wrong way to celebrate the memory of a loved one who has passed away.

Some prefer to scatter their ashes, whilst others hold onto them in the form of a decorative urn – and some even consider memorial glass jewellery so they have something to hold in their hands.

However, if your loved one was an art lover, or you’re more partial to decorative art than jewellery you can wear (and potentially lose), you might be considering a memorial glass canvas or art sculpture.

Both can be a beautiful addition to your home; something to remind you of that someone special every day. But how do you choose?

Having worked in glass design for over 20 years, I’m going to tell you the main reasons my customers choose one or the other, so you can decide for yourself.

Why choose a memorial glass art canvas?

Memorial art canvases are ideal if you have space on your wall, and love the idea of a loved one protectively watching over you. They can also be a good choice if you don’t have the space for a large sculpture in your home.

These canvases make great gifts, but if you’re buying for yourself, they also make a lovely piece of art. You don’t even necessarily have to explain to visitors what’s inside them – it’s completely up to you.

Because memorial art canvases typically use less glass than a sculpture, they can also be an affordable option if you don’t have the budget for a larger piece. Plus, they only need a small amount of ashes, so you can always get something else made later.

TIP: Check my blog to learn more about the creation process that goes into my unique memorial art canvases.

Why choose a memorial glass art sculpture?

A memorial glass art sculpture is a great idea if you want to invest in a gorgeous and striking feature piece for your home. Some can be dramatic, whilst others can be made with your choice of design.

Memorial glass art sculptures come in all shapes and sizes, and most of them sparkle beautifully in the light – making them perfect for placing on your windowsill.

Another nice feature of memorial glass art sculptures is that they often come with wooden bases (depending on the type you get). This allows to you add a silver plate with an engraving of your own personal message.

Plus, just like memorial art canvases, it only takes a very small amount of your loved ones’ ashes to create a sculpture you’ll admire for years to come.

TIP: Read my blog ‘Ashes to Art: Fantastic Glass Sculptures’ to find out more about the steps I use to create my own memorial glass art sculptures.

Advice before buying your memorial glass art piece

The first thing I say to anyone who is considering purchasing memorial glass art is to always call up and speak to your chosen company or artist first. Never send ashes away in the post until you are happy and confident that they’ll be in safe hands.

To help, here are 8 questions to ask a cremation glass company BEFORE you buy, as I can’t bear to think of anyone being left disappointed.

Conclusion

I’m sorry for your loss, but I hope this article has gone some way to helping you decide whether you’d prefer a memorial glass art canvas, or a sculpture to remember your loved one.

Perhaps neither! There are so many options out there, and the choice is an entirely personal one.

If there’s anything you’re feeling unsure about, please don’t hesitate to pop a comment below, or get in touch with me directly. I’ll do my best to help!