Losing a loved one, either human or animal, is one of the hardest experiences you’ll face in life. To help keep the memories alive many of us like to have a physical reminder to keep close at hand, something beautiful and meaningful that contains the essence of a friend departed.
Davenport Memorial Glass specializes in just these kind of physical reminders, creating memorial pieces that infuse a small quantity of a loved one’s ashes with stunning glass works of art. The pet paws are particularly popular and are small enough for you to carry a little piece of your beloved cat or dog with you wherever you go.
"Our goal is to physically capture a moment, to create a keepsake that brings back a memory,” Davenport writes on their website.
While pets make up a huge part of many of our lives, there is no formal custom when it comes to memorializing them. If pet lovers decide to do anything at all, most will choose to bury their furry friends. Pet cemeteries exist, and people can choose to bury or cremate their pets there along with gravestones and statues, just like we do for humans.
However, if you don’t have a pet cemetery nearby and feel that perhaps a formal burial is too much, Davenport’s memorial pieces offer a tasteful alternative. You just need to somehow get a small spoonful of ashes and send them to Davenport by post. You could also get a paw-imprint pendant, like the one pictured below.
"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.” Cameron Davenport, the man behind the business 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.”
The job comes with a portion of sadness for Cameron, as many of his customers are still in a grieving process. Cameron takes the time to make a personal connection with his customers, so he often hears the background behind the requests for custom pieces. " I get a ton of sad emails and often need to take breaks from reading,” he said.
Of course, there is the other side too. Cameron’s craftmanship produces pieces that go beyond art and become cherished memories, something that can make a real difference to the lives of his clients.
"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 memorial glass.”