Memorials that speak of a place as well as a person

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Hand blown glass bowl representing the colours of their favourite football team, with a beautiful hand cut inscription. The turned beech wood base has a carved pattern of hills and trees representing the places they loved to play in as a child.
A hand blown engraved bowl sits upon a craggy piece of Welsh slate representing the sea and coastline of their beloved Wales

 

The thing that brings me more pleasure than anything when making memorials for people, is the symbolic significance they hold. Whether it is an urn for ashes or a garden sculpture, I try to imbue the work symbolically with the essence of the person it represents. This may be through a certain colour, or an inscription, or a shape or form.

The materials used are also very important. If the person was Welsh, I would try and design something using some local slate or oak, if they come from the south of England I would source some Portland or other local stone. A piece of local stone used for a sculpture is a small chunk of the land the person comes from, and speaks of them as well as the place they were born or lived in. It is a small piece of “their world”. We are part of Britain, Europe, the World, but home never leaves us.