When artist Justin Crowe’s grandfather passed away, he decided he needed to honour the memories he had with him in a new way.
The ceramicist started a project, in which he took the bones of 200 people, ground them up and made a dinnerwear set called Nourish.
Inspired by the venture, Justin began making custom orders for people who wished to infuse the memory of their loved ones into an everyday object.
His business, called Chronical Cremations, permeates the ashes of the deceased into "memorial objects" including jewellery, coffee mugs and candle holders.
Justin aims to help people continue to share in the experience of life with their loved ones after they have passed away.
As one customer said to Justin: "I can hardly wait to have coffee with my sister every morning. I miss her beyond words."
To avail of Justin's unique service, all you have to do is choose your memorial object, ship off a specific amount of your loved one's ashes, and allow Chronical Creations to get to work.
The ashes are collected, ground into a fine powder, and added to a glaze mixture including clay and other materials, or mixed in with the clay itself.
While this memorial method is definitely unconventional, it is undoubtedly comforting to those who wish to remember the deceased in the warmth of a cup of tea or a vase of flowers, rather than more traditional methods.