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Art From Ashes is pleased to offer new designs to memorialize loved ones and are now available to order directly from our site. To view all of our memorial pieces in one location, visit our Gallery of Remembrances.

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About Us


Co-owners of Art From Ashes: Jane Giat, Deb Brown and Jenny Bourgeois.

Art From Ashes was initially founded after years of research and numerous attempts to locate artistic glass memorials that would properly honor the memory of our loved ones. We know first hand the devastating pain caused by the death of a loved one and the comfort that enduring memories provide.  We were inspired by the beauty and the strength of a favorite grandmother's paperweight collection, acquired over a 100 year lifetime of travel and memories. An Art From Ashes remembrance honors the memory of a deceased loved one using the aesthetic to express the spiritual. The bird in our logo represents a Phoenix, the legendary symbol of immortality.

We pride ourselves on the exceptional quality of our customer service. Our compassion and support are reflected in our clients' testimonials as well as in our financial commitment to health-related charities and animal rescue organizations.

About the Artists

Robert Burch

Robert Burch has been working in blown glass for over 35 years, creating exquisite works of art in his 200 year-old barn/studio in Putney, VT.   His glasswork includes vases, perfume bottles, paperweights, as well as glass sculpture and one-of-a-kind commissioned pieces.  In Robert's words, "Most of my inspiration comes from my natural surroundings, and is further enhanced by the beauty of the glass in its molten state." Robert's works have been shown in numerous juried shows and galleries across the country since 1977.  In 1998 he was commissioned to create a glass ornament for the White House Christmas tree. In 2001, Robert was commissioned to create the Vermont Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, and has created this glass sculpture award every year since.  Macy's, Bloomingdales, and Neiman-Marcus are some of his commercial clients.

Kevin Kilgore

In addition to individual glass pieces, Art From Ashes is thrilled to offer the Glass-Topped Walking Stick, a unique pet remembrance that integrates the beauty of Robert Burch's glasswork with the artistry of Kevin Kilgore's hand-carved walking sticks.  Kevin has been handcrafting wooden walking sticks for many years. An avid outdoorsman, he uses only non-endangered trees native to New England to create functional and beautiful works of art, usually in lightweight maple.  Kevin's shoulder-high walking sticks are terrific for hiking, birding, backpacking or walking on uneven surfaces, as their length provides greater strength and stability.  The natural leather handgrip provides additional comfort and keeps your glass memorial within view.

Nancy Tobey

A lifelong love of glass brought Nancy Tobey to beadmaking in 1996 and today she is a full-time glass bead artist and teacher. She is known for her work in borosilicate glass that is colorful and sculptural. Nancy creates depth and luminosity in her beads through complex layering of powders and frits, as well as the application of oxidations and reduction techniques. She is an active member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers and has served on its Board of Directors. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and galleries throughout the country.

Nathan Macomber

Nate first blew glass at Massachusetts College of Art in 1995; he was hooked from the first bubble. Nate received his BA in Glass from Prescott College in 1999 and has studied glass at the Massachusetts College of Art, the Corning Museum of Glass, and the Penland School of Arts and Crafts.  Nate's colorful glass shields, vases and bowls show a true mastery of the difficult medium of hot glass. He often combines forged iron into his work.  In the fall of 2003 several of his glass pumpkins were used on the set of the Today Show. In 2004, the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen named Nate their Craftsman of the Year.  His work can be seen in galleries throughout New England and Arizona as well as in various juried art shows. 

   

 

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