One often wonders what to do with a loved one’s ashes after they have taken that Final Taxi ride and have been cremated. Do you leave them in an urn on the mantle? Do you scatter them in their favorite vacation spot?
Doing something out of the ordinary, British man has had his father’s ashes turned into a teapot.
John Lowndes, 54, says it’s his way of remembering his dad who used to love putting the world to rights over a pot of tea.
“I think he’d understand. The only thing more appropriate would have been a pint glass,” he told the Daily Mail.
His father Ian, 75, died a decade ago after a short illness.
Lowndes said: “Every evening I’d come home from work and find Dad in the garden or in his cottage. We’d go and knock on his door and invite him over for a cup of tea. He usually had some words of wisdom.
“Those cups of tea with Dad were special and when he died I really missed them.”
For a decade his father’s ashes sat in a box in the hallway of Lowndes’s home in Broad Haven, as he tried to decide on a fitting resting place.
“Then I was chatting to a friend whose grandmother had passed away,” he said.
“We got talking about grief and I told her that if I had one wish it would be for another cup of tea with Dad. She turned to me and said “I can fix that”.”
Mr Lowndes was introduced to potter Neil Richardson, whose firm, Here In Spirit, makes ceramic urns and vases using the ashes of the departed.
Richardson incorporate your loved one’s ashes into a joyous commemorative artwork using a practice called Raku. Raku is an ancient technique of glazing developed in East Asia during the 15th century. Richardson has been a student and teacher of Raku for many years and each piece of ceramic art that he creates is completely unique. At Here In Spirit everyone’s ashes are treated with every care and respect.
“I’d not been asked to make a teapot before but I was more than happy to oblige,” he said when talking about Mr. Lowndes’ decision. “We believe that great solace can be found through daily contact with art that genuinely contains an element of the relative, partner or friend we have lost.”