Dancing in Glass

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. Desmond Tutu

After Jimmy and my mom died, I went looking for a way to keep them close to me. Something that would heal and bring a feeling of peace. After some searching, I found SoulBursts — gorgeous, unique glass memorial pieces, created by artist Michelle Kaptur in 1994 to offer people a way to celebrate the life of someone special. “A way to hold a loved one in your hand.”

Each SoulBurst contains a small amount of the cremated ashes of your loved one fused inside, “creating a unique signature dancing in a celebration of life and color”. Michelle created the first SoulBurst in 1994 as a way to honor her mother and keep her memory close.

SoulBursts only require a small amount of ash, which left us free to scatter the rest as we chose.

“This work I do for people is an honor. I hope that I can create a small spot of light in the grief you are feeling. It is a privilege to be able to help someone celebrate a life.”

To learn more about Michelle, her beautiful creations and her agility dog, Sara, watch this OPB video. Be sure to look for the incredible vase Michelle created to commemorate Mount St. Helens.

Beauty .. light .. Jimmy and Mom dancing ..

Blown glass with red and white strands running through it

Blown glass with purple and white strands running through it


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