Here is an competition and exhibition in the US, sent over to me by Charles Cowling at the Good Funeral Guide, that deals exclusively with funeral urns as an art form. At first I thought now that’s a bit odd an exhibition about works of art for cremated ashes, but actually if you have a look there is some quite excellent work. I suppose there is two (or more) things going on here first the need for the ashes to be prominent – and these days a lot of us shy away from the big Victorian looking urn on the mantelpiece. However having a thing of beauty that won’t look morbid makes sense. The second is about celebration and recognition for the artist, again no more hiding.
Anyway see for yourselves www.funeria.com