Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Cemetery Art from Ohio

I have a feeling everyone who reads this blog has some level of appreciation for cemetery art. Katie Kelly has always loved cemeteries and wanted to find a way to preserve the beautiful tombstones she saw. She puts it well, I think:
Thinking of the people who have come before us, the skill and craftsmanship of the person who created these hand carved one of a kind gravestones, the love of the person who commissioned the headstone, all these things I thought about as I explored these places.
Kelly found a way to make a master impression of the stone without damaging it. She then recreates the images in clay and fires them in a kiln. The results are beautifully haunting. Her shop is called Grey Squirrel Studio.

17th Century Tombstone Impression
Curiosity Dish
1800's Tombstone Impression
1800's Headstone Impression
Primitive Tombstone Dish
Gravestone Willow and Urn Impression

Kelly also uses tiny impressions to make jewelry.

All of the Grey Squirrel Studio items are very reasonable priced. These are pieces to look at and contemplate- about the people that were buried beneath them, about our loved ones who have died, and about our own death. Memento Mori.

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