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New Product from ASHinGlass.com

 

Ashinglass memory globes is an elegant way to memorialize the precious life of a family member, friend, or beloved pet.


Having an everlasting reminder of a loved one provides much comfort and closure.

We create everlasting memories from cremation ash.

The Memory Globes sparked a deep vision to create something magical. 

A new product will be released the week of July 11th.  The DOG BONE .

It’s you I turn to
when my heart needs a hug;
It’s you I look to
when my worlds come undone;
It’s you I can count on
to lend me strength when I have none.

It’s you I trust with my
deepest and wildest of dreams;
It’s you I trust with my
most cherished things;
It’s you I appreciatein a million ways;
It’s you I thank my lucky stars
for every single day.


It's the 50th Anniversary of the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach

 

I will be showing and performing, GlassBlowing techniques throughout the summer in the Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach.

The Sawdust Art Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public and promoting the art created in Laguna Beach. Since its inception, the nonprofit Sawdust Art Festival organization has celebrated and supported the work of local artists.


Designed to both entertain and educate, the Sawdust Art Festival draws more than 200,000 visitors worldwide each year. Visitors are invited to shop along sawdust-covered paths through a hand-crafted village of fine arts and superb craftsmanship. Artists that exhibit during the summer festival are Laguna Beach residents. The Sawdust Art Festival also features art demonstration booths such as glassblowing, complimentary hands-on art workshops, a children’s art booth, a Ceramic Center, as well as refreshments from four outdoor cafes and a saloon, live musical entertainment and more.

The Sawdust Art Festival sets itself apart from Laguna Beach’s other summer art festivals in that it is non-juried, so it plays a vital role in supporting the careers of many local artists. The Sawdust has expanded from its beginnings as a small show on a vacant lot on PCH to a nine-week festival set in Laguna Canyon on a cool three-acre, eucalyptus grove, complete with waterfalls. The Sawdust is Southern California’s most popular summer art festival.

 

FESTIVAL HOURS
Sawdust Art Festival’s 50th Annual Summer Show

Friday, June 24 through Sunday, August 28, 2016
Open 10-10 daily*

*Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on 4th of July


Top Glass Artisanal Maker, Muffin Spencer-Devlin

Muffin Spencer-Devlin spent the better part of her formative years chasing a golf ball toward fame and fortune. She traveled and played and traveled and played on the LPGA Tour for twenty-one years. She won three LPGA events; the MasterCard International in 1985, the United Virginia Bank Classic in 1986 and the Ping Cellular-One in 1989. She crossed the million dollar mark in career earnings in 1999.

She retired to Laguna Beach, California in early 2000. Other than to support a yearly charity event for H.O.M.E.S. (Helping Our Mentally Ill Experience Success) at Mesa Verde C.C., she looked for stimulation beyond the realm of sport and professional golf. She spent a year as studio assistant to famed sculptor, Cheryl Ekstrom. She learned to weld at OCC. she tried the stone sculpting course at LCAD. She even tried a year of handymanning around town, yet nothing sparked her imagination or ignited her passion.

Until 2006 when she first watched her best friend, Megan Ekstrom blow glass. And she watched for a long time. The heat was intense and the fear factor high. When she finally dipped a hot pipe into the furnace and brought out some molten glass... She was hooked. Megan graciously agreed to teach and they embarked on a project of 160 wedding paperweights. It was Muffin's literal trial by fire.

Bitten hard by the glass bug, she showed up every week to stand in front of the fire and blow stuff with Megan. "Little bowls at first," she explained, " I was put off by getting anything bigger than a small bowl into the annealer by myself. And then I'd love what I'd made and realized I could put it in my pocket and gift it to a friend with great flair, as if I'd had a precious jewel to present.

In the summer of 2009, famed Laguna Beach glass blower, John Barber asked Muffin to assist him during his glass demonstrations at the Sawdust Art Festival. She was thrilled and scared poopless all at the same time. "I pointed out to John that I had no experience in the realm he was talking about, but he reassured me and let me know he'd tell me what to do as we went along. And he did and I learned 22 new things every time! It was an amazing summer."

Muffin spent 4 years as John's apprentice. In 2012 she went off on her own to pursue her own company, Trophy Glass. "Now I am my own Master and currently engaged in a fascination with bringing elements of my old life into this new one."

You may find more information about Muffin Spencer-Devlin’s golf career at www.lpga.com.


Do you want to Scatter Ashes ? Laws & Regulations

The lack of choices one is presented to carry on a loved ones remembrance was the main motivation behind the creation of our product. Our custom made artisanal glass globes will allow you to have a token other than an urn or cremation box to honor your loved one.


We can bring an added element of beauty to an otherwise distasteful ceremony.

A lot of us are not sure where it is legal to scatter our loved ones ashes. This article consolidates information found on the ICCFA, CANA, and CremationSolutions websites as well as some creative new ways to lay, or launch, your loved one into the next world.

Where Can I Scatter Cremated Remains or Ashes?

Private Property: It is appropriate to scatter your loved ones ashes on private property if it is your own property. If you want to scatter their ashes on another persons property it is only okay if they consent to it.

Public Property: If you are trying to scatter ashes in a publicly controlled place like a park, you should have to check with the local laws and regulations of your municipality before doing so. You may need a permit in order to scatter the ashes. If you are trying to scatter cremains somewhere public that is not regulated like a forest then you should also check with the local authorities as to whether it is permissible to scatter ashes there. If it is okay, you should scatter the ashes at least 100 yards away from trails to respect other people who may be offended or disturbed by watching this.

Scattering Ashes in Water: When scattering ashes in the water, you must scatter the ashes at a distance of at least 3 nautical miles and the water must be at least 600 feet deep. Some places will require the water to be deeper. For example, Florida requires the water to be 1,800 feet deep. You can also throw things overboard with the ashes like flowers. However, everything that is thrown with the ashes must be able to decompose. Within the first 30 days of disposing of the ashes you must contact the EPA .

The guidelines above are good to keep in mind, however a good rule or thumb reiterated by many reputable industry organizations is “Don’t ask, don’t tell”. They key is to be respectful of others when scattering the cremated ashes of a loved one.


Remembrance Gift Cards

Are you searching shopping websites and store aisles this holiday season, captive to that frenzied, loving and exasperated hunt for perfect holiday gifts, here’s a little gift, of sorts, from researchers who study gift giving and receiving: Think gift card.

Because the less specific the gift, the more it will be appreciated.

You shudder, you recoil. But the sad truth is that while gift cards constitute a minority of holiday gifts, according to the National Retail Federation, they have been the most popular gift request since 2007.

ASHinGLASS will be offering a special Remembrance gift card for the holidays.