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'Afterthoughts:' Laid to rest in marbles

 

June 27, 2019

Jenna Kunze

John Svenson demonstrates the process of cremation bead creation at his studio, Extreme Dreams Gallery. Torch temperatures reach 2200 degrees to melt the glass and oxidize the ashes.

When local Haines artist John Svenson's mother died 15 years ago, he did not bury her, or scatter her ashes in the sea.

Instead, Svenson included bits of her cremated body into more than 100 marbles, bringing them on travels to deposit bits of her...



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