SALT LAKE CITY — A woman who bought a $3 blown glass piece at a Utah thrift store got more than she bargained for after learning it was made from cremated human remains.
Jennifer Peterson recently bought the blue-and-white glass ball at the West Jordan Deseret Industries. It wasn’t until she searched online — hoping to appraise its value — that she figured out its deeper significance.
“I’ve got somebody’s grandma in my house,” Petersonsaid. “Somebody, somewhere is missing. I’d like to return it to the owners and the family.”
After buying the artwork, Peterson noticed a glass stamp on the bottom bearing the name of an Oregon-based art gallery called The Edge.
She searched the gallery’s website but couldn’t find similar pieces until she looked in the “memorial glass” section.
The gallery’s website says pieces like the one Peterson bought typically cost $150, are made from one to three ounces of cremains, and take two or three weeks to finish. The gallery also offers other blown-glass pieces fashioned from remains, including pendants, vases and plates.
Peterson said she called the gallery owners and verified the blue-and-white colorings on the sand-filled globe are formed from ashes.
The bargain-hunter said she’s now on a hunt for the owner of the glass. But if she doesn’t find that person, she said she’ll treasure the piece nonetheless.
“I wouldn’t want somebody to throw it away,” Peterson said. “It deserves respect. If somebody doesn’t claim it, I’d just treat it with respect for the rest of my life.”