We are Noel & Jill Brennan, a husband and wife team helping you stay connected through sculpture. Our casting of ashes method and service is unique and we are committed to providing a caring, personal and professional service. Every stage of the process is done lovingly by hand and we make all our own moulds so you will not find our designs anywhere else.
Shortly after placing an order you will receive an ashes collection kit containing instructions and everything you need to return some ashes to us. These will be handled respectfully and lovingly at all stages of the process. They will be stored in a safe place until we are ready to cast them on your behalf at an arranged time of which you will be informed.
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The ashes you send us are cast - literally sprinkled - into the mould as the cement is being poured so that they become fully incorporated into the solid piece.
In this returning to earth they are reformed into something new … something tangible to hold space for the essence of the one you love.
ASHES COLLECTION KIT
The ashes collection kit will include instructions customised to your order so you only send us the amount of ashes we can use. The ashes will be double-bagged inside sealed plastic pouches, then folded and sealed with a sticker so as to avoid any leakage during transit. The attached name label should include the name and postcode of the person making the order.
Although we will have a record of your order through our online shop transaction, you will be able to write further instructions, to clarify colour choice for example, on the enclosed order form.
Upon receipt of the ashes we will send you an email to let you know they have arrived safely and to tell you when we plan to do the casting.
Care of ashes
We feel very honoured that you entrust us with something so precious as your loved one's ashes, and can assure you that we take good care of them and always handle them with respect.
They are stored in a dedicated secure cabinet and never leave our workshop. Before we start a casting we always light a candle in honour of the person who has died and in acknowledgement of absent friends and family. We are conscious of how much this means to you and want to give you the opportunity to personalise the occasion. For example you could choose a piece of music you wanted us to play or even join us via a livestream link if you want to feel more involved.
Each of our designs is sculpted by Noel, initially in clay, after which a silicone mould is made by pouring rubber in layers. For larger pieces a plaster jacket is created which will hold the mould in place during the casting process.
For our cement mix, we use sand mined at a local quarry, meaning that when you commission a sculpture from us not only will you get something unique and lovingly made, but also a little piece of Cornwall.
The sculptures that are listed in our product collections can be ordered directly through our online shop. Since the beginning it has often been your ideas and requests have shaped how our portfolio has evolved, and we continue to enjoy the creative process of working with you in this way.
If there is something in particular you have in mind please speak to us about it. It may be something we can add to our portfolio of designs.
If your request is personalised it will require the making of a new mould as we rarely engrave on the surface of concrete unless for small markings.
With bespoke commissions we keep you informed throughout the process, sending photos for your approval.
Prices range depending on the size of the item. An estimate will be given upon enquiry and if you proceed we ask for a 50% payment in advance with the rest due upon completion.
Placed indoors or outdoors your Casting Ashes® sculpture will be something you can cherish for years to come and take with you if you move house.
Our sculpture reflects the shapes, tones and textures of the natural landscape. Each piece is a one-off, with its own distinctive markings, flaws , character and unique charm..
just like us
Jill is a teacher with a background in social work and Christian ministry.
We are Noel & Jill, a married partnership who moved to Cornwall in 2015 for a lifestyle change & to work creatively together. Casting Ashes was trademarked in 2017 and combines our interests in sculpture, spirituality and pastoral care.
We are dedicated to helping you manage loss and grief by connected through sculpture. We hope our products bring you a sense of comfort, reassurance, peace and enduring presence.
We live in a little cottage close to our workshop with our son, daughter and Roy the miniature poodle. We feel so lucky to live here and when we are not working we enjoy exploring the gorgeous Cornish countryside, woodlands and coastal areas.
Noel is the designer and sculptor with a commercial background is in film, media and special effects.