About the Glass
Each unique piece of wearable glass art is carefully crafted in our small Northern California studio. The glass used is borosilicate, which is much more durable than standard glass. (It's the kind of glass that is used in scientific applications.) Each piece is kiln annealed (which also makes it more durable). I have a large variety of different colors available. Please don't hesitate to ask about custom colors and designs.
When you order, I will mail an ash collection kit out to you within 24 hours. I only need a very small amount of ash. I ask for 1/2 teaspoon of ash for a pendant to be safe, but that is actually enough to make three or four memorials. I'm very careful and respectful with the ash, and I'll return the remaining ash to you along with your pendant. The kit will come with instructions.
When you order, if you'd like to, you can send me a photo and tell me about your companion. I'll think about that as I make your piece. That description can influence my work, and in a way, can help to bring the spirit of your friend into this custom pendant.
We are a husband and wife working out of a small studio in Loleta, California (a very small dairy town on the north coast).
I've been blowing glass full time for almost twenty years. I've always enjoyed making things with my hands. I really enjoy the creativity of glass blowing. I find making memorial pendants to be especially rewarding. It really feels like I'm doing something positive for another person. I'm also a musician, with an interest in medieval and renaissance music, and I mainly play viola da gamba. I also occasionally write music (http://ci-studios.com/)
My wife, Kelly, has also done glass work for nearly twenty years. Currently she divides her time between glass blowing and oil painting (http://www.kellyleal.com/). Kelly is also a musician with an interest in early music. She plays violin.
We live on a couple of acres of land (where our studio is located); along with our two young sons, two cats, one dog, and a flock of chickens.
The Pet Lady Blog: The pendant is absolutely gorgeous. Brought me to tears, to be honest. Right away it reminded me of a star-filled sky. (The full review is HERE).
Cat Chat with Caren & Cody: I think it is just beautiful and I love how the glass is blown with the colors entwined, symbolizing that Bobo and I are forever "entwined" and are forever "Kindred Spirits." It represents the two of us embracing. (The full review can be read HERE).
Below are some reviews from my Etsy shop. They are taken from the hundreds of 5 star reviews at: HawkesGlass
This artist is wonderful! Very respectful of everything and answered all questions completely. I have used him for two memorial pieces and each one has reflected each soul completely and so beautifully. I was kept apprised of each step of the transaction and they were created and shipped very quickly…which made my soul very happy. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone who needs a beautiful memorial piece of their loved one to hold close and treasure always.
Absolutely amazing customer service, he walks you through every step. My pendant turned out beautifully and I cherish it so much. One of a kind and something I can keep close to me always.
The necklace is beautiful and brings me a lot of peace to keep with me.
What an absolutely wonderful artist to work with! Customized the pendant to the size and style I wanted, so kind. And handled my ashes with respect. Pendant is just lovely, and the subtlety of the occlusions is perfect. Thank you.
Wonderful business to work with! The memorial pendants are absolutely beautiful. I can't get over how attentive and respectful Dana is. The order process is amazingly easy and very fast. I'll be back!
FABULOUS! I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful this pendent turned out. I bought it as a very special gift for my sister, but now I want one for myself. Communication was fabulous, as well.
Dana took a genuine interest in my late cat and really went above and beyond to make sure my pendant would be exactly as I wanted it. Such a kind and helpful person, and he created a very beautiful glass jewel to help me keep a piece of my little cat with me. thank you for all the help.
The item is absolutely perfect!!! I would definitely buy from again! The communication was excellent! I was given detailed information of how to ship the ashes and I was informed when they arrived and when they shipped which was by the way the very next day! I couldn't be happier!!!
A way to always have a piece of my bff with me!!
This is my 4th order from this shop. I highly recommend all the pieces offered and then some. They are absolutely divine as is the artist❣️💥
Very quick turnaround and beautiful.
Having to order a memorial pendant left my heart aching but doing so from this shop made the experience exceptionally reverent and tender. The communication was sincere and caring; the pendant is stunning and is now the heart of a memorial mala; and the handling of my dear Maggie's ashes was done with a heartfelt sanctity. I can't thank you enough for creating such a wonderful memorial pendant, and for making the experience seamless. Your warmth and sincerity left me with no doubt that she would be handled with the utmost care. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Amazing. Better then expected and we expected it to be perfect.
This is such a beautiful piece. I ordered two for my sister and I for both of our parents and we cannot be more happy with them. Hawkes Glass was kind and courteous and I felt like they really cared about the pieces. I could tell that my order was the priority as I got the necklaces back in record time from when I sent my parents' ashes to them. They kept me updated about the process and if there would be delays. I cannot recommend this shop enough. Thank you so much!
Absolutely love my necklace. Thank you so much for making something so beautiful to remember my son by.
I truly appreciate the time and effort taken to develop something different for me. My dear Chubbs' ashes dance across a night sky on the front and a perfect red heart is on the back. Exactly what I wanted, it is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your creativity and making this precious keepsake for me. Thank you for your excellent communication and quick shipment.
Absolutely beautiful piece. I couldn't ask for anything more lovely. Great customer service. Highly talented artisan. I will definitely be using this shop again.
Literally amazing on every level... even better than the pictures !!!
So happy with my purchase. Great size, shape, and color. Would definitely recommend this shop to anyone looking for quality glass pieces.
I've been looking for a glass artist to make something like this and he gave me a great quality piece at a good price. Fast shipping as well, definitely recommended.
thank you so much for the beautiful piece and super fast shipping! amazing work🤙🏻
I love it so much. It's a truly impressive work of art! And great communication with the seller. Thank you 💚
Dark solid colors and nicely carved with very quick delivery. An excellent choice!
Amazing quality and details!
Super fast shipping! I absolutely love this unique glass piece!