A cremation urn design that was made into the UARK theater

Anatomy of an Amazing Custom and Sculpture Urns

A custom urn is where humanity and creation unite in the face of loss and grief. A custom urn developer can create a container that reflects the legacy your loved one created while they were living.

As the classic saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For some, beauty is seen in a MOPAR 426 HEMI engine block. For others, it’s the delicate curves of a tulip flower that organically move in the wild and reflect the sunlight with a vibrant color. The right urn maker approaches their work with cremation urn designs using the same open-minded perspective. It’s for their customers to decide what subject or theme best represents a life well lived, and it’s their responsibility to bring that to life in an artful way.

There’s a high degree of diversity and subjectivity to custom urn design because it is equally heartfelt and bittersweet. Let’s explore the anatomy of amazing custom sculpture urns and how a leading urn maker can design one that will exceed your expectations.

Model Urn vs. Custom Urn Design

The most important question to ask is whether we will be creating a model or a design. Knowing the difference between these two can help you decide.

Model Sculpture Urns

Urn makers can fabricate model sculpture urns that look exactly like symbols of their loved ones’ lives. For some, this could be a treasured possession, like a Corvette or boat. In the case of a car, the customer can provide pertinent information — the year, make, model, color, pictures — so that the result is perfect. This approach is fantastic when you have a key subject that you’d like to bring to life to memorialize your loved one’s life.

Next, you’ll receive an urn that looks just like the symbol does in real life. The goal is to create a life-like result, and the element of art is to get as close to that item as we can. Careful attention to detail means any feature that makes that particular symbol uniquely your loved one’s is captured. The items that urn makers include in modern sculpture urns might be the following:

  • Special colors
  • Custom license plates
  • Any modifications

Custom Sculpture Urns

A custom urn design is where you tell your urn maker about how your friend or family member loved living, such as going on hikes, watching movies, or swimming in the ocean. After they gain an understanding of their spirit, they can create something that doesn’t currently exist in form but will creatively represent all of those passions. Because of this process, a design results in cremation urn designs that are much more abstract. This often requires more collaboration and input from the customer and is more open to artistic interpretation.

custom urn design of a cabin

Tips For Creating Perfect Custom Sculpture Urns

As a rule of thumb, less is more. With custom urn designs, the most impactful result is one that is focused on a specific item.

Coming to an agreement on what object or theme best represents a person’s life can be challenging. A natural tendency for family members is to ask to have multiple elements on display. Although technically possible, it tends to be disruptive to the piece’s artistic nature due to thematic and size disparities. There are many elements to balance, and it can end up creating complications.

Blending Passions

Imagine trying to artfully create a custom urn sculpture for a person with two passions in life. For example, infusing a favorite mountain peak and football as their symbols can be a conundrum. As a company designs the final urn, having a visually pleasing and meaningful result without making the mountain look tiny or the football look giant is nearly impossible. Choose two complementary elements, or one overall theme, to embrace your loved one's energy without overwhelming the final look.

The more things competing for attention on a single piece, the more difficult the aesthetics become. Adding different elements is not impossible, however. There are things you can do to incorporate multiple design items in sculpture urns. For example, you can easily incorporate them by representing one of the items in a three-dimensional space atop the piece. With a second item and the other (or others), a designer can strategically place them in a two-dimensional space on the front or side of a base for a cleaner look. Many beautiful and truly unique final designs have been created with requirements like this.

Your Part in the Urn Creation Process

As mentioned earlier, beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes it’s hard to envision and imagine what perfect cremation urn designs may look like. The collaborative and iterative nature of the artistic design process is part of what makes working with the right company so amazing. You’ll be involved throughout the process, and nothing will be built until you’ve approved a final version of the art.

Create Custom Sculpture Urns at Foreverence Today

When it comes to your loved one's impact that exists even after they've passed on, we’re compassionate creatives at Foreverence. Our expression is not music or a song that seeks to relate to its listener. It doesn’t use oils or watercolors to illustrate a picture. We’re daring artists who work with a medium that is cherished in ways we’ll never know: urns.

At Foreverence, we can make an urn look like anything — cars, animals, boats, buildings, literally anything. Our truly custom cremation urn designs can capture the interests, feeling, character, essence, and other aspects of the deceased. We allow individuals and families to make uncompromised product choices that align with their personal values.

Our art is custom designed and built cremation sculpture urns that help individuals and families tell the stories of their lives. We’re a team of artists with heart. We love what we do. We’re honored to be part of such a unique and personal endeavor. Contact us today to learn how we can help with our sculpture urns!

Author Bio

Pete Saari is the founder and CEO of Foreverence, a revolutionary company that utilizes 3D printing technologies to create fully customized, one-of-a-kind urns.

His entrepreneurial background and creative spirit are the driving forces behind a reimagination of how end-of-life choices are made in the modern era. Foreverence focuses on celebrating and honoring legacies through artistic pieces that tell the story of a life well lived.

Foreverence has hand-crafted and hand-finished cremation sculptures for people (and pets) from all walks of life, honoring the lives of celebrities like Prince and family and friends.

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