Tell the Story Memorial Urn - Custom Order

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A Hungry Holler gourd urn serves as memorial art. Your pet's image will be foremost. Tell me stories that make you laugh and make you smile and I'll interpret them and include them around the gourd. Paco loved...beyond loved...French bread. He loved to lay about and chew sticks. The front images on his memorial gourd Tell the Story. In winter the venerable Paco appreciated walking trenches. He loved his orange hide-a-treat ball and was death on tennis balls. His name in Chinese was made a dominate feature. Old newspaper type blocks were used to spell out his name PACO. PACO appears in reverse because of the nature of the type blocks.

A comfort to pet and human is rubbing the paw; we come to know our pet's foot. I'll include a close image of your pet's foot if it triggers a memory for you.

My urns are important to me. We may speak on the phone, communicate via email. I will need photos. Tell me if your pet had an ear that didn't stand up straight. Tell me if your cat's tail was shorter than most. Details matter to me. Tell me colors you like and colors you can't abide. I will think about your pet and dream about your pet and together we'll create a functional piece of highly personal art. The chosen gourd will be sufficient to contain cremains, a favorite toy, leash, collar.

Usually four to six images of one animal are portrayed, sized to fit according to my aesthetic eye. It may be more. It may be less. They'll be sketched then painted.

I also create memorial gourd urns in honor of beloved humans.

The gourd will arrive in a recycled shipping box, nested in recycled packing material. A gourd sheet providing a brief overview of humankind's long relationship with gourds, and a hand-painted gift bag, and tissue (both made from post-consumer paper) included so you're good to go for gifting.

Start to finish is usually about 30 days. Shipping NOT included. Shipping costs to be determined upon completion of piece, dependent on gourd size, etc.

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  • Reviews From Etsy

    Reviewed by cbpb

    Fabulous, fabulous, TEN star experience... way more fun than even the pictures can show. Ultimately chic and eternally pleasant! :o]

    Reviewed by Cathy

    My Hickory spoon is beautiful! It will be displayed for awhile before I can use it. I love to just look at the quality work and beautiful wood.

    Reviewed by julsjam

    Red, Green, Silver Mosaic 8" Mirror Star Suncatcher Christmas three hundred sixty five days a year! It's so sweet and sparkles, sparkles, sparkles! The box was packed and shipped in no time! Luv it! Great service!

    Reviewed by zabrnaz

    Thank you so much for my beautiful memorial urn! It's beauty and sentiment touches my heart every time I look at it. Your patience and dedication to every detail is greatly appreciated, as is your talent and passion for the beautiful artwork you create, which shines at every angle. Thank you and looking forward to ordering again in the future!!!

    Reviewed by anuckols

    The gourd turned out great and I have my Buddy's ashes in a nice place that is not depressing (like the urns you can get when your dog is cremated). Jan is very responsive and the images of my dog on the gourd bring back great memories. The whole process of sending images for the gourd made a very depressing loss much more bearable. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by julsjam 

    I love it! I have wanted this piece for quite some time. . packed and shipped to perfection! Many Thanks!

    Reviewed by Christine Wilson

    Wonderful seller and unique artwork. I love these pins! Thanks so much!

    Reviewed by sneikirk3

    wow! it's amazing. My husband and I lit it right after I opened it. Our daughter will LOVE it! Thanks so much. And the natural coloring is perfect.

    Reviewed by Christine Wilson

    These are just wonderful, thank you so much. Talented artist and excellent customer service.

    Reviewed by julsjam

    What a wonderful piece of art! It's stunning and's a box! This piece is one of the finest gourds I have ever seen. Beautiful art and very thick walled! It should last for hundreds of years. I read about the artist; Jan Meng in a book titled; "Beyond the basics gourd art" by David Macfarlane. I have also seen her on T.V. and in galleries. I have collected gourd art for many years now. I must say she is at the top of her field and highly respected for her art! The piece was shipped at lighting speed and arrived in perfect condition! It was a pleasure dealing personally with Jan Meng! She kept me informed on every step of the shipment and it was packed to perfection. I must say I got a great deal on the piece! I have seen her work go for much more in the galleries. I will check etsy for more pieces. My fellow gourd art collecting friends are green with envy that I purchased a Jan Meng piece! I'm thrilled!

    Reviewed by eggshellmosaicgirl

    Thank you so much for your assistance in surprise delivery of my order. The mystery remains...for now. It's perfect. Your wonderful pins are out anonymously spreading good will in the universe! Thanks so much.