“If my love can hold you, I’ll keep you with me.”
A Holding Stone does just what it says – holds space for a loved one. Resembling the tones and textures of natural stones shaped by the elements, this handmade sculpture is a means of staying connected to loved ones no longer with us in physical form… something tangible to hold on to.
Two designs of holding stone are available named for the vague shape resemblance: ‘footprint’ is the more square-shaped pebble and ‘teardrop’ is the one with a more pointed end. Both stones are ergonomically designed to fit your hand for holding and turning as an interactive experience. The contrast between the rough and smooth surfaces – which is the natural result of working with raw materials, becomes an analogy for the ‘rough and smooth’ of life.
Concrete is made using Cornish crushed granite dust to which a polymer bonding agent is added to make the concrete frost proof and waterproof. Cement dye is then added to create natural tones. The pebbles are waxed and polished at the final part of the process. As you handle the companion pebbles the natural oils from your skin will enhance the patina over time. You can use a quality furniture polish to care for your pebble and keep it shiny if you choose.
A small amount of ashes is added to the mould as the cement is being poured so that they become fully incorporated into the solid piece. With the addition of cremation ashes the cement aggregate becomes a unique composition – making each piece is a new creation with its own character and charm. This includes surface markings such as granular patterns and air bubbles that naturally occur in the artisan process. Therefore please bear in mind that photos shown are for display only. Direct replication is impossible, so with a tonal choice for example colour match may not be exact as the pigment to cement ratio may differ slightly.
Approximate size of stones is 10 x 8 x 6 cm
SHAPE OPTIONS: There are two different shapes to choose from for this product. A is more rounded with a flattened face on one side, and B is more of a curved shape narrowing to one side. Both are designed to sit snugly in the hand.