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Carole and Ron Javner recently opened Eternal Ware in Newport, Minn. They offer an artistic alternative to scattering a loved one’s cremated remains. Instead, their ashes can be integrated into an original piece of ceramic art. A portion of the cremated remains of Carole Javner’s mother were used to make the jug she is holding. (Forum News Service photo by William Loeffler)

Ashes to assets: New business has artistic way to memorialize loved ones

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NEWPORT, Minn. -- Ron Javner wants to be cremated after he dies. That’s not so unusual.

But instead of having his ashes placed in an urn, he wants to be the urn.

He wants his cremains mixed with clay, which an artist would then shape and bake into a piece of glazed pottery. He’d rather be on the mantle than be scattered over, say, Lake Superior.

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William Loeffler
William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 
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