Our skilled glass artist, Eli Zilke will infuse the ashes of your loved one with a visual energy and grace that is truly unique to glass. Select a color and sculpted design that speaks to you or best reflects the individual. Each piece is created privately during a designated time in our studio. If you wish to be present or take part in the creative process, we welcome you.
“Glass is a beautiful and permanent way to memorialize a loved one. I’ve been involved for several years helping grieving family and friends carry out their loved ones final wishes. Through this process I have heard many story’s filled with laughter or tears thinking about memories. I love having folks in the studio and describing the process while they watch the object come to fruition. I believe (hope) that I’ve been able to help bring some closure through an otherwise difficult time.” Eli Zilke
Eli Zilke began his glass journey at Water Street Glassworks at the age of 12 when he joined the Fired-Up! Program. It was love at first “gather” and really became more of an obsession. After a couple years in the program he started training as a studio technician and eventually a teaching assistant under Jerry Catania. In 2013 Eli departed Water Street Glassworks to Co-Found Hot Shop Valpo a production glass studio in Northwest Indiana.
In 2018 Eli returned to Water Street to assume the position of Studio Manager/Production Designer as well as the core glassblowing instructor. He hopes to launch the passions of new generations of glassblower for years to come.