Remains to be Seen

Memorial Ash Paper Weights

You can find comfort in the beauty of your special one's remains. Ashes react with the glass creating striking colors.

Hollow inserts available for all remains.

Traditionalstarting at 75.00

Eternal Flamestarting at 280.00

Special orders available.

The Remains to be Seen project is one of healing, preservation of memories, and love. It started when I lost my beautiful Shepard mix dog, Mulder. Mulder was my best friend, he was my most trusted companion, he was my child, and I loved him dearly. His loss was devastating.

It was impossible for me to go into the glass studio without Mulder. He wasn't always in there when I blew glass, but he was always close by. So one morning I asked him to help me find the strength I needed to go back to work, and carrying his ashes with me, we went back in the studio together.

I started to work with his cremains, creating reductions working them directly into hot glass. I added metals, and stringers, watching the ashes react inside and it was amazing. I discovered that how and when the ashes were added changed the colors and designs. For me, this very special work was a way to start the process of healing, and I thought if I could heal this much from making something beautiful of Mulder, that others might be helped as well.

I've always believed in spirits and the after-life. I ask each spirit of the cremains if they would like to help me with their piece, and amazing things have happened. Every paperweight has its own personality. It might be the cremains reacting with the glass, or it might be the spirit making a presence.

If you've lost a family member or dear pet, I would like to help you and your loved ones with the process of healing. Please contact me for more information about Remains to be Seen by phone or email.

Phone: 608-588-7718


The ashes of a twenty-two-year-young man put a large new moon with a face on one side of his paperweight. A symbol that was "special" to the family which was easily interpreted and understood.

One woman wanted a gilded dragonfly added to her husband's piece, but he broke two of them before I talked to her husband's spirit and explained his wife was getting that dragonfly no matter how many times he broke it. Finally, he let her have the dragonfly, but his cremains popped right to the top of the piece so she had to see him too.

A little white Shih-Tzu made the glass twist into a circle, and in the middle of the circle the glasses shimmered. If you tipped it another way, you could see a silhouette of a little white Shih-Tzu looking right at you.

Remains to be Seen Stories

Artist Portfolio

Glass Classes Available

Glass Fusing - Jewelry & Ornaments

2 person minimum
20 person maximum

45.00 (3 Hour Class)

No previous experience required

Glass Blowing

2 person minimum per class

450.00 (2 - 7hr. Days)

Colleen Ott, Master Glass Blower, will give an instructive and fast paced introduction. Two days with molten glass, learning the basics of beginning blown forms.

No previous experience required

Studio Rental Time Available

45.00/hr. Experience Necessary

Colleen Ott


Colleen Ott, glass artist, began her career in 1968 at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. In 1971, Professors Dr. Robert Bailey and Doug Johnson convinced her that studying a year abroad would advance her career. She studied at the Royal College of Art in London, England and the Eisch Factory in Frauanau, Germany. Upon her return, she received her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1973. This was followed by additional studies at Ohio State University-Athens in 1976 where she received a Master of Art degree. Her Master of Fine Arts degree in glass sculpture was obtained at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1977. She then went on to build a studio called the Mineral Point (WI) Foundry and Glass Artist's Studio where she taught classes, gave demonstrations, and conducted tours and seminars. This was in addition to exhibiting her own work in exhibitions and at art fairs around the country. From 1983 to 1987, Colleen was a Glass Artist Assistant at (Harvey) Littleton and Company in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, where she organized and oversaw studio activities for European and American glass artists.

In 1988 she returned to Wisconsin to build a studio near her family close to Sauk City. Here she continued creating work and exhibiting her work traveling to shows and gallery exhibitions. In 1998 Colleen bought an old restaurant in the small tourist town of Spring Green. After converting the building to a gallery and glass studio, she taught University of Wisconsin-Platteville students in her shop for sculpture credits and she has taught drawing and silversmithing at the Madison (WI) Area Technical College extension program. In addition, she organized and built the facility for the Peter Morris Glass Studio in Winona, Minnesota. Colleen has received many awards for her work as well as publicity in numerous magazines, books, and newspapers. She comments, "Glass has an intelligence, a spirit, and a potential for life that no other medium has. Glass is so immediate it requires the motions of a ballerina, the strength of a weight lifter, and the vitality of a childs."

Upcoming Events

October 15-17, 2021 • 10am - 6pm

Baraboo • Spring Green • Dodgeville • Mineral Point

Contact Colleen Ott

For more information about Remains to Be Seen, Gallery Art on 23, Glassblowing, Details on Events and more, contact Colleen by phone or email.

Phone: 608-588-7718


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