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Artist's Ashes Become Works Of Art

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by Chris Conte

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Sylvia Hyman spent most of her life in love with sculpting and creating memorable pieces of artwork and now some local artists have found a way to make her a part of their art.

"It's symbolic, but it means something to me and she would understand and I know she does understand it," said sculptor Tom Turnbull of Turnbull Studios.

Sylvia was a world-renowned artist when she passed away at age 95 last December and as part of her will she left two local artists something much more valuable than money.

"This is actually her, this is her remains and I use like this minuet amount and I have enough to put in all of my work for the next 10 or 15 years," Tom says holding a small plastic container of Sylvia's ashes.

Instead of creating one piece of pottery with Sylvia's ashes, Tom has been sprinkling pieces of her into every piece of clay he molds. He said he guesses he's been doing it since September.

"Sylvia was a great artist and instantly my work became better with putting her ashes in there," he added.

Sylvia also left some of her ashes to another local artist, Susan DeMay who has built three urns glazed with pieces of the ashes. One of them will eventually be displayed in the Tennessee State Museum.

"She wanted to become her medium because it was so much a part of her life," Susan said.


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