ABOUT ANGEL ROCK MEMORIALS

OUR HISTORY

What began as a way to memorialize a pet has led to Angel Rock Memorials.

Partners Kelley Crittenden and Otto Rigan conceived the business as they formulated a way to memorialize the loss of her dog Angelo. What Kelley brings to the business is a genuine passion for pets, and to be accurate, for all living things. She is the heart and soul of Angel Rock Memorials. Otto has been a professional artist his whole life (www.ottoriganstudio.com), and has nearly 30 years of experience designing and making monumental sculptures, public spaces, and architecture. This experience directly informs the aesthetic standards and craft skills needed to fabricate Angel Rock Memorials’ products.

Angelo deserved a unique memorial. So does every important loss or event in your life. Towards that end, we want to reach those who want to memorialize an event with a product or a quality that cannot be found elsewhere. In our memorials every component is hand picked, hand made and assembled by a small group of craftspeople. The glass is hand-casted and silvered using centuries old techniques. The stone is hand picked and hand carried out of desert riverbeds. Likewise, the crystal whether natural or tumbled is a labor intensive process. Basically, this is true of all of our products…nothing is generic or synthetic in nature.

By personalizing the process, and by responding to each request with an artist designed memorial, we endeavor to deliver meaning and not just product.

We are happily based in Tucson, Arizona.

OUR MISSION

” Celebrating, honoring, and remembering the milestones of your life. Births and deaths, anniversaries, graduations, marriages, recovery and more.”

CUSTOMIZE YOUR MEMORIAL

No two stones are alike. At Angel Rock Memorials we deliver hand crafted memorials of the highest quality. Click the button below to choose a product that fits you.
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HAND PICKED & HAND CRAFTED

There are trillions of river rocks, but only a few meet our specifications…In the desert regions of central Arizona there are dry riverbeds where we rummage through acre after acre for stones that feel special, and are workable for our purpose. Since most of these resources are inaccessible to a vehicle, we haul our finds out in a backpack or with a wheelbarrow if there is a trail.

THE RIVER ROCKS

At the studio, we clean and sort the rocks by size and color. Stones picked for a memorial will be drilled with diamond core bits where either glass, the vessel, or both will be embedded. The edge where the stone has been drilled is hand beveled to “frame” the glass. The bottom of the stone is slightly flattened so that it will set on a finished surface if desired. Before the glass and vessel are embedded the stones’ natural color is enhanced by a penetrating sealer.

THE GLASS

The cast glass is hand made. From a furnace of molten glass, a ladle scoops out a prescribed amount of glass and pours it into a mold where it is cast. No two pieces of glass are exactly alike, and the imperfections are considered character and a means to refract the light.

The sides of the glass are polished and every surface of the glass that is embedded into the stone is mirrored by the traditional silvering technique.

THE VESSEL

Unable to find a well-crafted vessel (often referred to as an urn) we decided to build it ourselves. A local metal fabricator shapes and welds the vessels out of solid aluminum. We chose aluminum as it will not rust, and it is lighter and less expensive than bronze.

Once fabricated, we sand blast the surface for uniformity and seal it. The finished vessel is used for the preservation of relics such as ashes or other keepsakes. We also offer an aluminum vessel that has been stained to a blackish brown color as an alternative.

 

 

THE MESSAGE

Using a graphics program, we set up your desired text and aspire to get it just right. Once worked out, we print out your text and transfer it to a material that will be placed on the glass or stone. This material will allow a high-pressure stream of fine abrasive to carve out the lettering, but resist the background areas. We prefer a somewhat deeper cut into the glass or stone so that the lettering takes on dimension, rather than appearing flat.

THE RIVER ROCKS

At the studio, we clean and sort the rocks by size and color. Stones picked for a memorial will be drilled with diamond core bits where either glass, the vessel, or both will be embedded. The edge where the stone has been drilled is hand beveled to “frame” the glass. The bottom of the stone is slightly flattened so that it will set on a finished surface if desired. Before the glass and vessel are embedded the stones’ natural color is enhanced by a penetrating sealer.

THE GLASS

The cast glass is hand made. From a furnace of molten glass, a ladle scoops out a prescribed amount of glass and pours it into a mold where it is cast. No two pieces of glass are exactly alike, and the imperfections are considered character and a means to refract the light.

The sides of the glass are polished and every surface of the glass that is embedded into the stone is mirrored by the traditional silvering technique.

THE VESSEL

Unable to find a well-crafted vessel (often referred to as an urn) we decided to build it ourselves. A local metal fabricator shapes and welds the vessels out of solid aluminum. We chose aluminum as it will not rust, and it is lighter and less expensive than bronze.

Once fabricated, we sand blast the surface for uniformity and seal it. The finished vessel is used for the preservation of relics such as ashes or other keepsakes. We also offer an aluminum vessel that has been stained to a blackish brown color as an alternative.

THE MESSAGE

Using a graphics program, we set up your desired text and aspire to get it just right. Once worked out, we print out your text and transfer it to a material that will be placed on the glass or stone. This material will allow a high-pressure stream of fine abrasive to carve out the lettering, but resist the background areas. We prefer a somewhat deeper cut into the glass or stone so that the lettering takes on dimension, rather than appearing flat.