My name is Ashley Fiona. I'm an artist. I live in Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia. The objects I create are rolled, cut, cast, textured and manipulated with my own two hands. My studio is free from machinery and production lines. Each piece is handmade, by me, in every way.
I create Ashkeepers to help families and individuals celebrate those loved and lost. Intentionally spherical, created from high fired porcelain, Ashkeepers breath life into the sadness of death and encourage us to cherish positive memories forever. Once inverted, the lid of the Ashkeeper creates a special candle holder for times of remembrance. An outcome of my own personal healing, an Ashkeeper is designed to do just that.
I was only 13 when my mother died and I still remember the plastic container that held her ashes for so many months. It was unsightly and unrefined, everything she wasn't. I wanted to create a beautiful, bespoke vessel for those left behind after death – a sacred tribute to those loved and lost.
Since my mother's death, I have created artworks around the subject of death and absence as a form of enquiry and healing. Ashkeepers bring to life the beauty of the complex ritual of death and mourning. Crafted by hand, Ashkeepers are a beautiful way to help cherish and nurture the memories of those loved and lost.
Ultimately, my Ashkeepers are an expression of my life’s experience. I have made it my mission to create each Ashkeeper as beautiful, personal and as meaningful as possible to honor the lives of those who have passed. My wish is that I am able to help even more families uncover the gifts and wisdom these sacred pieces have to offer, with the hope that they too are able to truly honor their grief.
Tableware & Jewellery
I create porcelain tableware, jewellery and festive decorations. The purpose of the tableware and jewellery is to enhance the beauty of simple life rituals – from your morning coffee to sharing a celebratory meal with family or friends. There is something very special about taking the time to pause and contemplate these small moments.
I create birth boots to treasure, hold and cherish all your tiny babes first moments earth side. Birth boots are the perfect handmade and personalised gift for little ones, adult ones and everyone in between.