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These Coffee Cups Are Made Of Human Remains

"I wanted to create a dinnerware set that infuses a sense of mortality into everyday life."

06/12/2016 11:15 GMT | Updated 06/12/2016 11:27 GMT

There’s an unusual ingredient in Justin Crowe’s new range of crockery – glazed human remains.

Crowe was developing a collection of crockery using mixed ashes when friends started making their own requests.

“People asked, ‘If I gave you my father’s ashes, could you make a coffee cup, urn or bowl?’ So this business came out of the art project,” Crowe told the Guardian.

“I wanted to create a dinnerware set that infuses a sense of mortality into everyday life.”

Crowe says the collection, known as the Chronicle Cremation Designs, offers a kind of mortality.

The ashes are first used to coat the crockery, which is then fired in a kiln to make them food and drink-safe. 

The process means that the crockery is tough enough to last thousands of years.

It starts at about around $199 (£156).

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