Our Story

Our deepest condolences to you…


Are you having a hard time finding the perfect urn memorial? Does the solemn vase or box seem unfitting for your loved one? Let us create for you a memorial with a distinctive presence to honor the spirit that lies within.

We are here to help during your time of grief.  Our YURNS are tributes for unforgettable personalities. We consider it a great honor to be of service to families in such a meaningful way. Each handmade memorial is crafted with the utmost care and reverence. It’s more than an urn... it's a precious heirloom that you can feel a connection to, find comfort in, and inspire stories of your loved one for generations to come. 

 

Our Story



On September 4, 2011, everything changed for us. The Bastrop County Complex Wildfire was the most destructive in Texas history. Fifteen years of building a home and life together was reduced to nothing but ashes. We lost our home, the beauty of our forest property and all our physical possessions. We lost our security and the dreams we were chasing. It was the most stressful, painful and significant loss we had ever experienced.

Nothing can prepare you for the significant losses that we all face in life. During the grief process you hope to find the silver-linings that carry you forward. We had to find creative solutions to rebuild our home and chose an unconventional route. We decided to use our pine trees lost in the fire to personally rebuild our home. That choice challenged us in new ways for new purposes.  It was this decision that led us to a new artistic endeavor creating YURNS by MorzArt.  

After our tree harvest, we took our timber to a local sawyer. He assisted us in milling lumber for our home and a friendship developed.  He had the desire to launch a casket manufacturing business. For two years, we helped him develop the Star of Texas Casket Company. This experience gave us insight into the changing funeral industry and rising cremations.

By the end of February 2014, we had completed enough of our new home to move into it. Two weeks later, our joy turned to sadness and loss again with the passing of Rob's mother on March 10th. The family had a small private gathering to remember her, and a couple weeks later a small package arrived by post containing her cremains. 

Rob's mom, Beckie, had a great artistic influence on him growing up. Her talents fueled his love for creativity.  He spent years as a child helping in their family-owned gifts and ceramics shop.  As an adult, Rob naturally found his artistic niche in clay sculpture. Faced with needing a proper memorial for his mother, Rob knew that he must sculpt for her an urn. It would have to reflect her passions and personality- a most fitting memorial for mom. 

The need to produce this tribute had us reflecting on a unique sculpture we created in 2006 for our friend, Ron. He was a fun-loving guy with a big personality. We consulted with his widow about what type of urn she would like, and we gifted to her a wall-mounted, big mouth bass fish sculpture. A portion of his ashes were inurned into it, and to this day it hangs at her country home. She developed a sincere heartfelt connection with his unique memorial. From her experience, we knew that our art served well in this function.  We were greatly touched to bring her comfort and honor his spirit with our craft.


These experiences had us researching the urn market further.  We wondered if our ideas for cremation vessels were available. We were overwhelmed by the amount of uninspired, mass-produced urns saturating the market. Most options available lack artisan charm, and they rarely reflect personality or essence of character.  YURNS figurative urns offer more than the traditional vase/box form. 

Our nature and philosophy strives for more than a just business transaction. With YURNS, each memorial sculpture is truly unique.  They are made with love, and have a charming, uplifting quality. We create artworks that are unpretentious, honest in form and discreet in function. In other words, YURNS don’t look like an urn. They’re more. They’re more comforting, more personal, and they are crafted with more heart.

Please connect with us anytime to ask questions or share your ideas.  We are here to help celebrate the life of your loved one in a special way.  Just let us know how we can help you.

Blessings,
Rob & Jamaica


MorzArt