This funeral urn is a beautiful planter that embodies the afterlife
CC Boyce’s friend asked him to create an urn for his recently deceased father after failing to find anything memorable or unique. Unfortunately, the cremation vessel market had nothing available with a bespoke twist.
So Boyce took matters into his own hands and designed the Planturn; half funeral urn, half gardener. It is a beautifully designed object to represent life, love and everything in between. While traditional urns can be painful reminders of the passing of a loved one, the Planturn is a living and heartfelt memory – a celebration of life instead of a metaphor for death.
Each Planturn is handmade at Boyce Studio and designed to complement the space in which it is located as it honors the memory of the deceased. It is a decorative planter that embodies the afterlife. So naturally, when Boyce shared a photo of the cremation vessel she made for her friend, she was touched. She was inundated with requests, triggering the birth of the Planturn.
The Planturn consists of two parts which magnetically fit together. The magnets are strong, so the contents would never spill even if the urn was spilled. They are available in two finishes, a sycamore and walnut wood and a pristine white speckled maple wood.
The lower half holds the ashes in a hand-waxed muslin bag (chosen to echo traditional burial shrouds), and the upper half serves as a planter. The upper half is separated from the ashes. The plant rests in a glass or ceramic support embedded in the upper half. You can put a bonsai, a succulent or a shrub of any kind in it.
Planturns are available in various sizes – small, medium and large – with bases capable of holding varying volumes of ash. To calculate the height you need, the general rule is this: One pound of body weight requires one cubic inch of urn space. Therefore, small would be for a pet; medium to large for people.
Boyce meticulously craft each Planturn in his downtown Los Angeles woodworking shop into heirlooms that last a lifetime or more.
The studio also kept sustainability in mind. He sources wood from two local businesses and the urns are finished with a natural low VOC matte finish. In addition, they are packaged in boxes and tape made from recycled and recyclable materials.
What’s more, cremation is also better for the environment as it eliminates the need for embalming, which uses highly toxic chemicals. And a safe and coffin are unnecessary, reducing the overall carbon footprint.