Living with purpose. Celebrating a life. Honoring what has been. At Studio Formå, life takes shape in the form of meaningful art: a sculpture, a bench, a bell, an urn… Art to help you remember what’s most important in life. Select the various images on the home page, read the stories and learn what Studio Formå has to offer.
Weezie and her siblings were looking for a perfect anniversary gift for their parents. She saw one of Tom’s portrait benches featured in Lake Superior Magazine. She called Tom from her home in Georgia to see if he could make one for her parents. With the help of conversations and photographs, Tom crafted a “love” seat with personal features like [...]
Gunnar loved the North Shore of Lake Superior. He built a retreat for his family there, and while he didn’t get to share the full length of life at the lake, the family made it possible for him to live on, by the water’s edge. Gunnar’s wife, Jean, came to Studio Formå with photos and stories, and we put his [...]
This is a bronze and titanium memorial sculpture in honor of Judith Gesch, artist, dancer, choreographer and educator. When contemplating her desire for cremation she suggested to her children that it would be neat to have her hip replacement parts turned into a sculpture. This is the result.
This bell was made for an entry of a private residence using forms from the architecture and flora of the area. Another client has commissioned a bell to hold her life story. Instead of an urn or grave marker, she wants to leave behind something that has a voice. The bell will have women encircling a tree to celebrate the [...]
Charlotte wanted a special bench placed by her beloved husband’s grave. She searched along with her daughters to find just the right bench. Tom’s work in cardboard perfectly captured the family’s wit. After consulting with the family, Tom crafted a portrait of Cyrus from photographs. His oldest daughter came to the studio to witness the bronze pour. Tom, with the [...]
Zach was a young artist who was student teaching in Australia when he passed away. His parents sought to honor his legacy in a meaningful way. They felt it was important to recognize Zach’s artistic expression in planning for and creating his urn and grave marker. It had to be special. The process was understandably painful for the family, but [...]
The idea of night and day, of beginning and ending, was Tom’s inspiration for using the symbols of the sun and moon on this elegant bronze urn. The shape of this vessel is an amphora; it is the traditional shape for a sacred vessel. Since it does not have a flat bottom, it cannot simply be set down anywhere, it [...]
Myrtle had a sense of humor and loved birch trees. Her daughter, Nancy, thought it would be a fitting memorial to have Myrtle’s grave marker resemble a birch. And she wanted it hollow so she could plant flowers in it each summer. It felt like the right thing, more personal. ~ Interview with Nancy
Walter and Ginger came into Tom’s Studio and Gallery and were captured by his “lost-cardboard” love seat. They asked Tom if he would create their portraits in this method. Thus, the first in a series of portrait benches was created. Celebrating a Marriage
Urns are not just for those who have passed on. In midlife, thinking about and designing your urn will support you in staying true to what is most important. It serves as a reminder of our mortality and helps you stay present in the moment and live your life more fully.