Glass Headstones

Slumped glass headstones - patterned textured glass headstones made in new zealand - granite base

Individuality is not always carved in stone

Escape Glass makes contemporary, traditional, cultural and personalised headstones, plaques, and monuments with empathy and respect. 

Let us help you honor your loved ones by designing, installing and maintaining memorials, plaques, and headstones.

  • Headstones and bases
  • Maori, religious and cultural themes
  • Traditional, Art Deco or contemporary themes
  • Heart shapes, Guitars, Maori designs, anything is possible
  • Images can be engraved into the face of the glass or slumped into the back

Did you know... we've been making glass headstones for 20+ years and we're one of the only ones in New Zealand? It's our goal to make this process as easy and seamless as possible. Each of our creations is unique, sturdy, beautiful, and made to order. They'll handle whatever nature throws at them.

All the information you need to know about the strength of our glass, the tests that have been done, and the expected lifespan of glass headstones can be found here: tech specs and strength about glass headstones escape glass download or view


About our Glasstones:

  • Non - Porous
  • Reflect light 💠 from many angles
  • Stand out from the rest
  • Eco-friendly 🌿
  • Unique and custom made
  • Long lasting - up to thousands of years!
  • Shipped nationwide!
  • Just as tough as granite
Headstone glass added to existing granite grave

View/Download the full technical specifications


Glass Headstones start at around $2,500 (glass supply only)

A completed headstone varies in price from $5,000 - $11,000 inc GST. Included in this pricing is all elements such as, but not limited to, a granite base, inscription/engraving, custom artwork, photos and/or vases.Shipping nationwide is also included (excludes overseas shipping).

cost breakdown of a glass headstone in New Zealand

Shapes, styles and pricing for glass headstones in NZ made by Escape Glass


Custom headstones are available in the following colours -low iron clear glass block etched for headstone
- Low Iron (pictured on right)
- Clear
- Green
- Blue
- Blue Green
- Grey (appears almost black) 

blue glass headstone block blue green glass headstone block clear glass headstone block green glass headstone block  Grey Block for Glass headstone
Blue Glass Blue Green Glass Clear (green tint) Green Glass Grey Glass


Sizes and shapes are endless with examples below. Curved tops are very popular. 100mm of every size will be slotted into the base, please keep this in mind when deciding on the height of your glass. 

Size options: 
800mm high x 500mm wide (standard large)
900mm high x 600mm wide
600mm high x 800mm wide
600mm high x 500mm wide 
500mm high x 400mm wide
650mm high x 350mm wide (standard small)

Custom sizes are all available on request.
View all the shapes and pricing here

Green Glass shaped top glass headstone  Blue curved top headstone template Green glass leaf shape headstone green glass with curved top black grey glass headstone
Clear Glass Shaped Top Blue Glass - Curved Top Green Glass Custom Leaf Shape Green Glass Curved Top Black/Grey Glass Wide headstone


Slumped glass headstones - patterned textured glass headstones made in new zealand - granite base

You can personalise each piece with names, dates & inscriptions, as well as add special touches like dedications, quotes, imagery & photos.

Our team handles inscriptions and photos so it's seamless.

Please keep in mind that ceramic photos usually fade after 100 years.

Here are some things to think about when choosing your headstone:

  • Are you leaving room for a second inscription?
  • What's better, block letters or script?
  • Do you want gold, silver, or white lettering?
  • What's better, matching or contrasting?
  • Do you need vase holes? (2 max)
  • Are there going to be more headstones right behind this one? The light coming through the glass can be affected by this. 

Our glass headstones are handmade bespoke pieces of art that honor your loved ones, we have something for everyone.

Click here to see the inscription examples we have collected

Click here to View the ceramic Imagery pricing and size options


Granite and concrete bases are available, just mention that when you contact us.  Your base can include up to two vase holes and a splay (slanted) or straight base design for more information on base styles please visit the webpage of our preferred supplier Maidenstone Monumental Masons, Yarrow Street, Invercargill. 

In addition, we can have wording engraved on the glass and the base. For more information on base options, contact us. We also have polished concrete and coloured granite or marble bases. Along with your glasstone, these will be shipped nationwide.


Our glass work can be delivered anywhere in New Zealand within 12 weeks from the date you order. Our glass headstones take at least 12 weeks to create, with a few exceptions.


The glass work can be installed in the lower South Island or shipped anywhere in the country.

If you want to have your headstone installed in Southland, we can help. For installation, you'll need to budget in around $400+ depending on where the headstone is and how much travel and work is involved.

In most cases, memorial gardens, crematoriums, and cemeteries require permits that add to the cost. Several cemeteries/Memorial Gardens have strict size restrictions, so make sure you check before you go ahead.

Contact your local cemetery or memorial garden/crematorium for their permit charges and information, or contact us at and we'll make contact.

Please check all bylaws with individual councils before installing or purchasing glass headstones.  All headstones/memorials must be installed according to the NZS 4242:2018 NZ Standard Headstones and Cemetery Monuments.


Slumped green glass headstone with memorial ceramic plaque made in new zealand by escape glassREVIEWS:

Wyatt Family: It's amazing how they listen to all of our ideas then sit back 
and discuss with us offer their thoughts add them to ours and bam that's the end result. Absolutely bloody amazing what they can do when 6 peoples ideas are all mashed together. W
e could not of had a better headstone made and to top it all off we asked if it could be up before the 8th July to which we knew was going to be cutting it very fine and again done finished and installed on the 5th. Absolutely Brilliant service fro
m Escape Glass and all other involved in this. 👍

Webb Headstone

Webb Family, Te Anau: "We would like you to know that we are extremely happy with the glass headstone you did for our daughter, We thank you for listening to us and making it possible with what we wanted. Once again thank you." 


We have agents located all over New Zealand (and sometimes further afield) ready to help with measuring jobs, installation and providing quotes and sample glass. Please call us 032145012 or email to find your nearest agent. 

There will be the option to buy all headstones and plaques with afterpay or layby once the prices and availability are determined. 

In order for us to give you an accurate quote please answer the following questions and send them to 

Phone number
Email address
Shipping address:

How did you hear about us?

Glass size:
Glass colour:
Shape request:
What is the Inscription information (e.g. full name, dates and any tributes or wording)
Ceramic Photo? Yes or no?
Will you be adding any artwork or drawings?
Would you like us to arrange a base?
Would you like a vase in the base?
Will there be an inscription on the base too?

Will this need shipped or will it be installed locally (southland)?
Any additional information/requests:

Enquire about a glass headstone 


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