Commissions & Memorials
Commissions and Memorials
Our garden cats are bought for a myriad of reasons. It may be for someone's retirement , a wedding anniversary, a thankyou present for a cat-sitting neighbour or as a reminder of a holiday in Wensleydale. But a special reason for buying one of our stone cats is as a memorial cat for a much loved departed pet. Indeed most of our stone garden cats are obtained for just that purpose.We now do commissions of hand-built glazed ceramic cats with colouring to match your cat.
Our newest request for cats has been most intriguing and to date most unusual. It is for two of our handbuilt cats which are constructed hollow in order to contain the ashes of an elderly couple who do not want burial in a churchyard but would prefer a resting place in their very attractive garden. Until that time comes, and they hope it will not be too soon, they can enjoy the sight of their cats for the rest of their lives.
"Thank you so much for the Orlando Stone Garden Cat which I received last week. I lost my beloved Ben in July and although he was a brown Burmese he was large for his breed and the stance of Orlando is just as Ben would have sat under his favourite bush. I have placed him there where I can see him from my kitchen window and it gives me a little comfort and a feeling that he is still close to me."
These cats are modelled using images sent in by customers wanting to commemmorate the passing on of a dear departed companion. Modelled Life size, handbuilt of solid, heavily grogged clay, hollowed out for firing in the kiln up to a temperature of 950c. Glazed and decorated and then fired up to 1250c they are made weatherproof and thus suitable for outdoors - garden or patio, wall or roof. From start to finish the task can take up to 10 weeks with the simple process of slowly drying out the clay model lasting 3-4 weeks. To commission a cat we need images showing your cat's body shape, especially the head, the colour(s)-tabby,ginger,tortoise-shell, and the preferred posture which is most reminiscent of your cat.