Artists & Craftspeople

There are so many ways in which we can remember our passed pets, much loved and much missed.

I thought it would be nice to have a list of artists and craftspeople, especially local ones, showing the beautiful and well crafted pieces that they can create to help keep our memories alive, and I am really enjoying putting this page together and finding out what's out there. If you have any suggestions please feel free to contact me! I do not act as an agent in any way, you would order directly from the maker.

There are links to each artists website where you can see further examples of their work and also the contact details to talk to them directly and discuss your requirements.

Enjoy browsing through, Rowan.

Damian John Witty

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Simply beautifully hand crafted memorial stones for your pet. It is always good to feature local craftspeople and Damian is a very local Stonemason and Sculptor indeed. Working in many different types of stone, he can create a truly bespoke piece. Each one made just for you to your own specification. A lovely way to mark a scattering of ashes or burial place, or a designated memorial area to your pet. Take a look at the images on Damien's…

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Our Glass of Cockington

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One of my lovely pet owners told me about Our Glass as they had made a very special bespoke piece for him, more of that later. . . Our Glass of Cockington are a twenty years established glass studio in Torquay making all kinds of beautiful things including the Cremation Ashes Memorial Paperweights. Read all about them on their website, link below. They are as lovely as I have seen and, I think, well priced. I will have…

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Memory Box

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New for 2018 a very personal, bespoke Memory Box in which to place not only your pet's ashes but an array of special items in remembrance of him or her. Importantly, these lovely substantial boxes are created quite locally in beautiful Derbyshire on a small, craft basis. No mass production here! The lid is engraved with your pet's name, a scattering of stars and paw prints, a choice of two delightful messages and life dates. The large box…

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Eternity Beads

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Eternity Memorial Beads are made fairly locally in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. These personally made ashes in glass memorial beads come in a fantastic range of colours Available in a round or bugle shape and either as a necklace hung on a silver chain or as a keyring on a steel fob. NEW for 2018 added to the range is a Sun Catcher! I think this is a great idea and would appeal to both adults and also children, where a…

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Pets Remembered

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This company make a lovely range of Garden Memorials. They are cast in resin with a stone or metallic finish and are fully weather-proof. The quality and finish on the engraved plaque is very good, and you may have up to four lines of text. Engraved stones or plaques can mark the spot where ashes are either scattered or buried but, if you are keeping the ashes in an urn or casket indoors, you can still create an…

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Andrea Naylor

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It's hard to believe that Andrea has only been painting for a few years! Her work is as accomplished as anyone who may have been creating such beautiful pictures for a lifetime. Andrea is also a locally based artist, living in Rutland. She has a lovely gallery of work to view on her website featuring dogs, cats and horses as well as other subjects. Working mainly in pastels, and pastel pencils, as she likes the effect…

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Copycat Creations

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Lee and Donna of Copycat Creations are very local craftspeople indeed, living in Loughborough! The husband and wife team create bespoke sculptures of peoples pets, each one being completely hand made from the finest artists materials. Aren't they gorgeous! I simply love the humour in their pieces, what delightful little caricatures of your pet. Pet owners contact them after losing their pet and want something to remember / celebrate them. They can work directly from photographs…

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Forever Close Memorials

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When searching for cremation glass jewellery and memorials I found lots and lots of people and businesses making this kind of thing. I dug a little deeper to see what was out there. . I found Sarah Crawford's site Forever Close Memorials, and was very impressed by what I saw. Sarah has been working in glass for more than 20 years, and now specialises in memorial pieces. She not only creates the best ashes glass…

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Spindrift Engraving

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If you search for a stone memorial for your pet often the sites that pop up are not the actual stonemason or engraver, but other companies that offer a range of memorial products and are the 'middle man' as such. I have found Spindrift Engravers in Northumberland. Based in Alnwick, they are members of the Guild of Master Craftsmen and can offer a good range of Memorials for the garden. Shown on the Pet Memorial Plaques and…

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Penny Richardson

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I was so pleased to find another fantastic pet portrait painter locally. Penny Richardson grew up just outside Melton Mowbray and now lives in Exton, Rutland. Her paintings are so beautiful and so life like. She has an extensive gallery of work on her website featuring both portraits and paintings, including outdoor settings, which I particularly like, and some lovely gundog studies. Penny and her husband John also have a bespoke picture framing service and a…

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Iridescent Glass Design

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Forever Memories are just one of the ranges created by glass artist Louise Clark at her studio in Cambridgeshire. Some of your pets ashes can be encased in glass and made into a lovely rainbow, reminding us of the Rainbow Bridge. Louise can also add an embossed paw print or wings and a message of your choice. As well as the rainbows, in three sizes, there are other keepsakes available and she would welcome your call to discuss…

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Dawn Warnock

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There are lots of pet portrait artists across the country, but when looking online for a local one I came across Dawn's website - Pet Portraits In Pastel. She works on velour which gives a lovely soft texture and, my goodness, the likeness to the pet is unbelievable! You can see she has a real love of animals. Dawn says she has been painting animals all her life, but has been taking commissions since 1992.…

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Forever In My Mind

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Oh! Just look at these adorable little guys! Lisa, of Forever In My Mind, is an artist who has created these simply lovely felted models. She is a very local crafts person from the Lincoln area and I was very happy to meet her and see the work she undertakes. Lisa can make a replica of your pet using felting wools. She can add a little 'pillow' of cremation ashes within, making it a truly personal and…

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Milly Moore

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I had a lovely necklace made by Milly when all my children had left home. All of their names are on it with a couple of little charms and a bead. I wear it all the time and it reminds me of them. What a beautiful, wearable and decorative way to remember your beloved pet by too. I have also had a little cluster of charms made to attach to a bracelet. On it is…

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Violet & Red Mosaic Photography

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All the photos you have of your beautiful pet may be contained in your mobile or digital camera, never to be printed out. But here is a wonderful way to have them all displayed, in a mosaic photograph. A medium which I find so intriguing and could look at for hours. Johanna, of Violet and Red Photography, is another very local artist based just a few miles away in Newark. She can create these terrific images from…

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Ceramic Photo Plaque

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A way of personalising your pet's ashes container is to have a photo plaque created. I thought of the porcelain photo plaques that are now used widely on grave stones, especially in the States, and wondered what was available at a reasonable cost in the UK. I found Photo Genius online. They are able to create this very personal and individual plaque for you at around £15.00, just upload a photo of your pet and they…

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Wall Art Stencil

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The owner of TINKS (aka Stinks, Stinky Bear!) told me about wall art stencils that can be made from sending in a photo of your pet - or anyone or thing - and adding the wording of your choice. The stencil is made in vinyl and is easy to apply. On the company website the photo stencils are not shown, but you can see them on their facebook page. As you can see, the finished article is very…

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Acrylic Photo Block

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I have a photo of Toby, my dog, on my desk in the crematorium reception. I am so pleased with it and am often asked where I had it made. I thought I'd put a link to the company website here, although again this is not strictly speaking a bespoke artist or crafts person piece. Never the less, very effective.

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