The cat collector or Kat-a-log part 26

It’s celebration time!

Welcome back cat lovers! Another day and another group of cats that needs introducing! Our celebration continues and we are having a meow time of our lives! Olympia is sending her best wishes and her hello’s as well. She is incredibly humbled by all your comments, views and shares on Facebook and she is hoping that she is choosing the best pictures to portray each kitten.

If you’d like to view the previous entries, here are the links. We know the list is getting longer and longer but this is what our project is all about. So many countries, so many cats and  so many blog entries! We have been collecting cat figurines for a decade now so we have a lot of things to write about.

Kat-a-log Part 1: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-1/
Kat-a-log Part 2: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-2/
Kat-a-log Part 3: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-3/
Kat-a-log Part 4: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-4/
Kat-a-log Part 5: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-5/
Kat-a-log Part 6: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-6/
Kat-a-log Part 7: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-7/
Kat-a-log Part 8: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-8/
Kat-a-log Part 9: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-9/
Kat-a-log Part 10: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-10/
Kat-a-log Part 11: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-11/
Kat-a-log Part 12: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-12/
Kat-a-log Part 13: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-13/
Kat-a-log Part 14: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-14/
Kat-a-log Part 15: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-15/
Kat-a-log Part 16: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-16/
Kat-a-log Part 17: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-17/
Kat-a-log Part 18: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-18/
Kat-a-log Part 19: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-19/
Kat-a-log Part 20: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/12/24/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-20/
Kat-a-log Part 21: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-21/
Kat-a-log Part 22: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-22/
Kat-a-log Part 23: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-23/
Kat-a-log Part 24: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2014/07/18/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-24/
Kat-a-log Part 25: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/the-cat-collector-or-kat-a-log-part-25/

This week is a bit special as we have included two hand made kittens that normally would ‘t be included into Kat-a-log. Please read on  – the stories are amazing and worth being recorded!

Kat-a-log Feline no. 116
Three
sides of a cat: Looking grumpy, Two heads are better than one and How to disappear
Country of origin: made in the UK and bought in Shannon, Ireland – given as a gift in September 2014

Grumpy cat with a mouse – this is an official name for this beautiful kitten sculpted and made by Oak apple Designs. Oak apple team is a small family run business located in Sheffield, UK that specializes in manufacture and production of mould making and resin casting. They are the only company in England with an unique permission from the Deans and Chapters of the cathedrals to take copies of magnificent ecclesiastical carvings that can be found on altars, pulpits, sculptures and choral stalls.

Our kitten is 8 cm tall (3 inches) tall and its serial number is SKU-oak-159. It is a part of  Church mouse and cat series. This figurine has been produced in the UK  but was bought in Shannon, Ireland in a local parish gift shop by Erin, Rita’s colleague from work. You can buy your own copy through Oak apple Design website – it will cost you about 12 pounds.

Entire gallery can be seen here:
http://www.oakappledesigns.com/Church_Cat_with_Mouse_-_Reproduction_Carving_-_Cat_Ornament/p645787_5265580.aspx
Oak apple Designs on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Oakapple-Designs-Ltd/295400887221453?ref=br_tf

Now let’s listen to what the artist has to say about this particular kitten:
“This brand new addition is known as the Church Cat with Mouse. All churches and Cathedrals have mice just like the ones we produce but not all the Vicars and Vergers like them as much as we do, and so the Church Cat was brought in to catch them. However apart from the odd stray here and there, this cat does not catch many, in fact he’s good friends with most of them. The Vicar of the church is not too happy with this cat’s performance as a mouse catcher and as you can see this is a sad and grumpy looking cat with not too much to be pleased about living in the church. He’s hoping for better things in life and a new home away from the Church, he prays for your help. Could you be his saviour and new keeper? ”

Looking grumpy

Looking grumpy

Two heads are better than one

Two heads are better than one

How to disappear

How to disappear

Kat-a-log Feline no. 117
Three
sides of a cat: Decorating cars, Is it Christmas yet? and Hanging by the gate
Country of origin: UK, bought as a holiday souvenir in July 2013

Not much is known about Kat-a-log kitten number 117. It was bought by a family member as a gift during his holiday stay near Widemouth Bay in Cornwall in July 2013.  There was no sign or a card and we don’t know who made this very unusual cat. Maybe it was some local artisan who sold his or her creation to a beach souvenir store? Maybe it has been made in a factory somewhere else and then imported to the UK as a home decoration item? If you could help us – we would be very grateful for any information.

As you can see, this is not a figurine but a hanging decoration in a shape of a cat. It has a metal handle decorated with a bow, a wooden frame filled with a fabric and a small wooden mouse that is attached to the frame with a spring. Olympia hung the cat in the kitchen where it can be admired by the visitors.

Widemouth Bay on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Widemouth_Bay

Decorating cars

Decorating cars

Is it Christmas yet?

Is it Christmas yet?

Hanging by the gate

Hanging by the gate

Kat-a-log Feline no. 118
Three
sides of a cat: Chasing swans, Marina guardians and Gimme a fish!
Official names: Mel and Issa
Country of origin:
UK, made by Rita in August 2013

Mel (the bigger cat) and Issa (the small one on top of Mel’s head) have been made by Rita using self drying clay, glue, silver metal artistic chain, metal beads and acrylic paints. The figurine was a present to Olympia after she complained that Rita has been selling her cat figures to others but hasn’t made one for Kat-a-log yet.  It took Rita nearly 4 days to complete this figure and it is very heavy  – almost half a kilogram of a kitten!

The photo-shoot was taken in Diglis Marina in Worcester: http://www.bwml.co.uk/marinas/diglis_basin_marina

Chasing swans

Chasing swans

Marina guardians

Marina guardians

Gimme a fish!

Gimme a fish!

Kat-a-log Feline no. 119
Three
sides of a cat: Riding a boat, Welcome to the Cafe and Breakfast on the water
Country of origin:
UK, bought in Hereford and painted by Rita in August 2013

Kat-a-log feline number 119 has been given to Olympia as a gift at the same time as Mal and Issa. The figurine made from papier-mâché was originally purchased by Rita’s friends in Hobby Craft in Hereford and then given to her as they didn’t know what exactly to do it with. Instead of using it for decoupage (an art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects and gold leaf ), Rita decided to paint it with blackboard paint turning the cat into an artistic surface.  You can now use a colorful chalk to paint on the cat! Chalk can be removed by a wet cloth and you can start decorating the cat again!

We kindly were allowed to photograph the kitten at lovely Cafe  Afloat – a true cafe on a real boat!
Official site: http://cafeafloat.withtank.com/

Riding a boat

Riding a boat

Welcome to the Cafe

Welcome to the Cafe

Breakfast on the water

Breakfast on the water

You can buy the paper mache figurine at Hobby Craft using the following link:
http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/mache-extra-small-walking-cat/563824-1011

The basic paper mache cat made for Hobby Craft

The basic paper mache cat made for Hobby Craft

Kat-a-log Feline no. 120
Three
sides of a cat: National Trust treasure, Tintern Abbey has a cat and Beauty shot
Country of origin:
Tintern Abbey in Wales, November 2013

Tintern Abbey, a picturesque ruin of the Cistercian monastery is located in the village of Tintern at the boarder between Wales and Gloucestershire. Founded by the  powerful de Clare family in 1136, this gargantuan church has been destroyed after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536 on orders of King Henry VIII.

Kat-a-log is not really a history lessons so we will skip all the highly interesting architectural details but we are planning on writing a full blog for One Castle a Day column pretty soon. The ruins are now under the protection of CADW (Welsh equivalent of  National Trust) and we have visited this extraordinary site in November 2013.

A visit to Tintern Abbey store ended in adopting a super-cute looking kitten made entirely of fabric and decorated with sequins and  golden trimmings. Sadly, we have not a clue who made this cat. There was  just as short note on the packaging saying that the cat was produced locally and the store assistants could not name the artist. If you have any information, please contact us as we would like to give proper copyrights to the maker!

Tintern Abbey official page: http://cadw.wales.gov.uk/daysout/tinternabbey/?lang=en
Tintern Abbey store: http://www.tinternvillage.co.uk/shop/tintern-abbey-shop/

National Trust Cat

National Trust treasure

Tintern Abbey has a cat

Tintern Abbey has a cat

Beauty shot

Beauty shot

Kat-a-log Feline no. 121
Three
sides of a cat: Green and crazy, Visit to the Well Cottage and This building belongs to me
Country of origin: Sydney
, Australia  – bought as a gift in March 2014

If you are looking for crazy cat stories, here is one of them. It could only happen to people like us – a very bonkers family of three ladies behind the Kat-a-log project!

Last year, Rita has been working with a lovely lady named Tracey. Her brother Mark sometimes would come to the office around closing time to help with moving the heavy equipment around (believe us, a server can weigh nearly 30 kilograms).  Rita would often make Mark a tea and a coffee and one day just before Rita changed the jobs, he said that he owned her something for the hospitality. Rita asked him to bring her a cat if he ever goes to some exotic or interesting place. Mark kept his word when he went to visit Australia with his fiancee in March 2014. The colorful metal cat is actually a light holder and it has been purchased at the art market in Sydney. Then he traveled to resort town named Ulladulla for a a 7 days stay (aboriginal for Safe Harbour) and wandered alongside the coast until he reached Melbourne.  Fantastic road trip!

The journey finally ended in Poland and the kitten now is proudly hanging from the kitchen lamp. Sadly, we don’t know the name of the artist, but we will keep on looking!

Green and crazy

Green and crazy

Visit to the Well Cottage

Visit to the Well Cottage

This building belongs to me

This building belongs to me

Kat-a-log Feline no. 122
Two
sides of a cat: Elegance in clay and Fine cat indeed
Country of origin:
UK, Worcester given as a gift in February 2014

Kat-a-log kitten number 122 is not a figurine but a decorative tile made of clay. This beautiful hand sculpted piece has been made by acclaimed artist Philippa Threlfall and was given to Rita by Eva, her colleague from work as a good bye gift when Rita was changing her job in February 2014. It has been purchased from The Commandery museum store in Worcester during a group day out to celebrate  a change of management 🙂

Educated at Cardiff College of Art, Phillipa and her partner, Kennedy Collings have been working together since 1960’s and completed over 100 huge ceramic and stone murals all over the UK and oversees. They are also owners of  Black Dog of Wells, an art business specializing in terracotta tiles named after the Blacke Dogge, an ancient cider house in Somerset.

Elegance in clay

Elegance in clay

Fine cat indeed

Fine cat indeed

The fine cat comes with a message from the artist - Philippa Threlfall

The fine cat comes with a message from the artist – Philippa Threlfall

Philippa Threlfall official site: http://www.philippathrelfall.com/

Picture of terracotta artwork by Philippa Threlfall

Picture of terracotta artwork by Philippa Threlfall

You can order your own copy here: 
http://www.blackdogofwells.com/cats_and_do/tile011_fine_cat.html?sid=01b79d3a872b8fa3cf280eeb8e5acb27&catid=1001#

Kat-a-log Feline no. 123
Three
sides of a cat:  Dinner is served,  A true lady and Simply stunning
Country of origin:
UK, given as a gift in March 2013

The last kitten in this edition of Kat-a-log is something very unique. White, elegant and timeless, this kitten is actually a small clock made by William Widdop. Widdop Bingham was founded by William Widdop in Brighouse in 1883 as a retail jewelers and watchmakers. The company quickly rose from its humble beginnings to becoming one of the leading wholesalers of gift-ware, baby gifts, wedding gifts and other fancy goods.

Rita has received this clock from a friend (who would like to remain anonymous) after her trip to Oxford in March 2013. We have been allowed to photograph this truly ladylike kitten inside the Castle House Hotel in Hereford.

Widdop Bingham official page: http://www.widdop.co.uk/about.aspx
Widdop Bingham on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/widdopbingham
Widdop Bingham on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WiddopBingham
Castle House Hotel official page: http://www.castlehse.co.uk/

Dinner is served

Dinner is served

A true lady

A true lady

Simply stunning

Simply stunning

There is also a black version of  the same clock. You can find it on Amazon. Please hurry up as both kitten are no longer made and you can only buy them through collector sites or on auction on Ebay.

Black cat version

Black cat version

Black cat version: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wm-Widdop-Miniature-Clock-Cat-Black/dp/B0062JYETQ

Wow! That entry took us a long time to write!
Enjoy yourselves and please return soon as we still have many tails to show you!

Have a splendid day,

All the best from
Rita, Mal and Olympia Dabrowicz

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