May 17, 2013
Miniature Porcelain Cats as Cake Topper for Wedding
I recently learned that some of our beautiful porcelain miniature kitties we carry received top honors as a wedding cake topper for one of our customers. What higher praise is that!
Seven separate cakes with one that showcased the cats.
The very unique wedding cake was one in a grouping of seven cakes elegantly arranged in a metal stand. The bride and her father actually made the cakes themselves.
It was so kind for the new couple to share these photos with us. And they also relayed this story to us which is bittersweet. “The four kitties represented the cats we had between us. Sadly, in the last nine months, three of them have gone over the rainbow bridge (the orange one most recently). The tuxedo cat is still with us and doing well in her new home.”
We wish the couple many happy years ahead and many more cats to love!
Cutting the “Cat Cake”
Do you have a special life story about a cat product you’d like to share? It can be one from our website, Georgia’s Gifts, or not related to it at all. We just love the stories- cat lovers are a community!
June 12, 2012
The first day I saw this line of tiny porcelain cat figurines I fell in love with them. There’s a certain charm in their poses and expressions that will capture you. And being so tiny, they are easy and fun to collect or to give as gifts. Let me tell you about these little darlings…
These miniatures are manufactured in Chiang Mai, Thailand, known as “Rose of the North” and a major center for fine porcelain.
The figurines are hand-painted by talented artists in the Thailand factory.
Every piece is high-fired and the rigorous quality control of the company guarantees the colors, the perfect shape and the sharpness of every detail. There is much experience and skill needed to produce the details of these fine figurines.
Playful Calico Miniature Porcelain Cat
The factory produces all kinds of animals but of course my focus is on the delightful cats and kittens. Some are in typical cat poses and some are joined with books or musical instruments. Their sizes range from 1 1/2 inches to 2 1/2 inches tall.
Miniature Porcelain Cat with Piano.
Although these are called miniatures, some go even smaller! Named “Little Critters” these minis are about 1 to 1 1/2 inches and still have all the delicate details of the larger minis.
Russian Blue Miniature Little Critter Cat, “Silver”
Marble Bengal Little Critter Porcelain Miniature “Spirit”.
If you like these figurines please visit my website www.georgiasgifts.com and see all the different mini cats. I’m also on the search for more styles and I’m checking into other companies manufacturing porcelain figures in Thailand as some of the finest work is done there. I’d love to hear your comments on these cats!
June 3, 2012
I’ve always been a little confused about the difference in the terms “ceramic” and “porcelain”. It seems to be an interchangeable (or sometimes combined) word for figurines although most people perceive porcelain as being higher quality. After much researching I’ve discovered various differences between them. Without getting into the technical and scientific facts of the types of clays, firing temperatures, etc., here are a few easy ways to determine the type of ceramic….
- The category “ceramic” includes pottery, bone china, earthenware and porcelain.
- Porcelain originated in China and derives its current name from porcellana, an old italian word for “cowrie shell” because of its resemblance to the translucent surface of the shell
- Porcelain is made with light colors of clay minerals and fired at a high temperature giving it a glossy, glass like quality.
- Tap a porcelain figure and you’ll hear a bell-like ring while the ceramic figure will make a dull sound.
- The surface of porcelain is fine and smooth, not grainy like other types of ceramics.
- Ceramic is very opaque, while porcelain is translucent. Hold your figurine up to a light and move your finger behind the item. You should be able to see a slight shadow of your finger if it is porcelain.
In reading this it sounds like porcelain figurines are much more desirable than ceramics. But in fact, the important thing to remember is to purchase what YOU like and will enjoy viewing and collecting during the years. That is the true value of a figurine.
Check out the pictures below. Tell me which one you think is porcelain and which is ceramic. (clicking on the pictures will take you to my website where you will find out the answer).
Miniature Orange Tabby Cat
Whimsiclay ‘Birthday Wishes” Cat