We love it when we can help our customers solve the problem of finding the perfect present. So when Tessa’s oldest son David got in touch with an idea for a present for his mum’s 50th birthday, we were delighted to be able to create something truly unique and everlasting. Tessa’s six children all wanted to make their mark – so this is what we came up with. A Sterling silver charm bracelet with each of their fingerprints hand-engraved on a charm with a little initial engraved on the back. All they had to do was send us in their fingerprints and choices of charms and we did the rest. We just sent them a link to our How To video to help them get good rubbings of their fingerprints and fill in our handy fingerprint form. Tessa was absolutely over the moon and the kids were thrilled that they’d absolutely aced it.
It is a line we hear from parents often “They grow so fast!”
We recently had the joy of seeing one of our clients. We hadn’t seen little Kit for a couple of years since we cast his baby feet. Wow he has grown. Kit is now walking, talking and getting cheekier by the day!
Baby Kit was just one week old when we first met him and cast his tiny toes. He is now a two years old and we can’t quite believe how much he has grown. Dad John had Kit’s little feet cast in bronze and he wanted to show us how his little boy was doing. With rosie cheeks and a big smile Kit is a bonnie boy who marvelled at how little his feet used to be.
Kit is obviously going to be a tall strapping lad just like his father. But John can forever treasure Kit at his tiniest, that moment when he could hold his son’s tiny feet in the palm of his hand. Kit’s little bronze cast feet will always be a treasured token of his early days.
We have a team of casting artists all over the world who are specially trained to capture your beautiful family moments. Our casting artists have the pleasure of meeting families at the most precious of times, as they welcome you to the world of Wrightson and Platt. This month we introduce you to Karin, our New York Casting Artist.
Name: Karin Kimtis
Joined W&P: 2011
Location: New York City
How Karin became part of the team: We first met Karin when we took casts of her two children back in 2005 and 2007 when they were babies. When she received her sculptures and saw the quality of W&P’s work, Karin expressed an interest in becoming one of our casting artists. She has now been casting for us in the New York area since 2011 and has cast over 160 babies and children for us, with many customers returning as new members of the family arrive.
What does Karin do as a casting artist? Karin will come to your home in New York, and meet you and your family. She will bring a sample of the pieces we make so that you can take a look at the quality of the pieces we make, and choose the piece you would like from a wide selection of sculptures and jewellery in a range of materials including bronze, silver, gold and glass.
Karin will bring her casting kit to take casts of you and your family’s hands and feet using a harmless organic casting material called alginate. It is like a firm jelly so it is nice and gentle to use. The casting is very quick and once the casts are taken of your family, Karin will then ship them to W&P HQ in London. Once they arrive in London we will make your pieces in our studio and keep you posted about their progress before we package them up beautifully and ship the final pieces back to you to admire and enjoy with your family and friends.
If you are based in New York, you can book a casting appointment with Karin on 877-788-1615. You will be in very safe hands.
We just love what one of our clever customers has come up with – a great way of putting together precious mini feet with fingerprint-engraved charms to complete a truly unique piece of jewellery.
If you already have some of our miniaturised hand or feet jewellery, why not add some fingerprint engraved charms of your own. It’s very quick and easy! Watch a little video here, showing you how to take the all-important prints. Then just send them over, choose your pendant shape and size in silver or gold, and we’ll do the rest.
One of our favourite things at Wrightson & Platt is picking up the phone and hearing the voice of one of our customers telling us the happy news that they have welcomed another baby into the world – a sibling for the baby we cast for them a year or even a few years ago.
So we were delighted when Tamara Beckwith Veroni called us before Christmas and asked us to visit her again to cast her new baby boy. And what a lovely casting it was – although he’s only a few months old, Vero kept a close eye on us, sitting still and calmly watching as we cast his feet. And needless to say, the casts came out perfectly, and will look beautiful sitting next to those of his older sister.
It’s truly wonderful to be asked back to cast a new addition to the family – wonderful because it’s lovely to meet the new baby, because it’s good to catch up and see our customers again, because we love to see how the older babies have grown (if they’re not at nursery or school!), and because there’s no greater compliment for our expert team.
Customers who come back again and again, and who recommend us to friends and family because they know we excel at what we do, have helped Wrightson & Platt become the company it is today, offering a range of beautiful pieces to celebrate those most precious things, our children and our families. So thank you Tamara and Vero – there’s no higher recommendation for us than being asked back.
With the arrival of Kate and Williams’ baby, George Alexander Louis of Cambridge being the focus of the public eye; it is hard to believe that George is already over one month old; it is at times like these that we begin to realize how those first precious moments of a child’s life go by in the blink of an eye. As soon as we are welcoming a child into the world, they are already part of it as they begin to grow and develop so quickly.
Here at Wrightson and Platt we capture these ephemeral moments and value the importance of preserving family memories. So we thought we would take this time to delve a little into the history of our own Royal inspiration. Giving you a glimpse of what inspires us, why we appreciate the love of memories and create something that you can treasure for a lifetime. Capturing these moments with such care and attention is such a prominent part of history, especially when we look towards the Royal family.
Queen Victoria was the first British monarch to have a photograph of her family taken. She used the most advance artistic skills and technologies to record memories wanting to capture the details of her family in the best possible way. She was an advocate for art and design, appreciating and promoting new technologies which were expanding throughout her reign. Known for her extensive photography collection of her family, capturing details of her children was something that she love to do. And when the opportunity arose to have her children’s hands and feet carved. It was Mary Thornycroft’s sculptural skills that caught her attention. Studying at the Royal Academy under her father John Francis, Mary was one of the first female sculptures to study at the academy. And following in her father’s footsteps, she worked alongside him at times, and it was on the occasion when he was in the company of Queen Victoria, that the queen saw the quality in Mary’s own work. Queen Victoria took this moment to commission Mary, to sculpt the hands and feet of all nine of her precious children. And it was not just the once, Queen Victoria continued to have carvings of her children made as they grew up, a wonderful documentation of their growth. As Mary remained a sculptor for the Royal family for the majority of her life, in this time she also taught the Queen’s daughter Princess Louise in sculpting and modelling.
Sculptor, Mary Thornycroft.
Mary Thornycroft, the acclaimed Victorian sculptor was and is an inspiration. And for this reason when you visit our Knightsbridge showroom, you’ll see sitting proudly on our desk, an elegant bust of Mary. This remarkable lady is to whom we owe thanks for an emotional and Royal influence on our work Victoria’s own personal desire to preserve family memories, developed a tradition of taking casts of family members and creating beautiful sculptures. The idea was to conserve this innocence and sense of family as more than just as memory, and as something that could be physically revisited and passed down in history. As we have looked to the past, we can see how the future has unfolded. We can look to the collections of the Royal family sculptures and not just have a time line of events and people, but the wonderful details of who they were. Mary Thornycroft’s artworks are still part of the Royal Collection and have been for over 150 years, her skills as a sculptor have immortalized details of a family that could have been lost in time. How the tiny hand of a prince became a king, capturing the most delicate moments of life, preserving details that leave not just a fading memory but a lasting legacy.
Mary took plaster cast of each child’s hands and feet, she used to create carving of the children’s hands and feet out of alabaster. Using her skills as a sculptor and the tools and technology available at that time to make the most life like carving possible, from using the cast to replicate the tiny details into alabaster. Wanting to capture every tiny crease and crevice, lump and bump, shape and surface to immortalizing a detail from that precise moment. And this is something that is at the heart of Wrightson and Platt. It was in 1999 when Vicky Platt and Denise Wrightson first founded W&P that their mutual appreciation of preserving those ephemeral moments in life ignited their inspirations to revive tradition. With the technology of the 21st century intertwined with traditional methods from British craftsmanship this proposed an exciting opportunity to push the boundaries of what was previously possible. With their artistic background and focus on quality, using the best materials, process and artists you will find the most stunning forms of art here at Wrightson and Platt. Creating luxury, bespoke art works that you can treasure with your family for a lifetime.
”Big brother and baby brother hands cast in 18ct yellow gold”
From life cast hands and feet to the engraving of a finger print. You will find an endless array of beautiful bespoke art works. Using the precious materials of gold, silver, bronze and glass you will discover the many exquisite sculptures and jewellery that we make. From high level casting and 3D scanning, using the best technology you will find miniaturized life casts, cufflinks, necklaces, keyrings, pendants, bracelets, rings, hand held vases, and so much more. So why not come and take a peek in our showroom on Walton Street and see where our Royal inspiration has taken us, and see the wonderful works we produce that can be with you for a lifetime.