University of Kentucky Wildcat Parker
Posted on April 25, 2012 in Parker by Katie Oskin
Reserved? You may have seen this cute graphic in our store at some point in time. Parker’s cute face appears all over Kater’s Acres. Why? Parker is Kater’s Acres. This being said, often our customers want something special and unique. Something for a specific reason. Our most recent custom order was a special present for a young lady graduating from the University of Kentucky. She has worked hard in her undergraduate studies and is earning her Bachelor’s degree this coming May. Her Mom contacted us and asked us to make something special and unique, just for her. We love doing custom orders and this one probably our favorite of the most recent custom orders we have made.
Here was what the Mom wanted: A wildcat Parker (the University of Kentucky’s mascot) with books saying “reading, writing, rithmetic (like the old poem)”, similar to Library Reading Parker. So my idea was this: wildcat Parker (tawny with black markings) on a matching base, books, pencil, Parker’s tail coming down the back of the books, white banner, graduation cap, and open book with writing.
The first Parker that we made actually broke. We were sure what happened really. I think perhaps it was just bad clay. It broke once (the ear came off), so I fixed it and rebaked it. Then it broke again, burned, and cracked. ARG! Sometimes that happens. See poor sick & broken Parker here. Parker was not having a good day. The only result of this could have been bad clay. It had felt, funny, while I worked it, but I didn’t think too much about it.
Here’s a few pictures of our final result. I’ve never made a Parker with ears before (Parker has no ears), but I think he turned out really cute. The finished University of Kentucky Parker. Our next custom Parker has come in: a San Jose Sharks Parker. We’ll be sure to post the results of that order after it is finished as well.