Sunday, December 15, 2013



I had a request recently for a small boat sculpture that depicted the bedtime classic ... THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT. I didn't grow up with this story being read to me so I had to read it a few times to get a sense of the characters. My client, however, and her brother, considered this story one of their prime childhood memories. When the brother's house burned with all the keepsakes of their youth, I was asked me to make this piece as a touchstone of their childhood.

The boat is made of copper wire...and the figures are photo etched brass, copper and nickel. The overall size is approx. 8" long by 3.5" wide by 4.5" tall.

I used a photo I had of a friend's cat. I love the sprawling posture and the look on the owl's face that clearly says, "oh bother."


The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat:
They took some honey, and plenty of money
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
“O lovely Pussy, O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are,
You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!”

Pussy said to the Owl, “You elegant fowl,
How charmingly sweet you sing!
Oh! let us be married; too long we have tarried,
But what shall we do for a ring?”
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the bong-tree grows;
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood,
With a ring at the end of his nose,
His nose,
His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

“Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?” Said the Piggy, “I will.”
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

Edward Lear, 1812 - 1888