We came across Divya Chandrashekar's profile when CARE (a Bangalore-based animal shelter) posted mini pet figurines made by her for raising funds. Naturally, we stalked her Instagram feed (divvy_upp is her handle) and we were just 'aww-ing' at every post of hers. You'll find posts about handcrafted ceramic animal figurines and trinkets such as mini bowls, tiny vases, pendants, pins, and magnets. Divya specialises in custom pet figurines and can make cute and delicate figurines of your pets --mostly dogs of kinds and more recently cats. If fact, this writer placed a custom order with her for a pet figurine of his best friend's dog, Whisky (see the images above).
The process is quite simple and detailed. When Divya opens up her custom order slots (join her mailing list or follow her on Instagram to know about this), you can place an order with her for a custom pet. Once the order and payment are done, Divya reaches out in a few days' time with a set of questions about your pet -- name, appearance, personality, favourite things and anything unique to your pet. Plus, photos so she has references to work on. She also lets you add extras such as toys, name tags, or in this writer's case Whisky's favourite mat. Once all the discussions are done, Divya works her magic and how, and in 4-6 weeks, you'll get your mini ceramic pet.
Trust us when we say this -- her work is brilliant. Both this writer and his bestie loved ceramic Whisky. The glaze brought out his coat beautifully. The classic sleeping pose of his (snout buried under his paw) was beautifully captured. You can really see the detailing and work (she even got the fold on the mat) she's put into the piece. You'll find reviews on her handle from other pet parents gushing about her work. It's that brilliant.
Custom orders start at INR 2,000 with Pan-India shipping and shop orders start at INR 500.