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by Don Gidley and Sue Parke
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  • the story

Time For A Nap

Slip into a sleepy summer afternoon with this whimsical Cat Nap clock by Don Gidley and Sue Parke. Handmade from sheets of aluminum, each clock is individually cut out by Don and then painted by Sue. The pair met while creating theater sets, so it's no wonder that this clock echoes that style. The flat pieces are layered on a "stage" to create depth and moving parts (most notable being the fish pendulum) add a sense of playfulness. Handmade in Canada.

  • details
Handmade
Item ID
17021
Made from
aluminum
Measurements
15.5" H x 11" W x 3.25" D
Notes
takes one "AA" battery, not included.
  • the maker

Don Gidley and Sue Parke

How does this Canadian couple balance business and marriage after 35 years together? "Staying as separate as possible!" Sue says with a laugh. That means a basement studio for Don and an outdoor studio for Sue. "We get together for lunch everyday. We have a lot of fun." No doubt about that. For Sue's 55th birthday, their staff bought her a tattoo as a dare, and she came back with a red high heel tattoo. "I told them to buy me another when I'm 60."

The pair met while working on theater sets together. Sue, who does the painting and designs, uses bold combinations of color to give the pieces life using brushstrokes adapted from stage painting. Don hand cuts all the pieces from metal.

"Those with an eye for the quirky will delight in the sculptures of artists Sue Parke and Don Gidley," says an article in Canadian House & Home. "Her sense of whimsy, and Don's eye for geometry and line merge in clocks, that come in eclectic shapes."

Don says, "We see our work as urban folk art or folk art with an urban sensibility."

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CAT NAP CLOCK
 
4.2

(based on 6 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (4)

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    (1)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (5)
  • Clear display (5)
  • Keeps good time (5)
  • Reliable (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Decoration (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

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1.0

Uh...

By 

from nunyabidness, earth

About Me Midrange Shopper

Pros

    Cons

    • Broken
    • Inaccurate
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

      Comments about CAT NAP CLOCK:

      Ummm... this clock did not work AT ALL! It was missing the clockwork!

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Self
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Other

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      5.0

      Loved it from the moment I saw it...

      By 

      from Charlottesville, VA

      About Me High-end Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Clear Display
      • Darling concept
      • High on artistic detail
      • Keeps Good Time
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • On my office desk

      Comments about CAT NAP CLOCK:

      Wonderful, lighthearted concept...great detail...I bought this clock for myself on my birthday! The clock is on my office desk and I get many compliments and questions about where I purchased. Had a little bit of difficulty getting a clock mechanism (the design is by an artist, not a clockmaker) that kept good time, [...] Thank you, thank you for your always innovative and unusual styles!

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      5.0

      Love it.

      By 

      from Dallas, TX

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Clear Display
      • Keeps Good Time
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Decoration
        • Desk
        • Useful Office decoration

        Comments about CAT NAP CLOCK:

        Cute at work in my office. Cheers up the day!

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This clock is everything I hoped for

        By 

        from Urbandale, IA

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Clear Display
        • Keeps Good Time
        • Quality craftsmanship
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Decoration
          • Guest room

          Comments about CAT NAP CLOCK:

          This clock will be passed down through generations because we consider it a beautiful piece of artwork.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Cool Cat

          By 

          from Mn

          About Me Practical

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Clear Display
          • Keeps Good Time
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Decoration

            Comments about CAT NAP CLOCK:

            I love it. The only thing wrong was the flag was slighty bent. I moved it back in place. It really is charming at the lake cabin!

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A Clock With Personality

            By 

            from Needham, MA

            About Me Not too serious

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Clear Display
            • Keeps Good Time
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Anywhere
              • Kitchen

              Comments about CAT NAP CLOCK:

              I'd usually wait for the holidays to get something this nice and "unnecessary", but I fell in love with this unique clock! Now that I have it, it adds a great splash of color to my kitchen counter. The blue fish moving in and out of the grass adds even more fun. I'm so glad I splurged!

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              • Personal

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