As a result, Arty Lobster https://artylobster.com which was a Finalist at the prestigious Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) London Business Awards, has plans to hire an additional three 3D artists in the next 12 months. This would take the three-year old company to 15 members of staff.
Part of the increase in demand has come from the company’s ability to create free previews of a sculpture, before a customer commits to buy. This allows anyone to see the beauty and uniqueness of the sculpture itself.
London-based Arty Lobster takes 3D tech to the limits by creating items that are truly bespoke and unique. Highly skilled artists create the 3D pet sculptures from customers' photos of their pet, which are then 3D printed in-house before being delivered to the customer. There are three options, including sandstone, porcelain and bronze.
Lars Andersen, Founder and MD of Arty Lobster, said: “Pet memorials represent a significant part of our customer base. As our pets are becoming members of our family, we increasingly want a memento of them to cherish forever, which is why I believe this market is becoming increasingly important for us.
“Veterinary practices are among one of our key growth areas. Pet owners are seeking lasting memorials of their pet, and they also serve as unique and attractive gifts for any pet lover.”
He added: “In business terms, it’s an incredibly exciting time for us. We have experienced strong growth in the UK and internationally, which has allowed us to take on several new full-time members of staff as well as to add to our team of dedicated associates."
At the cutting edge of 3D innovation, Arty Lobster has implemented a rigorous training programme to ensure each pet sculpture is crafted to the highest quality and artistic standards.
The UK pet accessories market was estimated to be worth around £850m at retail selling prices in 2016, according to AMA Research, with growth forecast at around 2% for 2017. The market covers a wide range of product groups including care products, toys, housing, bedding & feeding products, collars, leads and utility products.