Just as he takes a lump of clay or a plain-old stone and forms it into a lovely piece of art, George Carruth has taken his passion and turned it into our sweet little art studio. While working as a sculptor for American Greetings Cards in his late 20s, he started carving images on stones with basic hand tools simply as a way to practice and refine sculpting techniques while enjoying the outdoors. His wife and biggest fan, Deborah, immediately recognized their beauty and value. She encouraged and aided George to enter various art shows to exhibit his one-of-a-kind garden stones. 

And this is how it all began. We launched our little company, Carruth Studio, in 1983 once George and Deb were able to build off their success in art exhibits and shows around the country. Just a few years later, Deb (who handles the business-end of the art studio) was approached by the owner of a mail order gift and garden catalog. She convinced George to cast his original designs in stone so multiple version could be produced and sold at more affordable prices. And so it was that his first cast piece, the cat birdbath, was featured on the cover of David Kay's Garden and Gift Catalog.
Deb and George Carruth

We kept getting plenty of media attention, and other exciting opportunities came along that showed George's immense talent for creating art out of rough stone. There was the ornament for the White House Christmas tree and the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. to name a few. Then a documentary was made for public television, called "George Carruth: An American Sculptor."

Our retail studio outlet, Garden Smiles, based in Waterville Ohio is widely known throughout the region, and has become a bit of a tourist attraction for Toledo, as it is home to the only complete collection of George's designs. Visitors to the store can also enjoy a curated selection of art from the 20-plus local artists. Garden Smiles is run by our extended family of employees who all believe in our desire to "plant a smile in your garden." We are truly a family-run, American made art studio. George has even gone on to create three children's books with his daughter Libby Carruth Krock. Libby has helped make some sculptures and she's been integral in other aspects of our studio. 

Our classic and lighthearted designs are now some of the most collected sculptures in America, sought out by collectors, sent as gifts for weddings, holidays, bereavement, birthdays or any event that needs a little character and whimsy. Although many of these sculptures are displayed in sun rooms, kitchens and indoor areas, they are designed to give many years of pleasure when displayed outdoors in the garden. You'll see why "Plant a Smile in Your Garden" has been our desire from the beginning.
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