Ron Hevener specializes in animals and the people who love them. Growing up in the
farmlands of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, he was
surrounded by horses, dogs and county fairs.
Mr. Hevener owns
Lochranza Kennels, which has specialized in Collies
since 1945, also breeding Arabian horses.
An accomplished artist who started by selling handmade
souvenirs to tourists at farmers' markets, Ron Hevener's Limited
Edition collectible figurines are now
bought and traded throughout the world. He creates
every piece as if it were his first, his pieces
treasured by everyone who owns them. And, Mr. Hevener
continues updating his work and working on new
creations, so please do watch for additions!
Ron Hevener makes his figurines by hand in
his Lancaster studio. The larger Studio Collection
pieces are all Limited Edition, limited to editions of
100 or 1000, depending on the type of figurine. They
also include small protective felt pads on the base. The
smaller Blue Ribbon Collection pieces (reasonably
priced at no more than $26.95) are neither numbered or
limited in edition, and their lesser weights do not
All of the Hevener figurines are
hand-cast from Hydro stone and finished with a durable
high-gloss glaze. Individual pieces may vary slightly in
color and decoration.
Retriever figurine, shown here,
has had a place of prominence in our home since 1999,
looking just as wonderful as the day it was brought home. The
inviting nature and goofy, sweetness that characterizes the breed is
just captured perfectly. Honestly, we cannot imagine any Golden lovers not having one of these collectibles for their own.
As figurines are typically made to order, please allow
up to two weeks for these handmade collectables to be
produced for you. Here, at the Land of PureGold, we
are carrying ALL 69 dog breeds from The Hevener Studio,
in addition to Ron Hevener's cat and horse collectibles.
How a "Hevener" is Created
At the age of 5, Ron
Hevener bought his first "dog." A tiny Boxer figurine he fell in love with. It
was the beginning of a love affair with art spending many hours sculpting things
out of mud or wire and learning to paint.
Today, starting off in local
farmers' markets, selling from his own gallery and now having many distributors,
Ron Hevener still creates every piece as if it were his first and has become
well known in the collectibles trade. His pieces are treasured by everyone who
After a design is
completed, a latex mold is formed over the original sculpture layer by layer.
Then a plastic "mother mold" is made over that to keep the latex mold in place
during the pouring. When the mold is sufficiently cured, usually in about two
weeks, the first casting is poured and everyone "holds their breath" waiting to
see how it comes out.
After the castings are poured, hardened and removed
from their molds, they are trimmed, filled and smoothed. They are set aside to
dry for about a week. Next, the castings are lightly sanded to remove any
remaining imperfections and brushed to remove dust.
The castings are now
ready to be painted. They are base coated, then air brushed with colors and
patterns, each one slightly different. Some are custom painted from photographs
to match a specific pet. The finish touches are then done with a brush to create
They are then glazed
with multiple coats of clear lacquer and allowed to cure for about a week. With
proper care the figurines will last for many years and have earned the name
Mr. Hevener appearing at another successful show.