Ramsgate mum returns from maternity leave determined to expand 3D casting designs business

Shannon hopes to build up the business

A Ramsgate mum who launched a 3D casting designs business in 2021 is returning to the craft after taking time off to have her second baby.

Shannon Gutteridge discovered a love – and talent – for creating 3D casts of hands and feet for babies and toddlers after making a cast for her daughter Fairlie, who is now aged three.

The 29-year-old had planning to open up Always Casting Memories in 2020 but covid struck and so she had to wait until 2021.

Shannon, who also works part time as a claims handler for Saga, specialised in baby hands and feet casts and began to build up trade.

She took time out for maternity leave and now her little boy is 10-months-old Shannon is planning on building up the business once more.

This time she has a new studio based at her Pegwell home and is branching out to offer casts for babies, children and with adult hands entwined.

She said: “I am going to dedicated one day a week for casting to begin with. I was doing a little bit of work during my maternity leave but now I want to get back out there and let people know about it.

“I am going to also be doing casts with adult hands holding their baby’s hand and eventually I am going to start doing pet casts.”

All framed casts are bespoke and designed by the customers during their appointment. Shannon is also offering gift vouchers.

Talking about the casting process previously Shannon said: “The client comes with their baby and I find the correct sized pots for the hands and feet to do a mould. I then replaster them and then take it apart and let it dry out for about a week. Then I do any sanding, filling, painting, waxing and framing, so quite a lot goes into it.”

To find out more visit “Always Casting Memories” on Facebook, email [email protected], call 07849337044 or on Instagram @alwayscastingmemories