I have several Garden Smiles plaques and statues in my flower gardens. They are all beautiful pieces that enhance the beauty of my gardens.
The home studio of George Carruth is in my neighboring town of Waterville, OH and the store is named Garden Smiles. I have bought all my pieces at this store, but they also have a Garden Smiles store in Columbus, OH that I have also visited. They have a website that you can buy their items online https://www.carruthstudio.com/catalog/catalog.asp
The plaques and statues are cast in concrete from forms. I leave these outside in all types of weather and have never had one break or crack. When they cast them, they sometimes don't come out of the mold in a condition that would pass their quality test, so instead of throwing them away, they offer them for sale at a discount. I have bought several of these "seconds", you would never know, unless you looked close that anything is wrong with them. They may just have too many air bubbles or a slight knick out of them.
If you want some unique garden decor, you will want to check out this store or website.
Update On Feb 27, 2008: I just found this online coupon for Garden Smiles, unfortunately you can only use it in the store in Waterville, OH or Columbus, OH, so if your in that area here is the link to the coupon. http://loyal-email.com/cpns.aspx?bf=GAR00002