The process and the pricing

Posted on Feb 1, 2011

Three Greyhound dogs running in the snowDoes this photo make you as happy as it makes me? The Greyhounds love to run. I love to watch them. And now it is February – one day closer to spring and melt and mud. I can hardly wait.

But enough with the weather report. My email inbox is full with inquiries about prices of my work and how to obtain the pieces. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate these emails. I read them and am working my way through replying, but thought I would respond here in case there are others who are curious but have not made inquiries.

Currently heres how it works. Smaller pieces like tiles, porcelain & sterling pendants, memory boxes and smaller sculptures are on my etsy store as they are available. Larger pieces like table top size and bigger rarely make it to the etsy store. Those pieces usually are sold at events like Greyhounds Reach the Beach in Dewey Beach, Delaware or the Greyhound Gathering in Kanab, Utah. Two reasons for that – I like to meet the people who are interested in my work and the pieces can be challenging to ship.

Prices for tiles range from $4 for the smallest tiles to $150 for the large tile sets – priced by size, # of tiles, and glazing complexity.

Greyhound Angel pendant in porcelain by Sarah Regan Snavely

Prices for porcelain pendants are $18 for simple, single glazed pendants up to $25 for pendants with more complex glazing or strung with precious stones, etc.

Prices for Sterling pendants are currently at $65 but with the price of sterling going up, up, up I might be writing about a price increase soon.

Prices for memory boxes range from $125 for the smallest boxes to $350 for the largest like the one above.

Prices for smaller sculptures like the smoke-fired piece (above) are $100 each.

Then there are the larger sculptures. How to describe them accurately? This one about was 16″H x 7″W x 17 1/2″L – I consider that a larger piece (but it really is mid-sized). Pieces in this range are around $650-$750. Prices are based on size and difficulty because, well, bigger pieces require more materials, more tile, more resources.

As for obtaining these “larger” pieces, I’m working on amassing a collection of pieces to have an exhibition at Dickinson State University in March 2011. The “winter hat” bust will be there, as will the “Faith in My Lucky Rabbit’s Foot” piece and “Frank” and others. Those pieces do not have homes as I write this. One reason why is that I don’t like to sell work before they are 100% finished – fully dried, fully fired, fully finished. ‘Cause things go wrong and I hate to disappoint people who have fallen in love with a piece. I want people to love the work, but I also have to be true to my vision of the piece. The best way for me to do this is to wait to sell the piece until the piece is fully complete.

The DSU show is an unusual circumstance. In the past I’ve sold work as it was completed, never wishing to keep a large collection for exhibition. But the DSU exhibition is different. For some time I’ve wanted to see all my work in a gallery environment displayed as a collection rather than a smaller selection like it is in an art-fair/booth environment. I wrote a grant based on this desire. This important goal is finally happening.

So… wow this post is long and if you’re still reading, thank you…

I have more goals. One of those goals is to have work for sale on this site. Tiles, small sculptures, memory boxes, and larger work too. Finished larger clay work with prices and links to a secure shopping cart. Now there will always be pieces that I would never feel comfortable shipping, but there are many that could be shipped safely.

And the other option is bronze…. But that’s a whole new ball of wax.


  1. Emily
    February 1, 2011

    You had an open house a few years back… do you ever plan on doing that again? 🙂

  2. Sarah Regan Snavely
    February 1, 2011

    That”s an excellent question, Emily! I am going to do it again. Especially since my studio has changed since I did it last time, new equipment, etc.

  3. Ann Sparks
    February 1, 2011

    Sarah your work moves me in such a way it is hard to describe. You seem to have captured the spirit of the Grey…like you become their source of speaking. I know they are your muse , you have become one of mine with your talents. Thank you for sharing your gift.. Ann Sparks

  4. Amy
    February 1, 2011

    Hi Sarah,

    I saw your work at Dewey last year and was awed by the busts. I am very interested in the bomber hat grey. I am going to Dewey this year so could get it there. What will the cost be?


    • Sarah Regan Snavely
      February 1, 2011

      Thanks, Amy! Around $650ish. One of those that would be difficult to ship thanks to the buckles on the hat.

  5. Jen Komatsu
    February 1, 2011

    It is not a long drive to ND for me!! No need to worry about shipping there. 😉 I REALLY wanted that word mask piece that you sold at Dewey. :,-(

  6. Brittany
    February 1, 2011

    A bronze greyhound sculpture in your hands? That would be one sexy beast when you got done with it! Love the idea, but I bet it would be a lot of work, but totally worth the results.

  7. Kimberly
    February 2, 2011

    Love the thought of a bronze.

  8. Heather
    February 10, 2011

    Bronze? OMG I need to pick my jaw up off the ground. How totally insanely beautiful those would be! Not that your pieces already are not insanely beautiful, because they are.
    Just would take it to a whole other level.


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