Hope all of you are well. And your hounds too. And families and friends and the bunny that lives under your porch too. Hope we all are well. It is a New Year! The year of the sheep (or goat or ram). Maybe I should make cups with Greyhounds and Sheep together? Maybe get the other things done first, eh?
I’ve been making like crazy. I made a series of bowls – that topic could make an entire blog post. Various shapes and sizes. Decorated them with swathes of color and Greyhounds. Most of them ran during the glaze firing. Disappointment/learning experience. Feel like its back to the drawing board with the bowls. Maybe I’ll take some photos of the runny glazes and you can tell me what you think. I liked the way the glaze ran in the one pictured. Fired too hot? Glaze not correct consistency?
I’ve also been making memory boxes. I have to figure out a better way to handle the request for boxes. Right now I try to respond to everyone then keep the emails in a designated folder. This system seems inadequate. On one hand, I wish I could keep the memory boxes always available in my online shop. I can’t seem to get far enough ahead to make this happen. I made three times the number boxes in 2014 than I did in 2013.
On the other hand, I could take orders for the boxes. I am resisting this since I know how the ceramic medium is – special orders love to spontaneously combust. Okay… maybe not combust, but crack, get funky glaze problems, etc. There are many, many things that can go wrong in the studio and kiln. Special orders seem to bring out these problems. This means the safe way to tackle custom work is to make an extra or two – which takes more time.
And then how to make the ordering process with all of the different box sizes and designs, figure positions and glaze surfaces clear?
Also, I make in batches – think donuts. I make of batch of donuts (memory boxes or mugs or bowls). So if the order was for two memory boxes and seven mugs it might be months before that order would be ready to go (factoring in the drying/firing/glazing processes). Orders should go out promptly.
I could mostly solve this by making the boxes and figures available separately. But I like the box with the figure on top. I could make both ways, I guess.
So these are the things that I think about when making boxes. How can they be better? Because these dogs are important to us.
After losing Winchester in October, The Spoo became ill in the middle of November. He’d been kind of off – you know how this is – blood work is good, tests came back negative, etc. Still something wasn’t right. Then his right eye started acting all wrong. Multiple trips to the vet. We needed a specialist. Our regular vet suggested the nearest clinic – in Loveland, Colorado.
Spoo and I went to get his diagnosis. Primary glaucoma. Spoo lost an eye and has drops for the keeper. Sorry Spoo I should have figured it out sooner. The thought of losing him… heartbreaking. He’s doing great now. Acting like he’s years younger. Best Christmas present ever.
Love these dogs.