April Dog Pottery Winner


Congratulations Monica M. on winning two dog breed mugs in the April Dog Pottery Giveaway!

Thank you to Monica and everyone who entered.  I will be continuing my contest indefinitely, so be sure to enter again.  I will post the May giveaway here and on Facebook in the next day or so.   Everyone who is on my email list will receive the May contest details in their inbox.

Take care,




Dog of the Week – West Highland Terrier

West Highland Terrier
Photo by Claire Zimmerman

I am keeping true to my word that I’ll be adding a new dog breed every week, though sometimes it’s challenging.  I like having this goal and intend to keep with it, though I will make exceptions for vacations, like next week when I go to Tahoe with my family.  So no “Dog of the Week” next week.

I chose West Highland Terriers for this week because, well,  they’re adorable.  Also, my  neighbor down the street has one, so there’s inspiration close by if I need it.

I’ll post a picture of my Westie artwork at the end of the week.  I’m running test tiles this week of my Border Collie design, and the Miniature Schnauzer design (from last week) to check that the fired colors look good.  Then I’ll be able to add the artwork to mugs and make dog mugs – the funnest part 🙂  And by the way, if any of you see my finished designs and have some constructive criticism, I readily welcome it.  Thanks!

Just a reminder, new subscribers to the Shepherds Grove Monthly Newsletter receive a 10% off coupon.

Have a wonderful week!

Miniature Schnauzer – The Dog of the Week!

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This week’s “Dog of the Week” is the Miniature Schnauzer.  I’m excited to see its cute little face staring back at me from one of my dog mugs.  Are you a Miniature Schnauzer owner?  If so, tell me about your dog on Facebook – go to where this blog post is on the Shepherds Grove Facebook Page and reply about your pup.  The first person to reply about their Miniature Schnauzer will receive a 50% off coupon from my website.

For those of you who don’t win the above coupon, and would like to save a little your next purchase from Shepherds Grove, sign up for my Monthly Newsletter.  Once you do, you’ll be sent a coupon for 10% off. My newsletter only comes out once per month, so you won’t be bombarded.  Of course, when you place an order, there will be correspondence pertaining to the order, but that’s only good business 🙂  Feel free to share this email with everyone who you think might be interested in signing up and saving!

I’ll post my Miniature Schnauzer artwork later this week.  Have a great Monday!


Making Pottery – Banding and Striping a Mug at Shepherds Grove Studio

There are several steps that my stoneware dog mugs have to go through before they can go to new homes and one of them is banding and striping.  After I’ve applied my white glaze by dipping the mugs into the glaze, and the glaze has dried, it’s time to add my accent colors of blue and golden yellow.  This short video shows the process.