August Dog Pottery Giveaway

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Christine with her German Shepherd salt and pepper shakers. Photo by Audrey Albertini

A quick post to let you know that this month’s giveway is up and running.  The prize this month is a set of dog salt and pepper shakers with your choice of dog breed.  These will be great on your tabletop, or you could gift them to the dog lover in your life.

I was so happy that a customer requested that I make salt and pepper shakers because they have been very popular.  I use mine all the time.  And yes, that is me in my kitchen using my German Shepherd shakers 🙂

Click the big red button to enter the giveaway – Good luck!

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June Giveaway – Enter to Win!

dog breed sugar bowl and creamer giveaway

June’s Prize – Dog Breed Sugar Bowl and Creamer

Enter to win a dog breed sugar bowl and creamer in my June prize drawing (mug not included).  This is a very popular set and would be a great gift for the dog lover in your life, especially if that dog lover is you 🙂

Each dog breed sugar bowl and creamer is made here in my studio in small batches and with plenty of love.  It’s still fun, after all these years, to open the kiln after a firing and see the many dogs staring up at me.

Click the big red button to be taken to the entry page.  Remember, the more you share this contest, the better your chances of winning.  Good luck!!

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In other news, my website is off maintenace mode and is functional, though always a work in progress.  My daughter, who is studying graphic design, did a product shoot in our kitchen and one of her pictures is on the homepage – check it out.

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Lightning Strikes at Shepherds Grove

Our new German Shepherd Puppy Zeus

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Happy New Year everyone! I hope the holidays were filled with the things you love and that your year ahead is filled with promise.  I’m grateful to say that both things are true for me.  In November I had to say goodbye to Dante and it was one of the most heartbreaking things I’ve ever had to do.  As sad as it was, myself and family knew that we would want another German Shepherd in our lives.  And, as Dante and Boomer have connections in high places, I had them to go to work finding us a puppy.

I did not expect to have a puppy in our home three weeks later.  His name is Zeus and he came into our lives like lightning and captured our hearts just as fast.  He’s now just about 12 weeks old, sweet and feisty with sharp baby needle teeth.  He’s also incredibly smart and already loves to work.  And boy does he have an amazing food drive!  The best part is that when he looks at you with his soul-piercing eyes, any troubles melt away.   Our home feels happy once again.

In other news, the winner of my December contest was Melody – Congratulations!  She will soon be receiving a set of dog breed salt and pepper shakers.  I’ll be releasing the details of my January contest soon so check back!

All the best to you!

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November Contest

pug sugar bowl and creamer from shepherds-grove.com

You could win a sugar and creamer set!

 

Hello.  I meant to write this post much earlier but was derailed by some emergency kiln repairs which ate up the mid-afternoon.  I believe the problem is fixed and will find out when I fire my glazed pottery load tomorrow.  On to the contest…

The November prize will be a dog breed sugar bowl and dog breed creamer (similar to those pictured above) and the winner will choose from over 40 of my current dog designs.  The sugar bowl and creamer are some of my most popular items and would be a great gift for Christmas for the dog lover in your life – assuming you would want to part with them should you win 🙂

The contest works as follows: click the link below and enter your name and email.  You’ll then be given opportunities to increase your chances of winning by sharing the contest with your friends, i.e., you get more entries when you share on social media and again if your friend (or friends) enter the contest.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

Best of luck!

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Shepherds Grove Featured on “Barking Backward” Blog

Ok, so I’m not proud to admit this, but 2 months have passed since my last blog post, though I had written a couple drafts.   I’m especially ashamed that I didn’t publish the one I’m about to tell you about because it was such an honor for me, and the fact that I didn’t share this experience when it happened might suggest otherwise.  But that’s really not the case.  The truth is, sometimes my creative business has me going in multiple directions that I don’t always navigate well.  And BAM, before I know it, two months have passed.  But now I would like to share what happened.

A customer, Mr. Jameson Parker, who ordered one of my dog breed mugs during the 2016 holiday season, followed up by email and confirmed a suspicion I had about selling my work online.  He indicated that when he purchased the mug for Christmas, he wasn’t sure what it would really be like.  Ok, I thought, that’s only natural.  When you buy something online, how can you really know if it’s going to meet your expectations?  This is a challenge for all folks selling their handmade items online and something I need to address to help my customers.  If any of you have any thoughts on this, I’d love some comments.

Any how, after receiving the one item and liking it, Jameson ordered a few more pieces of my dog breed pottery and then surprised me with a request to interview me for his blog.  I rushed over to his blog, Barking Backward, to read it and spent a long time there.  His writing style is a pleasure to read and the content is interesting, varying from nature to politics, book reviews, guns, artisan made, Hollywood, and pretty much any darn thing he wants to discuss (as he told me himself, though he might have used a different word for darn).

Jameson is an avid writer.  He writes novels, magazine articles, and his blog posts (his blog posts, unlike mine, are consistent and reliable).  And what was really fun to find out was that he is the Jameson Parker that starred in one of my favorite TV shows, Simon and Simon.  I’ll admit I got a little giddy when I found that out – I’m allowed to be a little star-struck, right?

During the phone interview, Jameson asked questions about my craft, how I got into it, where I live, and other things that you can read in his “The Artisans: Shepherd’s Grove” blog post.  We also discussed his dogs – two Australian Shepherds named Bear and Daisy Mae and a Cardigan Corgi named Lola.  It’s very clear from talking with him, and reading his blog, that he adores them very much.  I guess that’s pretty much what you’d expect from customer’s who buy pottery made for dog lovers, but I love when I get to hear  stories about my customer’s dogs.  Anyway, the interview was really like having a conversation with an old friend, talking about our lives and our dogs.  It was pretty darn cool.

I send my heartfelt (and somewhat belated) thank you to Jameson for featuring my studio on his blog and helping spread my reach.  His thoughtfulness and beautiful words are much appreciated and I will remember the experience very fondly.

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10 Great Pictures of Dogs and Daffodils

I love Daffodils – they’re such a jolly flower.  Before they all disappear, I thought I would pay tribute to them with 10 great pictures of “Dogs and Daffodils”.

1. Newfoundland and Daffodils

 

2. Corgi and Daffodils

One happy dog

 

3. Shelties and Daffodils

 

4. German Shepherd and Daffodils

 

5. Pug and Daffodils

 

6. Greyhound and Daffodils

 

7. Golden Retriever and Daffodils

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8. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Daffodils

 

9. Chihuahua and Daffodils

Chihuahua and Daffodils

Source: Instagram @fotografriedje

 

10.  Australian Shepherd and Daffodils

 

Warmest Regards,

 

p.s.  Like to save?  Receive a coupon for 20% off your first order from the Shepherds Grove website. Look for the persistent little pop-up box and sign up!

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Dogs of the Medieval Fair, Humboldt, CA.

Giant Rocking Horse www.shepherds-grove.comI took my youngest daughter, Lauren, to the Excalibur Medieval Tournament and Market Faire here in Humboldt County on Sunday. Here we are on the giant wooden rocking horse – yeeehaaaa!.

We had a great time wandering the fair, and there were so many awesome dogs there with their people.  We had to stop and visit all that we could and now I have new inspiration for dog breeds to add to my dog pottery line – Great Pyrenees and Scottish Deerhounds!

German Shepherd Puppies at Excalibur Medieval Tournament and Market Faire, Humboldt, CA.  www.shepherds-grove.com

German Shepherd pups enjoying a drink – water, not ale 🙂

Scottish Deerhound

Elegant Scottish Deerhound with his kilted owner.

Great Pyrenees

Very sweet Great Pyrenees poses with Lauren for a photo.

Dogs meeting

Dogs saying hello by Medieval Fair tent.