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Returning to the studio

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As you can see, the studio blog has a new address and a new look. The new look is temporary while I work on integrating all three sites – this blog, the horse color blog and the Blackberry Lane website – using the WordPress platform. Part of this change is an effort to make it easier for me to keep the sites updated, but it is also to prepare for the sales and distribution of the new books. The Equine Tapestry blog, which already used WordPress, is now self-hosted (which means no more ads) but has otherwise remained the same. Eventually that will change since the theme (“Connections“) has not be maintained by its creator, making it incompatible with some of the newer WordPress features.

That will be sometime in the future, though, because I have returned to the studio to catch up on some long overdue projects. This follows my annual trip to Boise to participate in the annual gathering of ceramic artists, Mudhenge. The horse at the top of this post was created while I was there. The sculpture, Juniper, was created by Karen Gerhardt of Wizard’s Vale. In years past, I have looked forward to the trip as an opportunity to learn from my colleagues. After spending the better part of a the last two years immersed in writing, I just hoped I remembered how to glaze! I did. It seems that all I forgot was that I could not see without cheaters, which I foolishly left at home. I suppose that says something about how removed I have been from the studio. (I can now attest that the real ones are much more effective than the ones you get at the drug store.)

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I cannot say that I found any magic answers about how to effectively juggle work on the books and work in the studio while I was in Boise. I have come home with renewed energy, and a sense that the last two years have not been entirely at the expense of my work in the studio. The pattern on my Juniper is taken from one of the newly discovered “W” mutations, previously known as “dominant white”. In years past, we would have called this color sabino roan. It has always been a particular favorite of mine, and after having to create precise illustrations of it for the upcoming book, I was more aware of its nuances than ever before.

I should have a few more new horses to share in the coming weeks, and with luck those will be followed by the first color proofs of the new book. It might be a while longer before the Equine Tapestry blog returns to its formerly active state, since those posts tend to come at the expense of work on the books. You may also see a bit more about the books and the publishing aspect of Blackberry Lane here, especially as I gear up for some of the books targeted more directly at artists and collectors.

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Elvis has left the building

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Well, he will be leaving it.

Many of you have probably heard by now about the horrible situation with fellow collector Melissa Gaulding and her husband Herman’s battle with cancer. Mel recently announced that she was going to have to liquidate her collection in order to pay medical expenses.

As I looked through my collection of bisques today, trying to decide what I could donate for the cause, I realized that I had finished pieces that could be sold now. Some are prototypes, while others have been kept because they were a particularly good example of some technique or another. Others, like Elvis Impersonator (above), are just horses where I just got too attached to part with them.

I know that there aren’t enough horses here to keep Mel from having to sell some of her collection, but with luck maybe by selling some of them, I can allow her to keep a few favorites. If there is one thing I know, more horses will come out of the kiln and take the place of the ones that leave!

So I am sorting through what is here and how best to offer them to buyers. When I know which ones and how they will be sold, I’ll post it to the mailing list and most likely have a full listing with pictures on the website. In the meantime, I would encourage folks to keep Melissa and Herman in their thoughts and prayers. All financial hardship aside, they have a long road ahead of them and can use whatever support the collectibles community can give.

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