Category Archives: Family

A Christmas Gift

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This little girl came to us a few days after Christmas – and I’ve been back and forth more times than I’d like to admit – on whether or not to keep her. So far since her arrival, I’ve been doing nothing else but caring for her, the same when my children were born. The exhaustion and panic attacks are familiar – but I know they will pass in time. So for now, I’m hanging in there.

What makes it particularly hard though, is that the studio doors need to be shut for a while. It’s no place for a puppy. I get anxious when I’m closed off from my work – work that is also therapeutic and keeps my energy grounded. Usually after the holiday rush, I take very little time off before launching in again. As soon as the New Year comes, I am bursting with fresh ideas, anxious to experiment with different techniques, revisit old glazes and try out new recipes once the shows are over and my regular production schedule is slowed down. But for now, I need to be content with this sweet face that is looking to me for shaping her day, and teaching her the skills she needs to get along well with our family, and I need to learn to sit still. I trust she will eventually learn to be good company in the studio – like my Marley before her – who I still miss deeply.

The Last Boat Ride

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I lost my beloved Marley to Lymphoma a little over a month ago. Since then, my heart has been slow to mend – not sure if it will ever fully recover – but now that Fall is here and the shows are starting to line up, it’s time to get back to work in the studio despite how empty it seems. Marley was our family dog and my constant companion for over ten years. There are no words to describe just how devastating his loss feels. The only consolation I have is knowing that he had the best life a dog could ever ask for, and was dearly loved by everyone who knew him. Such a sweet, go-lucky happy guy.

This was the last photo I took of my dog watching my husband on the dock after what ended up being his final boat ride. It is now my favorite – and more precious than I can say.