When I start feeling a bit like a one-woman factory making these above, (that Block is 'Dove at the Window'), then I'm grateful for an opportunity to mix it up a bit by doing special commissions for people.
Recently I was asked to make a 40th Birthday wall-piece for someone's hubby, and could I please incorporate .... a Chicken, a Tortoise, a Heart, a Boat, and something in green and yellow denoting Norwich City Football Club.
No sooner said than done (well, ok, three weeks later!) and this is what it turned out like. They were rather pleased with my efforts, and a few weeks later, when it was 40th Birthday Boy's Granny's 100th Birthday (!!), they asked if I would make something for Gran, incorporating a few of her favourite things ..... A Racehorse and Jockey, Playing Cards, an Apple Pie, Hearts, a Church and a Golden Retriever!
Er ... OK then.
I don't often talk about the cost of my work in this blog, but I don't mind telling you that I charged £45.00 for each of these, which I think is quite reasonable. I have looked around at commemorative plates being sold by other potters, and they are way more expensive ... we're talking over £100 easily!
If I were to make one of these for myself, (which would be rather silly and, let's face it, not much of a surprise!), I suppose my favourite things to be included would be .... Pottery, Ballroom Dancing (I'm learning!), Hills and Dales, Hearts and Flowers, and a panel depicting a Mummy, Daddy, Girl and two Boys.
What five or six things would be on your commemorative wall plaque? What are a few of your favourite things .... Raindrops on Roses, Whiskers on Kittens, Bright Copper Kettles?
Have a great gloriously sunny long weekend! I know, I know ...
(p.s. Giveaway coming next week).