My friend Catherine loves dogs. Her business, Paws Please Dog Training revolves around them, and with her expert help, we have seen our own Eddie make giant strides toward becoming the "awesome" dog she believes he can be. I have immense respect for her and her almost magical abilities with dogs.
That's why I was so honored when she asked me to make a special piece of jewelry to honor her own first dog, Hanna, recently lost.
The piece, a reliquary for Hanna's ashes, is Catherine's own design. She showed me her initial sketch and I thought I simply had to interpret it, to the best of my ability, exactly as drawn, in its heartfelt perfection.,
There are so many challenges to making a piece designed by someone who doesn't do metalwork and so can't know how a 2 dimensional sketch becomes a 3 dimensional piece. And Catherine provided me with the additional challenge of wanting this to be a bracelet on a leather strap!
I am pleased with the result and so very happy to say that she loves it. RIP Hanna, you were, and still are, very loved.