Lately I've become aware that I should set the estimated time for doing a commissioned doll to up to three months. This is due to the fact that I start the doll from scratch - it needs to be cast, dry out, be soft-fired, cleaned, dry out again, be high-fired, painted in several layers and fired in the kiln between each layer, assembled, wig and possible clothing sewn.
I have a day job which takes up quite a lot of my time some weeks, other weeks I might have entirely to myself and my own work. I only get my schedule for the day job for a month at a time, which can make booking kiln time in the studio a little tricky. Kiln time can be in high demand at my shared studio space!
I'm also learning the importance of scheduling some time off for myself to relax and do whatever I want, I think this is especially important due to my day job.
When I work on my dolls I have several "batches" of dolls going at once - while painting one batch I might be working on casting new dolls and completing others - wigging and sewing clothes. It needs to be set up this way, or I would have huge gaps in my little production.
I hope that you will contact me with your possible commissions - for me it is very rewarding work because I always push myself when doing a commissoned doll - trying out new things and seeing my work in new light. My dolls are entirely hand made, and I always give my everything with each doll.
So even though it might take some time completing a commission, you can be sure I will always finish it and give it all I can. Thanks for listening, and I would love to hear your thoughts! :)