For those of you who have already ordered a Capriole and are waiting on your copies, I also have good news - all of the original orders have now been shipped, up to copy 160! Those in the UK might already have received yours as they went out on either the 2nd, 3rd or 7th*, those of you in Europe might see yours this week with a bit of luck, and further afield should receive their copies in a couple of weeks! Thank you all SO MUCH for your patience
(*The box with a Dancing Daisy and a TT Pony Mare went out today)
OK peeps, so for some of you this is what you've been waiting on - details on the extra Capriole copies!
So, I have good news and some blargh news - good news first! I have a few extra copies IN HAND of Capriole, which means that if you choose to buy one I will be able to ship it out in the next few days! More good news - there are more copies to come! The molds are hanging on in there and so I should have a few more copies in a month or two (in case now isn't good timing to be trying to sell you things!) so don't worry if you don't catch these ones.
On to the not so good news - you can blame politics for this - basically, the exchange rates have not been in my favour and as such I'm afraid Capriole's price has had to go from £59 to £64. This isn't all bad if you're in the US though - that price change has been swallowed up a bit by the exchange rates, so he's not actually very much more than he was last year to you.
Here's the reason why (feel free to skip this paragraph if it bores you): Before releasing Capriole, I would update my website every few weeks to reflect the current exchange rates. At that time the GBP/USD rate was around 1.5 (remember that, it's important). Here's a chart which might help you visualise all this. Previously I offered to accept payment in £, $ or Euros which had me in a constant state of confusion and was a heck of a lot of work, as I had to re-do every price for every model in every currency, every few weeks! So, prior to releasing Capriole I got a casting quote (which was very good, none of this is Barry's fault!), did my sums and decided to only accept payment in £GBP so that the prices would always be the same to me (PayPal would update them for international buyers, saving me a tonne of work whilst not affecting buyers any more than me manually updating them would). Brexit happened, which left a bit of uncertainty over the value of the £GBP and as such its value dipped from around 1.45 to 1.35 overnight making Capriole quite frankly a bit of a bargain to international buyers, in particular those in the US. So I released his edition a bit earlier than intended to give international buyers the opportunity of saving some money at the cost of a bit of wait for his delivery. I received the same amount I would have whatever the exchange rate, as all sales are now in £GBP. Capriole was rather a success (blush) and so most of the copies sold last June, just after Brexit. Expecting the £GBP to recover, or at least not dip any further (which is what the experts believed) I felt confident that when it came to paying for the casts the rate would have improved (I pay as they are cast, so each month or two I pay for that batch of copies so the cost to me varies depending on the exchange rate at that time), which would hopefully help me out a bit. Unfortunately, there was then a US election and some other stuff happened in the world, which resulted in the value of the £GBP sliding even further down, bottoming out at a frightening 1.20! In layman's terms, this means I'm paying up to 20% more for copies than they would have been pre-Brexit - that eats a giant hole into any income I made from them. Now, since April this year things have recovered a bit and we're now looking at a rate of around 1.3, however sadly this has come a bit late as I've only needed to pay for one batch since then. I've learnt lessons from this experience which I will take forward, however no amount of planning or research can guarantee exchange rates, so I will always be at the mercy of international politics and trading trends.
Anyway! If you'd like to add one or more of these new Caprioles to your collection, then...
you can find the PayPal button for Capriole has been restored on my sales page here.
You might need to clear your cache if the page doesn't update (for instance if you've been checking the website recently) although I'll be honest, I'm not sure how you do that!
Ok, so the title might sound a bit obvious, but I'm thrilled to finally be able to present a new face on the Union Jack china model which is actually available for sale (the last how many have already been spoken for before I could post about them!).
This lovely little chap is a glossy earthenware china custom glazed to a chestnut sabino with one blue eye. He has lovely shading along with his flashy markings, and shell coloured hooves.
I gave Donna and her team free reign on this model and they have delivered a lovely example! I didn't give any reference photos but after a quick online search I found these foals that have similar markings:
Chestnut Sabino Foal
Chestnut Sabino Thoroughbred Foal
This lovely china Union Jack is available to purchase from my website here: http://www.kellys-studio.com/china-sales.html
Time payments are available with a non-refundable deposit. He is just waiting on his mouse logo (all UJ china models have my mouse logo on the underneath) and he'll be ready to ship direct from Donna!