The Gang

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LB and LZ soaking up sunshine under a palm tree

It has been a whirlwind since LZ and LB showed up on our doorstep. It took them six weeks to travel from Vigo their birthplace in Spain to us. They left Vigo on November 8 and arrived in Madrid the next day where they had to stay for a while. We didn’t receive any updates until they showed up again in New York on December 10! Both Belén and we at headquarters were all worried when we didn’t hear from the little ones for four long weeks. We are still trying to get the gist of it but may never completely know what happened. At some point, there was even talk about LZ and LB being kidnapped. Luckily that was not the case. Customs did hold on to them a bit longer than what was needed but we can’t blame them because the little guy and girl are just too cute for their own good. The travel from New York to Florida took them another 11 days. They took this opportunity to sightsee. It was a bit chilly up north so it was a good thing that Belén had packed warm blankets in the suitcases. Now the little ones are soaking up the sun rays in Florida. LB and LZ have had their eyes on Benji’s agility equipment since the first second they stepped paw in the house. We had to tell them that that has to wait until everyone is well rested and full of new energy.

Our motto: play, rest, play into eternity

The ZAB team

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Home For Christmas!

IMG_5542b.JPGLook who made it to our doorstep! We are so happy Little Ms. Zulu and Little Benji (LZ and LB) made it home just in time before Christmas! After traveling for almost six weeks from Spain, the little ones are a bit tired but unharmed and full of joy. Thank you Belén Soto for making it happen and ensuring that the pooches were safe throughout their travels.  As you can imagine we are quite busy catching up on their travel stories so this is all for now. We will soon bring you more news and photos of the whole gang. Let the fun begin!

The ZAB team 

Homecoming

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Dear friends and fur-iends, we have more exciting news from headquarters!  We are in the process of bringing Little Benji (LB) and Little Ms. Zulu (LZ) home. You can see them enjoying Vigo’s view in the photo Belén took a couple of days ago. Don’t they look alive?! We can’t wait to meet them in person and show them our neck of the woods.

And you know what; you can take one (or more) of the little guys home as well! Belén said she will offer a special price to Life of Benji readers. Of course, you can also ask Belén if she can make you a sculpture of your own furry kid. Belén sells other ceramics too that would make a nice Christmas present for your special one. She can ship items with a tracking code and insurance to most countries. Isn’t that nice or what?! To shop around the clock right in time for Christmas click on this link: Ceramica Belen Soto.

The ZAB team

Benji

Look who is here; it’s Mr. B! He looks so real and isn’t he adorable?! Check out Belén’s website below to see more photos of the sculpture. 

Benji Las piezas han pasado de nuevo por el horno y el fuego ha realizado su alquimia, los esmaltes, ahora ya vitrificados, crean una fina y suave capa que cubre toda la pieza. En esta ocasión Benji, nuestro modelo favorito, ha escogido su habitual abrigo atigrado, su camisa mas blanca y una […]

via Benji, segundo fuego — Arcilla y fuego

Ms. Zulu

Belén finished the sculptures! Here is Ms. Zulu in her beautiful outfit adorned with a flower. Isn’t she gorgeous?! Click the link below to see all photos.   

Ms. Zulu Los esmaltes nos permiten experimentar con colores y texturas, cambiando ligeramente la proporción de los componentes (óxidos, minerales …) pero también variando la temperatura o las condiciones de la cocción. Ms. Zulu posa con su amplio y calentito abrigo negro, discreción y elegancia unidos, combinado con unos calcetines blancos y una rosa amarilla […]

via Ms. Zulu, segundo fuego — Arcilla y fuego

A New Phase

Look at this; Belén Soto has been working overtime. The figurines have landed in the decorative phase! 

Esmaltes cerámicos Tras un primer fuego en el horno, proceso al que llamamos bizcochado, Benji y Ms. Zulu han pasado a la fase de decoración con esmaltes cerámicos. Los esmaltes son mezclas de minerales y óxidos molidos muy finamente a los que añadimos agua para su aplicación, el aspecto actual no se corresponde con los […]

via Esmaltes cerámicos — Arcilla y fuego

Twelve and more!

Lots has happened these past few weeks, so it’s time for an update. Our CCI visitor is gone with the wind again, more on that subject later. We also celebrated Ms. Zulu’s 12th birthday. That’s a lot of years! We don’t know her exact birthday as she, just like me, was adopted from the shelter but we celebrate it around the middle of August. And guess what we found in our mailbox yesterday: an email from Belén Soto with photos of the clay figurines of Ms. Zulu and me that she is working on.

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Photo credits: © Belén Soto 2017

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The first draft

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Ms. Zulu

This is based on the modeling work Ms. Zulu and I did last year. Belén said that she will show more photos on her website Arcilla Fuego soon. We are really excited about it and just couldn’t wait any longer to show you so we asked Belén for permission. Aren’t the figurines gorgeous?! You can see that Ms. Zulu and I are waiting for treats. On that note let’s walk to our doggie pantry to see if we can get some yummies in our real tummies.

 

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