At present I have 4 dogs. One Labrador, one Aussie, and two Irish Jacks. One of the Jacks belongs to my youngest son but she stays with us during the week. The dogs have a huge influence on all aspects of my life. I named my pottery business Naughty Dog Pottery as it seems someone here is always being naughty, including me.
I am forever finding someone's hair in the reclaim bucket, including my own, and my dogs are the very best company. For the most part they seem to have grown out of the stage where I have to nail everything down or put it up out of reach, well except for the Aussie and he is well, an Aussie. We have matching attention spans.
I have to keep reminding myself, no more puppies. The dogs move around the shop and in and out of the house when the weather is good, always keeping me company. I love my dogs.
If you aren't invested in this person on some level, just say no. If for some reason you feel compelled to help this person I would charge them a flat rate of $100 for the firing. I would then write up a contract stating that he/she is responsible for any damage done to your kiln in the process of firing their piece up to, and including, the cost of replacing the kiln. Have them sign it and fire only their piece in the kiln.
I chose a very easy name that I can remember: Paul's Pottery. I was initially trying to think about how I could add my fledgling ceramics business to the name of my current business which is Weights & Skates. I'm a Personal Trainer and Inline Skating instructor and that always had a ring to it. When I became a Pilates (pronounced pa-la-tees) Teacher I almost changed it to Weights, Skates & Pilates but that doesn't really rhyme even though it looks like it does. For a very short time I considered Weights, Skates & Glazes but it didn't feel just right so I settled with Paul's Pottery.
My personal trainer refers to what she trains me on as aerobic pilates so I think you could call your business Weights, Skates, & Butt Busting!!
I was this with a gallery owner and she strongly encouraged me to continue to sign my work. She said her clients felt signed work (not stamped with a logo etc) with a legible name was more valuable and more of a keepsake. She said it also enables them to come back and ask for more of my work, so as much as I like the ease of stamping a board of mugs, now I take the time to sign as much as I can. I am definitely going to look into the iron oxide pen idea.