How much will it cost?
Talking about the cost of a commission is never easy and I know that a lot of potential clients are put off approaching an artist because they are worried that they will feel embarrassed if the cost is significantly over their budget. But please don’t let that put you off asking. Commissions involve negotiation and there are often a number of options available.
As a rule, bespoke commissions start at £500. This takes into account the design and consultation time as well as the cost of actually making the piece. If you want something that I already make regularly, just with some adaptations to fit into your space, the cost will probably be lower. Prices are very dependent on the design and amount of work involved. Every commission is different and as a result, prices vary quite a lot. All my prices reflect the amount of time it will take to make the work, cost of materials and processes, and my experience and expertise.
I can give you an idea based on what I have charged for previous work. It can help if you have an idea of your budget so that I can design within that amount.
What is involved in commissioning work from you?
There are a number of stages in commissioning a piece of work.
- Initial contact. You can contact me by all the usual methods. I will discuss the idea you have and ask questions to help me get a clear idea of your requirements. I might suggest coming to see where the work will be sited or ask for photographs.
- Initial Ideas. I will draw some rough sketches with different options and prices. This allows you to make sure that we are on the same page and for you to see what is possible for what you want to pay.
- Final Design. Once I have a good idea of what you want, I will create a final design. Depending on the situation, there might be a fee payable for this. Designing takes a considerable amount of time and I can’t afford to do it for free if I have no guarantee of securing the commission. If you are happy with the design and quote, a 50% deposit will be required before work starts.
- I will keep you up to date with progress with regular photos. You are also welcome to arrange to visit the forge at any time. I will always send photos before I do the final painting or galvanising stage as changes are much more difficult and costly after this. I will be able to make small changes during making but big changes will incur extra charges to cover time.
- Once the work is finished, you will have a choice of collecting it or I will deliver and install at additional costs. This will be discussed before work starts. Payment will be due on collection or delivery.
How long will it take?
All my work is handcrafted, so it isn’t a quick process. For most projects, I estimate 6-8 weeks from receipt of a deposit to completion, but I will discuss this during the design process.
If you have a specific deadline, for example a wedding, then I’d advise allowing at least 3 months as the design process can take longer than expected.
Can we visit you?
Although I am generally closed to the public, you can arrange an appointment to come to the forge and see your commission as it progresses.
I also hold demonstration days a few times each year. You can find these dates on my Events page or by joining my Club
What’s the best way to Contact you?
I can be contacted through the usual channels. I prefer email if possible. If you phone, please be aware that I often don’t hear the phone while working, so please leave a message or send a text/email. And be patient. There is only one of me and it can take time to get through all the correspondence. I will get back to you. If I don’t reply within a week, please give me a gentle nudge….
Commissions should be collaborative projects. I want to ensure that you love the work I create for you and that it makes you smile when you see it.
Don’t feel that you need a polished idea-in fact it’s great when you are open to suggestions. A vague idea is enough for a starting point. I’ll consider your tastes, existing art, your passions and preferences. The design process can take some time as I want to get to know you, in order to tell your story with my design.
I don’t recreate other people’s designs but can be inspired by things that you’ve seen and loved, so share your ideas freely.
Copyright of the design belongs to me unless you have paid a fee to own the design and produce it yourself. As I said, design takes time, and I can’t afford to spend hours working only for the design to be given to another person to make.
I rarely copy a commission that I have made previously. I might reproduce elements of a design, but the final piece will be unique.
Sadly, steel rusts! There are various finishing methods that will reduce the risk but, however good these processes are, there will usually be some maintenance required. I will always discuss these options with you and advise on the pros and cons of each one.
What if I don’t like it?
Happily, this has never happened so far! This is why I spend so much time on the design stage and do everything possible to make sure you see the commission at various stages of the process. I want you to love your commission, so please let me know if you’re not sure about something or feel it’s not heading in the direction you want.
Any more questions?
If you have any more questions contact me and I will be happy to help.
Every Story starts with a Conversation
so why not get in touch to see how I can help you tell yours?