Commissioning a piece moves along in stages, to ensure that you will be happy with the work. The first step is to view my website to get an idea of the skills I have to bring to your project. I can design and make almost anything you can imagine. If you find this encouraging, the next step is typically a meeting at my studio to discuss what you would like me to do for you. I can work from a specific design you have, create a companion piece in the style of something you already have, or design a piece uniquely yours. This meeting is about my discovering as much as possible about what you like, as well as what you want. Any thing that you like that you can show me at this first meeting is helpful. I also have examples of work other than my own to see what you respond to. It is at this time that we will discuss the budget you would like me to work with, as this is critical to the direction of the design phase, which comes next.
The design process also moves in stages, beginning with some simple sketches to see if you like my initial direction. This stage of the project is paid for on an hourly basis with an initial payment, based on the scope of the project, for the preliminary drawings. We proceed from sketches to developed drawings as we reach an understanding of what you are looking for. With projects that are especially sculptural, we may need to have a three dimensional model to see what the piece will look like. This sofa is an example of a piece that was large and complicated enough to warrant a model.
Once the design is agreed upon I can, in most cases, give you a fixed price and completion time for the project. If we are in accord, I ask for one half of the cost of the piece to begin work, with the remainder due on delivery. During the construction phase you will get updates on the progress, including email images, every two weeks. With clear goals and communication, commissioned work can be an exciting, collaborative adventure in the creation of something new and beautiful.
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