Commissioning a sculpture

Posted 5 years ago in General

  • Maya

Commissioning a sculpture can be an exciting but daunting prospect. Whether it is a simple portrait commission or a larger installation, I have a step by step process so that you can feel confident about what you will get, the timescale and the budget.

Every commissioned project is different, different specs, requirements, budgets timescales etc. i like to get things as clear as possible so everyone knows what to expect and when.

How I deliver a new design

I didn't invent the design process but I do follow it with clients. The step by step process covers projects from initial discussion to the delivery of the final piece and ensures the best possible outcome. Clients know what to expect throughout the project.


Here's the 10 steps to design success:


1. Listen. I take on board what you want, what you like, the criteria and the  budget- so after a first meeting I can go away and have some ideas.

2. Discuss.  I bring back my initial thoughts, and we discuss

3. Sketch and basic costing. Once you are happy with the basic concept and I produce initial 2 D design or drawing in a basic form so we are on the same page. At this stage, if it is a large commission I’ll ask for a deposit to make the prototype or model.

4. Prototype or model. By creating a complete, accurate model you can be clear about what you are getting for a large commission, for smaller pieces or portraits etc this stage is unnecessary.

5. Final Quote. After the prototype is agreed, I provide a fixed price to supply you with what you need, and a timeline. Installation can be quoted at this point. The quote will involve staggered payments. The payments usually split into 3, (or 4 if installation is included) beginning, middle and end of the job, but the payment and sign off points are agreed before I start.

6. Create. I sculpt according to an agreed comfortable time line, so there is plenty of time for feedback and sign off.

7. Approval Sign off Before casting or final stages of production there will be a point of sign off so you can feedback about the sculpture. I like to keep clients updated about the progress whenever they wish but sign off’s are a particular point. For example when a clay piece is finished before it goes to casting might be a key time for a sign off. 

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