How it Works
3. Settle on a Design
I will work with you to come up with a design for your piece, including color scheme, size, mounting options and price.
4. Time to Sculpt
After you approve the design, I will send you an invoice for 50% of the total cost of the project. Then, I can order your materials and get to work!
5. Approval & Delivery
After your piece is created, I will send you images of the work. Then you can make the final payment and we can arrange shipment, delivery or pick-up.
If you need assistance installing the work in your home, we can arrange that. Bonus points for you if you send me images of the work in its new home!
frequently asked questions about commissions
How do I begin a commission order?
Start by looking at my work for inspiration. Take some photos of the space that you imagine the piece living in, and any photos that have inspired your idea. Email me or give me a call, and we can discuss what is possible. If requested, I will send you sketches of the piece, and/or mock-ups of it in your space.
How much does a commission cost?
The cost of a piece largely depends on the size and how complicated the construction is. If you email me with your idea, I can send you an estimate. As an example, a set of custom antlers (as seen in my online store) are priced at $300. The larger, more complex works seen in my portfolio can range from approximately $2,000 - $10,000. Please note that I enjoy working with clients on commissioned pieces, and do not raise the price dramatically when someone wants a custom piece.
How does payment work?
If sketches are requested, you will need to send a deposit of $200, which will be applied to your final invoice. After the design is agreed upon, you can pay in two installments — a 50% deposit up front to begin your order & the remaining half when your piece is complete. Cash, check, paypal and venmo are accepted.
How long will it take to complete the commission?
This depends on what it is, how big it is, how complicated it is, and what time of year it is. I’ve created pieces as involved as giant glass barrier reefs, to swimming schools of large glass dolphins, to custom antlers and small tusks. I like to have a six to eight week window to compete each piece, but this can vary. If you have a date in mind, let me know!
What about delivery?
Smaller work is typically double-boxed in cardboard boxes and shipped via Fed Ex. Larger work will be crated in wood and shipped by a freight company. If you're within a reasonable driving distance from Richmond, Virginia, I may be able to deliver the work in person. Of course, you can save on shipping fees if you'd like to pick the piece up from my studio yourself.