The Sculptural Commission Process
Firstly we would discuss the design over the phone, via email or in person, whether it is something you have already in place or a one off design conception that you may only have a rough idea of.
I then do a basic draft drawing and give you an approximate estimate of cost.
Once the design has been initially agreed upon, a deposit for the piece is taken. This amount depends on the total final price, payment plans can be arranged.
We then move forward to a more detailed sketch and/or a clay model. At any point during this process, if you’d like to, you are welcome to come and see me working so that you can have a three- dimensional influence on the piece as it evolves. Either way, you can expect regular pictures and contact via phone and email to keep you in touch with the process. Depending on the size of the piece and workloads, this modelling and/or drawing process can take some time.
Once the final model or drawing is agreed we then order the stone, if we don’t already have it in stock at our workshop. Generally most stone, except for semi-precious stones or extremely rare stones, will take around six weeks to be delivered to us.
Upon delivery, the carving element can begin. This is my passion. Hand carving in stone using traditional methods and tools is not a quick medium. Larger pieces can take several months to complete so please bear that in mind if commissioning a gift or needing the finished piece for a specific date. Once again, during this time you are welcome to visit and see the carving being worked and, of course, you will continue to receive regular photo updates and communication.
On completion of the piece, the final payment is taken and delivery arranged.
Delivery for the larger pieces can be costly as heavy lifting machinery is required. Delivery, however, can be arranged to pretty much anywhere worldwide.
To discuss a commission and realise your dream in stone please contact me.
I very much look forward to hearing from you.