Commissioning Art Work
TO COMMISSION FURNITURE: A
you commission a piece of furniture, you are entering into a partnership with
the artist. You are the catalyst
that initiates a chain of events resulting in the creation of a unique work.
present the furniture maker with a problem to solve, or a set of parameters to
work within. Typical considerations
include function, size, type of wood, color, or a mood or tone that you want to
create. The finished piece can
reflect something of your own personality as well as the creative vision of the
order to integrate successfully your needs with the furniture maker's artistic
goals, it is important to search for common ground. If you have seen some of the artist's work that you like, the
chances are good that you share some common interests, or sensibilities.
is it about the work that appeals to you? What
are some of your likes and dislikes? What other objects are you comfortable with, or excited by?
your input into the process is vital, the artist needs to have as much latitude
as possible in the creation of the work.
you discuss the potential piece, it is possible that your interests may not be
compatible. If this turns out to be
the case, do not be discouraged. There
are other artists who may be perfect for the job.
However, it is probable that you will find that common ground and can
proceed with designing the piece.
artist works a little differently. The
presentation I make is usually in the form of a scale drawing or drawings, but
sometimes it will be a model or photograph of a model.
For this work I charge a design fee.
This fee, which varies according to the complexity and size of the job,
pays for a portion of the time I spend on the design.
To me, it represents a certain amount of commitment to the project.
I have completed the design, I will be able to give you a realistic estimate of
the cost of the piece and project a delivery date.
the customer is pleased with the design and satisfied with the price, we can
proceed to the best part: the
realization of a unique and personal piece of furniture.
It is even possible that along the way the customer will become hooked on
the notion of commissioning art. I
have seen it happen.
Maker and Sculptor
Some Examples of Drawings and Finished Works
$100.00 to $800.00 occasionally higher on more complex pieces.
A deposit of one third of the total cost of the piece is due at the
time of the order, one third when work is actually started, and the final
third is due upon completion. All sales in Alabama are subject to 8% sales tax.
I ship by a variety of means including van lines, motor freight,
and occasionally UPS on smaller works - whichever is the most convenient
and economical. If shipment
is via motor freight, crating is required at a typical charge of
$100-$300. Shipments are made
freight-collect unless other arrangements have been made.
published in "The Guild: A
Sourcebook of American Craft Artists," 1987, Kraus Sikes, Inc. This version
Copyright 2002: Craig Nutt.