‘Many many years ago I commissioned you to do a little replica of my parents-in-law’s house. The result was exquisite and to this day it remains one of my mother-in-law’s most favourite possessions.’ (Louisa)
How commissioning works
1 To find out the cost of your project, send us a photo, either by email or by post (a snap will do at this stage); Liz will work out the cost of making it and we will give you a free quote. Although many different kinds of buildings work well, not all are suitable, so we’ll let you know at this stage if it can be done, and if so, roughly how long it would take. Prices start at £300 for a relatively straightforward subject; the cost is calculated on the time it will take to make and the complexity of the facade.
2 If you’d like to proceed, you can then confirm and send more photos. In general Liz needs a clear head-on view of the facade, with details of everything special, including chimneys, windows, brickwork, front door, foliage, and any feature you’d like included – the more detail, the better. At this stage we’ll discuss and agree the size, inscription, timescale and any other particularities of the commission.
3 You can pay either an advance (half on commissioning and half on completion) or the full amount at this stage, by cheque or BACS transfer. Liz can then start work on your commission and we will keep you in touch with its progress throughout the making process.
The architectural portrait signed by the artist, an inscription on the back if you wish, an integral hanger, and all packaging are included in the quote. Delivery is extra unless you choose to collect from Potters’ Yard, our studio in North London; we charge delivery at cost by Royal Mail Guaranteed Delivery, fully tracked and insured. In the UK this is usually £8.55 (or £11 for larger/heavier commissions) at current rates; please ask for overseas prices.
Please allow plenty of time: it takes a minimum of six weeks to evaluate, design and draw, hand-build, dry, decorate, fire, glaze, glaze-fire and inscribe the piece – the clay can’t be hurried! As these portraits are individually handmade by one artist, we often have a waiting list; we will always try to fit commissions in for a special occasion, but if you have an important date, it’s best to reserve as far in advance as possible. We will always give you an estimated time of completion with the quote, and agree it on commissioning.
You’re welcome to make an initial enquiry about any architectural portrait through the contact page.
‘I know that my husband would absolutely love a memento of the house… as would I… and I also know how clever you are at capturing the character of buildings. I also know that if anyone can capture the magic of our house it is you.’ (Louisa)