Commission work is a part of the art that I do all of the time. It is always fun and challenging. It requires a high level of focus because I have the responsibility to fulfill the needs of the client and to maintain my standards for excellence. This Ceramic Vase Lamp Commission required transforming a vintage ceramic vase into a lamp. I turned a walnut base and a sphere shape lid. Thus making this mid century vase a contemporary home decor item.
As with all commission work like Ceramic Vase Lamp Commission the moment of truth is when I deliver the product to the client. Most times everything is perfect. Sometimes adjustments may be required. Not every solution transfers from a concept on paper to the 3D part. There is a give and take between exception, interpretation and function. These things resolve with discussions on what can be done to move the idea to a first article and then the final product. The whole process is rather interesting and it is rewarding to arrive at a place where the customer is very happy.
Here is a commission piece for a family honoring the passing of their dad.
This is a link to some interesting ideas an artist and client should be aware of when working on a commission assignment. I do not follow everyone of these rules. It is worth a read if you are considering working with an artist.
I design and produce all my items in my studio in Montvale, New Jersey, USA. My primary tool is the wood lathe to create the form or the basic shape. Once this is complete the project moves to the workbench for secondary operations to enhance to item. I may spend hours adding texture, color and adding a protective finish. Each piece is unique and a learn something new every time.
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