|How to commission ironwork
|The commissioning of any piece of art
requires input from the buyer and knowledge of the setting. Ideally,
I will meet with you and see the setting in which the work is to be
placed. For new construction, where the building or outdoor setting
is not yet realized, I can start with the architect's drawings and
consultation with you, the owner, and your design team.
Though less ideal, initial discussion can be based on photos and descriptions
of the setting. After understanding the location and discussing with
you what vision you have for your space and your commission, I will
share with youin the form of quick sketchesideas and thoughts
that the setting suggests to me and get feedback from you. As we work
together my understanding of your tastes and desires will become more
clear and new ideas I offer may help us focus on a solution. I often
do extensive researchprompted by these discussionson such
diverse subjects as historical motifs or local plant types that add
authenticity to the design details.
Once our discussions have reached a certain solidity I will be able
to give you scale renderings of the piece and of the piece in its
setting. At this point I will also suggest ways that color might be
used to tie the commission to its setting. Color can be introduced
in the choice of metals (bronze, copper, brass, steel, etc.) the choice
of patina finishes, or via creative paint finishes. In some cases
most of this work is done with the client's architect or designer.
Throughout the process I will keep in touch with you or your representative
to ensure that both the creation and installation of your piece go
smoothly. Many, many factors go into the pricing of a custom piece
of metal work; however, just to give you an idea of price, railings
and balconies price at a minimum of $750 per running foot.
Please contact me
if you have any questions about commissioning ironwork. Learn
more about the process of creating hand-forged ironwork.