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About Mosaic Commissions
Mosaic art is an enduring art form. It is not only one of the oldest forms of art, but also because of the sturdy materials used mosaics will remain intact anywhere from decades to millennia depending upon crafting, upkeep and location. Creating these beautiful artworks takes great care and attention to detail. Because of the time and expensive materials involved, the cost can range between $250 to over $1000 per square foot. I can always offer options within a reasonable budget, but I know it's helpful for clients to know upfront what variables affect the cost.
Main Mosaic Cost Variables:
- Size: Not a surprise, right? Bigger mosaics generally cost more.
- Type of glass or other material used: This can vary from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars per square foot.
- Complexity of design: Sometimes a design that seems simple can be difficult to fit organically into the mosaic medium, but sometimes a design that seems complicated can actually take less time because there is an easy way for the pieces to flow.
- Type of project: Some adhesives or types of glass are more difficult to work with so a product that has to be waterproof, have beveled edges, a 3-D or sculptural mosaic or an outdoor mosaic can take more time.
- Time: Basically rush orders cost more... but I can't work miracles. Mosaics take time. But I can work with you to complete your project within the shortest possible time frame.
You can fill out the form on my contact page, email me, or call me at 310.500.8757 to discuss your project. I can usually come up with a very general price range quickly so that we can find out if our budgets work together.
I charge a $500 design fee per week (up to 10 sketches). I will let you know if I have another deadline or personal obligations that will interfere with me being consistently available for the design process for that week and extend time for your design accordingly. If we're close to a completed design by the end of a week or 10 sketches, I'm not going to charge additional. As long as I know from one sketch to the next which direction we are headed in, we will arrive at an amazing design within the initial design fee.
For the design process, communicating through Dropbox is really helpful. This way I can put several ideas in with notes and then we can talk on the phone to find out what elements you like or dislike.
Usually my clients don't need physical glass samples, but if you would like them I can send them at cost. You can either ask for just samples of the glass type to see and feel or if you're concerned about a particular color, you can ask for that color. Generally I work organically with a palette of glass, so some of my choices are made during the construction process, but every project is different and if specific colors or glass types are necessary. I'm happy to accommodate.
We will be discussing costs throughout the design process, so usually as soon as you sign off on the design I will be ready to send an invoice for the first payment. It is broken up into 2-4 payments depending mostly upon project size, length of time to complete the project, and/or the material expense. If I only mention total project cost during the design process and the payment structure during the design process is important to you, please ask me to break that down for you also.
I make a Dropbox folder and share access so you can see updated photos of the progress (usually we'll set this up during the design phase). If it's a straight forward project on a short deadline I may just email photos.
The best part about mosaics is they can be shipped anywhere in the world. Even huge ones. I can work with your interior designer, contractor or architect to make sure your art will fit beautifully into its environment. Usually they can be shipped with instructions and installed onsite by your contractor, builder, etc., but as an alternative I can come for the installation or come to grout it after it's been installed, though many types of work can be shipped already grouted and just need touchups on seams after installation.
I generally use FedEx with full insurance coverage and they take great care with their packages. Unless previously arrangements have been made, shipping costs are not included in the mosaic fee.