Not all artists are fond of commission art. I happen to like the challenge of creating a new, one-of-a-kind piece and have learned through experience that continual communication usually makes the outcome a success. I want to make sure my adaptation of the client’s vision will meet and hopefully exceed their expectation.
Usually, when I’m asked to make a special order, the person is familiar with my creations and style of clay art. I like to send photos of previous pieces I’ve made along with color choices to help reinforce the words I use to describe new visions. Sometimes I’ll prepare a rough sketch to show my interpretation. Ultimately, it’s a matter of trust. The purchaser must believe I can create a ClayByLaura item to their satisfaction and I must rely on my clay experience to produce a piece that meets their approval. I've found good communication and frequent status report updates helps smooth this process. It's up to me to relay the nuances of clay and my ability to manipulate it into a final product. When I am successful at this, the results are usually good.
My feelings range from panic to euphoria when I finally share my creation with the new owner. By the time the design is set in clay, I’ve spent abundant time thinking about, planning and executing the project. And when the stars align, and the piece is welcomed with joy, well, there‘s no better ego boost!
Here are more detailed photos of this commission project.