Commissions

Sunset over the Solway
"Sunset over the Solway" Made in 2014 for a customer's new kitchen. It is made with Venetian smalti and gold leaf glass mosaic, ceramic tile and slate. It is 101cm x 75cm. Read about the process with more photos on my blog here

Customers Comments:
I feel so privileged to have this to look at every day. Thank you Kate , it's absolutely stunning, and truly amazing. The whole process was a delight from start to finish, I found you so easy to work with, receptive to my thoughts; gentle in your giving of your own suggestions and completely professional in your approach and realisation of the commission. I can honestly say it has been a life changing experience. The final piece is breathtaking and one I know will give years of pleasure to me, my family and friends. I feel I am only just beginning to get to know this new addition and look forward to seeing it reveal its many facets throughout the following changing seasons and lights. Thank you.
Judith Blake
Creation
"Creation" (aptly named by the customer) was made in 2010 for the customer's office wall. It is made with venetian smalti and gold leaf glass mosaic and framed in a charcoal coloured wood frame. It is 600mm x 600mm.

Customers Comments:
I was a bit apprehensive about commissioning a piece of art work at a distance based only on examples of Kate's work seen on her website, however, the final outcome more than justifies my faith. The delivered piece has exceeded my expectations and has pride of place in my office - I am sure it will be a source for quiet contemplation for years to come -
Barry Williams
This mosaic was commissioned in 2009 by a customer who wanted to give it to her sister and new husband as a wedding present, to symbolize the joining of two paths. It is 300mm x 300mm and made with ceramic, Venetian smalti and gold leaf glass.
Saint Andrew Mosaic
"Saint Andrew Mosaic" was commissioned in 2009 for Wells Cathedral Educational Building by one of the cathedral guides in memory of her husband, an educator and guide at the cathedral. It is approximately 900mm high and made using Venetian smalti and gold leaf glass mosaic.
Ten Phases of the Sun
"Ten Phases of the Sun" was commissioned by the Bilston Gallery, near Wolverhampton, as part of their exhibition "Ten" which celebrated 10 years of opening. It is 10cm x 100cm (each panel being 10cm x 10cm). The exhibition ran from May - September 2009. It is currently in the gallery's collection.

Sensory Kite Mosaic
"Sensory Kite Mosaic" made with Stained glass, mosaic glass (green used upside down for texture), glass nuggets and pebbles in 2004. It is 6 metres long. The mosaic was installed on a curved wall for the James Hopkins Trust sensory garden. The garden was built for severely disabled children. The kite was the Trust's logo. The customer required the materials to be textured so the children could touch it. As an added dimension I worked with Colin Sanders of Environetics who built sensors that were placed between the bows of the kite. Each one makes a different sound when touched or when standing within half a metre away.

If you would like to commission me to make a mosaic for you, this is how it works:

1. Contact me by email to give me an idea of what it is you want (a picture, a mural mosaic, bathroom shower mosaic, patio, garden paving stone or mosaic sculpture, fireplace surround ....etc)
2. Tell me how big you would like the mosaic, and if your require a visit to assess the space. Often a mosaic can be made from my studio and installed when complete.
3. I will give you an approximate price and give you an idea of how long it will take.
4. A contract will be drawn up which gives all details of the commission.
5. I will provide you with several coloured designs/drawings either by email or sent by post or delivered in person (site visits).
6. You will have the opportunity to accept designs, to offer suggestions for alteration, or at this point if you decide to pull out of the commission you are required to pay the design fee.
7. The first part of the fee is then paid before the work begins. (It is split into two or three parts depending on the size of the commission)
8. Work will begin on the commission.
9. I will keep you up to date at any time you like with how the commission is progressing, with photographs sent by email or post.
10. On a large commission, the second part of the fee will be required half way through the work.
11. On completion (installation or delivery) of the work the final part of the payment will be required.

Prices:
It depends how complex the design is but but here is a rough idea of costs:
Mosaic glass and ceramic, and stained glass: from £1,500 a square metre. Smalti, gold leaf and coloured mirror glass: from £2,500 a square metre.
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