COMMISSION A UNIQUE WORK OF ART

When you commission a work of art at the Metal Museum you are making an investment for the future, while also supporting the Museum’s programs and helping train the next generation of master metalsmiths. 
A female blacksmith rests her hand on a large forged and fabricated archway in the Metal Museum's Blacksmith Shop.

ABOUT THE METALS STUDIO


The Metal Museum's Blacksmith Shop and Foundry are available for custom commission work of all kinds. From fine artwork to ornamental gates, the Metal Museum is capable of making your vision come to life. When you commission a project by our artists, you'll receive one-on-one consulting, professional design services, and flawless craftsmanship. We guarantee you'll walk away with something handmade that will last a lifetime and beyond. Take a look at the work we've done and see first-hand what our artists can do for you.

COMMISSIONS MAY INCLUDE

  • fireplace screens

  • custom fire pits

  • andirons

  • gates and fences

  • original sculptures, freestanding or wall mounted

  • archways

  • railings

  • mounts and custom hardware

  • antique hardware reproductions

  • custom awards

  • custom plaques

  • corporate gifts

  • floor grilles

  • window grilles

  • doors and door handles

  • tables and desks

  • benches

  • bike racks

  • trellises

  • metal signage


At this time, the Metals Studio does not offer custom jewelry.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

COMMISSION PROCESS

Every Metal Museum project begins with a client meeting. During this meeting, our experienced shop staff will discuss your idea and possible directions for the design. You should expect to talk about your desired completion date and budget range. Please bring installation site images, architectural inspiration, or any rough sketches that might be useful in conveying your idea. We will provide small thumbnail sketches during this initial meeting for your approval. Once a sketch has been approved, the design phase can begin.

Because of the time required to make accurate drawings, renderings, and layouts for a finished piece, commissions are subject to a non-refundable Design Fee. If the project is simple, the Design Fee is usually $300-600. Larger, more complicated projects will be subject to a Design Fee of 10% of the total project budget. If the project requires, the shop may complete to-scale 3D renderings. Renderings are billed at $85/hr. Smaller projects may take 10 hours, while larger projects may take 50-75 hours.

Once the design has been finalized and approved, you will receive a quote for the total cost of the project. When the quote has been approved, a deposit for 50% of the project quote is required before production can begin. The full balance is due after completion of the project.

Please note that turn time for projects varies. Larger projects may require up to 12 months for completion.

TESTIMONIAL

 

"Just wanted to drop you a line and tell you how awesome the WHBQ wall looks! You guys did a killer job on it [and] it looks like a MILLION BUCKS. Thank you so much for bringing it to life and there's no way on earth we could have done it without your creativity and hard work."

– CURRY WEBER, RECORDING ENGINEER AT SUN STUDIO

Johnson City
Johnson City

Railing

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St. Mark's Episcopal Church
St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Candle Stand

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Gaston Community Center
Gaston Community Center

Art tiles for a 3-part mural

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Memphis Downtown Commission
Memphis Downtown Commission

Flowers Sculpture

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Colonial Middle School
Colonial Middle School

Railing

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Memphis Botanic Garden
Memphis Botanic Garden

Sculptural Handrail

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WHO WE'VE WORKED WITH

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