Although commissioned pieces often take more time than making pieces on speculation, they provide the artist with another perspective or vision.
Kenney says he has to do 2 of everything to make sure that there are no problems with the end product. For instance: a piece could crack during drying and firing, glaze could fall off, a piece may get knocked over and kilns can over fire. There are so many variables to overcome to finish with a specific designed ceramic piece. If the ceramist makes two of everything there always is a backup.
In ceramics there is about a 3 month lead time to finish a piece.
Most people who want commissioned work want the artist to use as much of their own creativity as possible. Customers want a commissioned work to fit in with what they already have or have the finished work fit in a specific spot that they have a hard time finding something to fit. Kenney works with clients to figure out what they want. In most cases the first round of drawings/design consultation is complimentary.
Billing starts on the second round or revision to the initial artist concept. To start fabrication of an approved design Kenney requests half of the total cost upfront and this portion is non-refundable. The remaining balance is due upon delivery of the commissioned art.
The current limits on size of Kenney’s kilns are 32” wide and 32” tall. Photos of a few of the more notable commissions Kenney has completed are portrayed here.