|Jabezz Arts & Crafts is pleased
to undertake private commissions for interiors and gardens in
both domestic and commercial settings.
We design and create site specific and custom mosaics on
commission, on any scale, from towering murals to small
tabletops. We approach each design as a collaboration, working
closely with the client or design team during every step of the
process. Each piece is absolutely unique and produced using the
finest quality materials and traditional techniques.
Once a design is agreed upon, we begin production on the mosaic.
Most installations are often created in our studio on fiberglass
mesh sections, then installed on-site over a period of a few
days. This process ensures minimal impact on the client's space
whilst allowing the client to preview the work before it is
installed. We take great care to ensure that every project meets
the highest standards of technical quality.
history of mosaic goes back some 4,000 years or more, with the
use of terracotta cones pushed point-first into a background to
By the eighth century BC, pebble pavements were in use, with
different coloured stones being used to create patterns,
although these tended to be unstructured decoration.
It was the Greeks, in the centuries BC, who raised the pebble
technique to an art form, with precise geometric patterns and
detailed scenes of people and animals.
By 200 BC, specially manufactured pieces ("tesserae") were being
used to give extra detail and range of colour to the work. Using
small tesserae, sometimes only a few millimetres in size, meant
that mosaics could imitate paintings. Many of the mosaics
preserved at, for example, Pompeii were the work of Greek
As an ancient art form, Mosaic lends itself to many modern
For the Garden weatherproof art! By incorporating a
mosaic you will introduce colour and interest to your garden all
year round. There are many ways of using mosaics outdoors from
water features, patio inserts, and stand-alone sculptures to
Wall panels - for purely decorative purposes, these can
either be hung or fixed directly to the wall.
Furniture - Mosaic can be incorporated into many
different items from tables and mirror surrounds to benches.
Bathroom or Kitchen - if you are looking for a piece of
art for your bathroom or shower room, a mosaic can provide
colour and charm as a hard-wearing art form. Ideal in situations
where more traditional art forms would suffer damage, mosaics
can be constructed to be water and steam proof.
What do you want - A back-splash for your kitchen or
bath? Looking for an accent wall piece? Need a mirror or a table
GUIDELINES FOR COMMISSIONING WORK
Mosaics are an excellent medium for either indoor or outdoor
settings. They are long lasting and the colours will not fade. A
mosaic will transform an area and its surroundings giving it a
new lease of life and adding interest.
The majority of our work is made to commission.
The inspiration for the work will often come from the brief.
The development of a design will be a dialogue between the
client and myself.
After discussing your individual requirements, we will produce
a selection of designs for you to consider along with estimates
of cost and time.
When a design has been chosen and work has started we will
keep you updated on progress by sending you photos via e-mail.
POINTS TO CONSIDER WHEN COMMISSIONING A MOSAIC
To best to prepare for of our initial consultation, please
provide us with the following information
Is the piece to be wall art or an installation?
Is it for interior or exterior - where the mosaic will be
located (outdoors, indoors, bathroom, wall, floor, etc.)
If an installation, where will it be installed, inside or
outdoors, in a wet area, what kind of surface?
Is it to fit into a specific area? if possible, e-mail a
photograph of the space/location where mosaic is to be
What size? (What is the approximate size of the mosaic work
you wish to commission?) project size (inches, feet, or metric)
and shape (rectangular, circular, etc.)
What level of detail are you looking for?
Design/Themes/Style: What, if any, imagery do you have in mind
(flowers, a portrait, abstract surface enhancement?). What type
of design would you like? (e-mail samples of pictures, or URLs ,
if you have any image references)
Do have any ideas of colours - What colour palette do you have
What is your budget?
Are there specific materials you wish to incorporate? What
materials would you like us to use (stained glass tiles,
porcelain tiles, stone, etc.)
Is there a projected deadline for the mosaic to be completed
Please provide us with a delivery address, so that we can get
an estimated courier / shipping cost.
1. FIRST CONSULTATION
The first consultation with the client is aimed at discussing
design ideas. These can be inspired by an existing work or
something completely new. Our first consultation is free of
charge and we can give you a price range fairly quickly. Usually
this can be accomplished by a phone call/e-mail, based on the
information supplied (size and scope of work).
Location will also be discussed and measurements taken if
o If the mosaic is to complement an existing interior design,
the client may want to supply photographs, paint chips, fabric
samples etc. to help with colour selection and provide us with
some idea of individual taste and style.
o If the mosaic is to be sited in a garden, a site visit might
be helpful or it may be beneficial to supply details of the
existing planting or garden so that the mosaic will fit into
the established setting.
Applicable to all Big Projects: To determine cost, we
charge a non-refundable design fee based on information obtained
during our initial consultation and your understanding of the
o The design fee ranges from R550.00 to R3 500.00.
We will agree on the exact deliverables for that initial fee.
For example: a pre-determined number of original designs,
created by the artist from your specifications for you to select
from, materials samples, to scale prototypes, budget and
time-line, etc. Each commission is unique and we will work
closely with you to ensure you we are working efficiently on
2. DESIGN SUBMISSION AND APPROVAL
A rough sketch design (or several if necessary) will be drafted
and presented to the client together with sample tiles for
discussion. The materials used will be of the highest quality;
some mosaic materials are more suitable for use in certain
environments than others e.g. outside or high traffic areas.
Only materials that are entirely appropriate for the setting are
considered in order to ensure maximum durability and longevity.
Once the design is approved a contract will be submitted and
work will commence on receipt of the client-signed copy and the
3. MOSAIC PRODUCTION
The mosaic is made in the studio and clients are invited to the
studio at the half-way stage if they wish to see view progress.
Alternatively photographs of the work can be sent to the client
should they wish.
4. FINAL INSTALLATION
Wall panels, decorative pieces, small garden mosaics, tables and
stepping stones etc. can be collected from the workshop or can
be delivered free within the Centurion area. In-situ mosaics
such as large murals and patio designs are transported to site
and installed by an experienced team of specialist mosaic
Project installation will be billed per Man-hour at the
determined rate (base is R1 600.00 per day depending on the area
you are in). It is possible that the project may be installed by
a third party profession e.g. professional masonry worker.
It is client's sole responsibility to pay all the applicable
costs and fees related to the installation, including the
installation time, materials, insurance, etc. The cost of
installation will be clearly itemized on the quote.
5. FEE GUIDELINES
Mosaic commissions are priced according to the complexity of the
design, the materials that are to be used as well as technical
considerations for the installation. Prices largely depend on
the specific nature of the commission.
Costs are assessed according to the requirements of each
individual project, depending on materials, size, complexity of
design, and schedule/lead time.
In making this important investment, there are several things to
keep in mind.
Simple small items such as decorative pieces and garden stepping
stones can be made available for as little as R130.00 and small
wall panels from R770.00, with larger projects calculated by
size starting at around R4 500.00 per square metre (m2).
Our custom mosaics typically cost anywhere between R4 500.00
R7 500.00 per square metre (m2), with price being determined by
factors such as size, materials and complexity of design.
Delivery and installation costs are priced separately.
6. PAYMENT TERMS
Projects under R5000.00:
Prior to initiating the project, a 50% deposit is required.
Whilst no written contract is required for projects under R2
000.00, a letter of acceptance / confirmation of the commission
(Signed Quote) with a description of the project, materials, and
fees must be signed.
Projects OVER R2000.00:
A written contract is signed by both parties for all projects
A 35% deposit is required for projects >R5000.00.
Thereafter, payment of the balance is required as follows:
First payment is at the design approval/official order stage
Second payment is at the half-way stage (15%) and
Third payment is on delivery (25%). The final amount payable
will be paid by a client promptly after the completion and/or
installation of the project. For projects, that will be shipped,
full payment must be received prior to shipping. Note: shipping
and packaging costs are not included in the price of the mosaic
and will be billed separately.
There is a nominal design fee for larger value items at the
initial design submission stage which is refundable against
7. GUARANTEES AND WARRANTIES:
All mosaic artwork produced by Jabezz Arts & Crafts is
guaranteed against faulty craftsmanship for 1 year from the date
of sale. This warranty does not cover damages caused by the
client's negligence or negligence of client's patrons, acts of
nature, or natural wear of the mosaic products used.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ASNWERED:
HOW LONG DOES A MOSAIC ART PROJECT TAKE?
Mosaics are a very labour intensive art form, which take time.
Please, plan accordingly. All of our mosaics are made by hand
and with exquisite care, by skilled artisans.
Mosaics take time to make: for example
A small art piece or portrait may take 60 to 90 days from
A large-scale work may take several months.
A 1.5 m2 mosaic will take about 8-12 weeks to complete
following the design approval.
A 12 m2 project may take 8-12 months to complete depending on
the studio's schedule for other projects.
The average time to create, install and frame a piece of our
mosaic artwork measuring 0.5m2 in size is approximately three
weeks from the time we start piecing following design approval.
Note: the time taken will depend largely on our current schedule
and how large and/or detailed the project is.
WILL I NEED TO PROVIDE ARTWORK?
We can either do the artwork for you, or if you already have a
piece of artwork, we can use this design as long as it is free
of copyright restrictions. For most of our projects, we work
back and forth with the client, starting with an initial idea
and working from the sketch to the final accepted art work which
is signed off and used as a pattern for the mosaic.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
The costs are largely dependent on the level of detail and the
type of materials used. We blend high quality glass, ceramics
and other materials into a piece of art that is unique and
long-lasting. Discuss your individual design needs and budget
with us and we will come up with a design that will best meet
HOW WILL THE MOSAIC MURAL OR BACKSPLASH BE INSTALLED?
If the mosaic is small enough, we can usually install on a
base/mesh and ship it to you. You can then use a skilled tiles
to fit the mosaic. If the artwork is a larger mural, we ship the
mural to your site in sections. Coded for installation, with a
detailed schematic for installation. We can either travel to
your site ourselves, or send full instructions for your