Commissions are a joy! We love the creativity that unfolds when working with our clients.
Include what you think is important for us to know in addition to factors like
- mosaic or stained glass
- indoor vs. outdoor use
- when you need it by and
- what part of the world you live in.
Or if you just know you want to commission something, just not what, let us know. We are glad to help your vision unfold in conversation with us.
After clarifying any questions, we will send you a quote for the project or for a design fee if it’s necessary.
If you approve the quote, we will send an invoice for the amount due, payable by credit card through PayPal or by check.
We work out of a one-bedroom-two-studio-rowhouse in Lansdale, PA, just north of Philadelphia.
PO Box 675
Lansdale, PA 19446
For commissions we use Paypal invoices sent by email for which you can use a credit card, but also welcome checks.
- Within the United States we use Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation.
- If you need something expedited, let us know, and we will send you a quote.
- In cases of very large or heavy commissions, we use a professional shipping company.
- Outside the US we use International First Class.
- We take utmost care in packaging your Nutmeg Designs mosaic or stained glass in order for it to reach you safely. We’ve successfully sent work across the country, had it survive being thrown over a garden gate, and even sent work overseas.
We are estimating 6-8 weeks. Please inquire if you need something by a particular date.
Once we receive payment, we put you on the whiteboard in our studio.
Because we have free-range studios, every piece turns out differently.
We are glad to do a piece in the style of something we have already created, but each has its own imprint of individuality.
We are a Dynamic Duo, but we each have our own body of work as well.
If you’ve seen photos of our work, you may know you want
- Margaret Almon Mosaic with the intricate tiny pieces, and many levels
- Wayne Stratz Mosaic with the bigger curving pieces and a smooth surface
- Wayne Stratz Stained Glass creation
- Margaret and Wayne collaborative piece such as a House Number, Word or artwork.
- Or you can just tell us what you envision and we’ll go with it.
Read more in Wayne’s blog post The Two Sides of Nutmeg Designs
All house numbers are made for outdoor use.
If you want to display something outdoors, other than house numbers, please let us know before you order. We can use either slate or WEDI board, waterproof glue, and we seal the grout for stain resistance.
Yes! We love meeting our fans and collectors at the 10 or so shows we do each year. Our radius is about 1-2 hours from our home in southeastern PA. Check our Nutmeg Designs Schedule for current dates.
- We use glass as our main material. Some pieces have multiple levels, and anything sticking up higher than the rest is more vulnerable to being dislodged. The edges on Margaret’s mosaics are fairly smooth by the time a mosaic is grouted, but be aware, as with anything bumpy, that they may catch on things. Wayne’s mosaics are usually a delightfully smooth surface, because of his mad stained glass grinder skills.
- Trivets: Glass is heat hardy, but please be gentle with the wooden frame. Do not submerse in water. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
- House Numbers: These are made with water resistant glue, on slate, and the grout is sealed for stain resistance so you can use them outdoors. Of course, all mosaics are happier when sheltered and securely fastened. We strongly recommend that you affix slate numbers using masonry screws through the pre-drilled holes, tightening gently so as not to crack the slate. We can provide a leather strap, but wind is capricious.You can also take the plaque to a framer and then hang with a chain, in which case, if ordering by Etsy, request in the comments field that we leave out the holes, or send us an email.
- Mosaic Mandalas & Panels: Unless specifically commissioned for the outdoors, these are made to be used indoors, or sheltered on a porch. Swipe with a feather duster on occasion.
- Stained glass: Clean with glass cleaner. We recommend hanging from a hook rather than using suction cups, which can be unreliable. If you do opt for suction cups, check the seal regularly.
Although we’d love to have time to teach classes, we haven’t found a way to add more hours to the day!
Here are some places to find classes:
- Workshop Directory via Society of American Mosaic Artists (mostly US)
- Mosaic Artists Yahoo Group (join the group and then look in Links for Classes and Workshops)
- Mosaic Art Classes Directory via Wits End Mosaic
- New England Classes
- Mosaic Instruction Resource Page via Mosaic Art Supply
- Artists in Stained Glass Class Directory
- Glass Classes in Canada via Fusion Glassblowing
- Schools and Programs with Glass Education via Glass Art Society
- International Art Glass Business Directory: Glass Education
Repairing stained glass is a true art form, best left to those who specialize in it.
- Accredited Members of the Stained Glass Association of America
- The Preservation and. Repair of Historic Stained and Leaded Glass. Preservation Brief from the National Park Service