COMMISSIONS

BOOKING A COMMISSION 
Simply eMail potbellybears@gmail.com to start the conversation about your custom Potbelly Bear! As we talk, I'll take notes on your aesthetic preferences and provide an estimated date of completion. Please be patient and flexible because good art takes time, and an inspired heart and mind.

EVERY BEAR, ONE OF A KIND
I'd be happy to create a piece that resembles a previous Potbelly Bear. I won't reproduce previous works exactly, though, out of respect for collectors who purchased them as one-of-a-kind for life.

Commissioned bear HARRY
PRICING
Pricing for commissioned work is as follows:
  • Potbelly Bears: $550 (+ USPS Priority Mail (trackable) shipping & full coverage insurance) 
  • Old Timers: $450 (+ USPS Priority Mail (trackable) shipping & full coverage insurance) 
These prices cover the materials and labor necessary to create one (1) designed-to-sit mohair or alpaca bear of approximately 12" - 16" in height, jointed at neck and limbs, with four pawpads, sewn-in tushtags, and wearing a simple accessory (e.g. bow, ruff)  at neck or head. A signed and dated Certificate of Authenticity is also included.

OPTIONS & EXTRAS
Elaborate accessories (tiaras, floral wreaths, clothing); special features (wings, pulled toes); or unusual fabrics and finishes may be possible to negotiate as part of your commission. These options will require an additional nonrefundable fee (payable before work begins) to cover special materials and additional labor.

DEPOSIT
A non-refundable $275 deposit is required to begin your custom piece. This covers just a fraction of the materials and labor that will go into the making of your special bear. I'll invoice you for this deposit via PayPal; you may pay with either PayPal or Square.

FINAL PAYMENT
When your bear is finished, photos will be eMailed for your review. If you like what I've made for you, please:
  • Confirm your approval and intent to purchase within 24 hours*
  • Pay the $275 balance due within seven (7) days**
Your final invoice will include shipping and insurance costs, and your bear will ship within 24 hours of payment in full (weekends and holidays excluded.) 

*If your intent to purchase is not confirmed within 24 hours of receiving photos, I'll consider your piece declined.
**If the balance due is not received within 7 days of receiving photos, I'll consider your piece declined.


Commissioned bear JOSH
DECLINING TO PURCHASE
If you're unable to submit final payment, or your custom bear disappoints -- I understand! While your bear was created to your unique specifications, you are not obligated to buy the finished commissioned bear and may decline to purchase. Your non-refundable $275 deposit, which covered materials and labor costs already spent on your piece, will be retained. I appreciate your understanding that time spent working on your custom piece has a cost, and that expenses incurred on your behalf require payment whether you ultimately purchase the bear or not.

RETURN POLICY
Commissioned works require meticulous attention to the specific aesthetic preferences of each individual customer. I special order materials, and divert time away from other pieces needing my attention, to complete these unique custom works. As a result, these time-intensive works are not returnable.

Commissioned bear NICOLE