Frequently Asked Questions

    Shipping & Returns

    Most of the sculpture you see in my shop is ready to ship within 2 business days. Sometimes a design sells out before I can create more. When that happens, you can request to be notified when it's back in stock and ready to ship. You can read more details about shipping here.

    I want you to be thrilled, delighted, tickled pink, and over the moon about your new sculpture! If you're not satisfied with your purchase, please contact me within 14 days of receipt to initiate a return or exchange. (And if you do love your artwork, please give your sculpture a five-star review!)

    To return your order, please mail your sculpture, fully insured for its original value, to: Small Company Artworks, 3142 Jolley Drive, Burbank, California  91504. Return shipping costs are non-refundable.

    Yes, I frequently ship my sculptures to gift-getters around the world. Simply add your gift recipient's address in the Shipping information, and leave me a note in your order if you'd like me to include a handwritten message with the package. You can also order a greeting card to match your sentiments and request gift wrap to make your package extra-special.

    Materials & Care

    I sculpt each model from a variety of clays, from terra cotta to polymer, or whatever materials work best for each design. I cast the final sculptures that come to you from HydroStone, a very hard, dense gypsum cement that feels wonderful in the hand and has excellent durability. The cast sculptures are then finished with artists' paints and waxes, plus a satin varnish to give many years of joy. You can read more about cast stone here.

    Your sculpture is designed to be handled and examined closely, and only needs occasional attention from a feather duster. Avoid household cleaners and extended UV exposure, heat, or submersion. For indoor display.

    Cast stone can tolerate occasional dampness, but extended exposure to the elements will affect the finish. I don't recommend outdoor display if you'd like to keep your sculpture in its best condition for many years to come.

    About the sculpture

    I sculpt each master design over the course of days or weeks, until I feel satisfied that it expresses the mood and message of celebrating love. Sometimes I'll change a sculpture dozens of time to capture exactly the right breath of time: the position of a hand, the tilt of a head, or how two figures lean together.

    On rare occasions the sculpture comes together almost magically - but usually sculpting is more like a rich conversation with the clay, with ample back and forth. Yes, the "rich conversation" sometimes includes a teensy bit of cursing.

    All my sculpture comes to you from my own hands in my art studio in Los Angeles, California.  I personally design, sculpt, mold, cast, paint, wax, buff, varnish, package, and ship every sculpture, so your order gets the best personal attention.

    Nothing compares to cast stone for utter delightfulness. The stone feels surprisingly cool when handled, and then warms gently on contact. The surface invites you to touch it, feel the contours, and enjoy the velvety texture. Each piece also has a delicious weight and density, and durability to last many years. You can read more about why I love cast stone on my blog.

    "Last call" sculptures are the very last of their kind. I've had to retire the mold for that design, and won't be making any more when the current stock is gone.

    Custom Designs

    Yes, I do create custom, one-of-a-kind sculpture on a limited basis. I've designed special anniversary gifts like this onepet memorials like this one, wedding presents, and unique wedding cake toppers, and even some sculpture of dead Greek kings.

    Every piece has been meaningful and special to develop. Because the process requires several weeks and close collaboration with the collector, I can accept only a few commissions each year. Contact me to inquire about my current schedule for one-of-a-kind and private edition artwork.

    You know I'm going to say this: it depends. How complex is your design? How big is it? What custom details are you looking for? Do you have a clear design in mind, or would you like to collaborate with me to invent one?

    I've completed most custom designs within 8 weeks after the collectors contacted me. Some have taken a little longer, while others have been much faster. Sometimes I can rush certain elements of the process. Plan on at least 4 weeks from your request until I ship your sculpture.