Mary's Maiolica Arts

Special Commissions

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Types of Commissions

I create many types of special commissions. I create personalized wedding commemoratives. I also create custom serving pieces, tiles and beads. I can also create special pieces for historical reenactors.

Personalized Wedding Commemoratives

I offer a personalized wedding keepsake box. My standard design features a hand painted maiolica tile in traditional blue and white shading. The couples names are wedding date are painted on flowing banners above and below a pair of clasping hands. The tile is set into a rosewood keepsake box (with or without lock). A trivet frame version is also available.

The design is based upon Italian Renaissance traditions of the 15th and 16th centuries when noble families would commission special ceramic pieces to commemorate weddings.  Historical wedding commissions typically featured holding hands.

Keepsake box is $100 plus shipping. Texas residents should add 8.25 % sales tax. Allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery.  I accept Paypal, Visa or Mastercard.

Custom Beads

My hand painted beads are inscribed with a variety of mottos. They make excellent bridesmaid or hostess gifts. I can create beads with custom mottos. Because of the size constraints, the sayings should be no more than 20-22 characters.


I hand paint commercially made 4 1/4 and 6 inch unglazed tiles. I do primarily repeating geometric designs and vinework. I can also reproduce historic tin-glazed tiles. Other specialty sizes are sometimes available.

Historical Reenactor Items

I can create special ceramic pottery in the 15th and 16th century style for historical reenactors. Work can be original or inspired by historical pottery.

Special Commision Custom Rate

$25 per hour plus materials. Four hour minimum.


I accept Paypal, Visa or Mastercard

Contact the artist to discuss ideas for your personalized commission.

Original designs Mary R. Schirmer

Last updated: June 17, 2009
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