One of our most touching commissions at Mall Galleries was a wedding gift of a highly personal still life painting using the couple’s ceramics collection. The wedding gift had taken the form of a gift voucher contributed to by the couple’s friends and presented by Mall Galleries in a white gift box containing literature on how to begin the process of commissioning. The couple decided that what they would like to do is commission an artist to respond to their ceramics collection and having looked through our Artist Explorer resource, they came up with Charles Hardaker. Charles was more than responsive to the commission and as his studio wasn’t too far away, the couple dropped off several of their ceramics pieces for him to work with. The painting that came out of the commission was in Charles’ typical modernist style with muted colours and a door opening towards the light.