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Commissioning a window

I make work for homes, businesses and ecclesiastical buildings, as well as creating framed stained-glass artwork on lightboxes which can be displayed as self-contained artworks or part of a lighting scheme. Each piece is unique and is made entirely by hand to the highest standards. I can create a window which is ‘in keeping’ with the period or style of the architecture, or create a unique, contemporary piece of artwork which is personal to you.

I offer a complete service, from an initial design consultation to fitting the completed window, and throughout the process you will be kept informed of your window’s development. It is often possible to visit the studio to view the window at key stages if you’d like to see it taking shape!


Because every window is unique, each has its own individual considerations, but this is how the commissioning process usually happens…

The process begins with an initial consultation when ideas can be discussed and examples of materials and styles can be looked at. This is usually followed by a visit to the location of the planned window. Once I have a clear idea of the project requirements I can give an approximate cost for the work. If there is a set budget for the project, I can create a bespoke design with this in mind. Some clients prefer to allow me an open brief to create a window from one of my own designs. Others have a detailed idea of the design they’d like, or have an image or colour range in mind. I can also work from a pre-existing design – I have considerable experience in translating the work of other artists and designers into stained glass and I enjoy working collaboratively with architects, designers and artists.

I will then prepare a design drawing and provide you with a formal quotation for making the window, including an estimate of how long the work will take. A site visit is usually necessary to take detailed measurements and make templates of the window opening.
Windows in churches and other historical buildings require consultation and agreement with other parties such as the church parish, church advisor and architect. I have experience of working alongside these groups and other public bodies to ensure a successful outcome.

Every commission is unique and the price of a window can vary considerably depending on the materials and techniques required, the complexity of the design, the amount of painting needed, and the size of the window or panel. On acceptance of the quotation a deposit (usually 50%) is required to confirm the project and begin work, with the final payment due on completion of the piece. For very large projects, staged payments may be required. 

I’m always happy to discuss new projects, large or small. The initial consultation is free, so if you have an idea in mind why not contact me to discuss your requirements.

You can read testimonials from people who have commissioned me here.

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