Commissioning a window

Grace undertakes a wide range of commissions. She makes windows for homes, businesses and ecclesiastical buildings, as well as framed stained-glass artwork on lightboxes or hangings which can be displayed in any space.

Each new piece of work, whether it’s a window or a panel, is made to the highest standards entirely by hand. Every piece of work Grace makes is unique. She 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 the client. She offers a complete service from an initial design consultation up to fitting the completed window.

With fifteen years’ experience working on historically important, listed, and ecclesiastical buildings, Grace has considerable experience of the procedures and committees involved in these settings.

Every window is unique and has its own individual considerations, but this is how the commissioning process usually happens…

The process begins with a free initial consultation to discuss your requirements and the location of the planned window. If you are local Grace can visit you, or you are welcome to visit Grace’s studio, close to the harbour in the coastal town of Ramsgate (by appointment). If you are farther away, this part of the process can take place by email or phone. At this stage of the process you can discuss initial ideas and view glass samples. You will then be given a rough idea of the project’s cost.

Some clients have a detailed idea of the design they would like, others prefer to give Grace a theme for the window, or even an open brief allowing her to create a window from one of her own designs. The client can also bring an existing design – Grace has considerable experience in translating the work of other artists and designers into stained glass.

After this initial discussion, Grace will prepare a sketch design drawing and provide you with a formal quotation for the design and the manufacture of the window, including an estimate of how long the work might take. 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 order and before any further work can commence. For very large projects, staged payments may be required.

A site visit is usually necessary to take detailed measurements and, when necessary, make templates of the window opening. Grace will develop and finalise a design taking into account any comments made following the initial drawing. For most projects a full size ‘cartoon’ of the design will be drawn up. The manufacture of the window can then take place.

Final payment is due on completion of the piece. When the window or panel is finished it can delivered to you or collected from the studio. Installation is not included in the cost unless requested, however, the studio can fit the window for you if required.

Throughout the process you will be kept informed of your window’s development, and it is often possible to visit the studio to view the window at key stages if you’d like to see its creation!

Grace is always happy to discuss new projects, and the initial consultation is free, so if you have an idea in mind why not contact her to discuss you requirements.