Commissioning a stained glass window, screen or lamp involves entering into a contract with the designer/maker. It is therefore important that both client and maker know exactly what is involved.
· The price of the work should be established. The materials used in the making of a window, especially the glass itself, can be expensive and the possibility of commissioning a well-designed leaded light should not be ignored.
· The maker will need to know the budget for the work and will provide an estimate, and may require a down payment before beginning work and perhaps payment by instalments, depending upon the cost of the materials involved.
The designer will prepare a preliminary design, according to the client's brief.
· The design should indicate the nature of the construction and the position of any ferramenta or physical support.
· This design should be as detailed as possible. It may be accompanied by samples of the proposed glasses.
· The client must be prepared to recompense an artist for design(s) prepared according to a brief, whether or not it proceeds to execution.
· The copyright in all cases remains the property of the artist.
The arrangements for the execution of the commission must also be satisfactorily established, including those for installation. If necessary, the advice of an architect should be sought; for church commissions, the architect responsible for the church should be involved from the outset. If the window is to be sited in an exposed position or in an area where vandalism is known to be a problem, protective measures should be considered.
Also look at Commission Agreements