Collecting and admiring glass is a passion that can last a lifetime. Exploring one area of the craft only leads to another and yet another: from blown glass to cast to fused to slumped to worked. Which in turns leads to the dizzying array of options for decorating and colouring the medium: painted to engraved to polished to etched to sand-blasted. And then, once you have satisfied yourself that you have seen all of the colours, textures and shapes possibly on offer an artist will appear who does something new and wonderful that starts the process all over again. Glass is a medium that always grows with you no matter your age, budget or taste.
Owning a piece of glass is a pleasurable, and rewarding experience. You may have previously purchased an item from an artist, gallery or shop or have been unsuccessful in finding that right piece. If so, have you thought about commissioning a piece of work direct from an artist? Commissioning a glass artist or designer to produce a work of art can be highly enjoyable for both parties. You will find both the work and the experience both personal and unique, it will be specifically produced for you and your requirements. Each commission will vary according to the commissioner, artist, situation and circumstance but it will be something you will find rewarding.
It might be that youhave an idea for a piece for your home, a gift for someone, aseries of awards for a business or corporate venture or you are a collector of glass.
Below are some simple steps involved in commissioning a piece of glass:
- Put some thought into what first prompted the commission.
- Develop your brief and your idea.
- Do research into what you are looking for and potential artists that could help.
- Make contact with some artists.
- Discuss ideas and budgets with the artists.
- Make an agreement or contract.
- Other points to consider: Fee, Fabrication, Delivery, Installation, Timescale, Maintenance and Ownership.
- Reviewing progress- Your involvement through the process.
- Completion& Delivery
When discussing your idea with the artist, the artist should discuss what it is you are looking for, introduce their own past portfolio and then proceed in a way that suits the commission or project. This might include their own ideas or thoughts, a potential budget, something similar that they may have done before or drawing or sample of work. Remember that Communication is all important. It is important to keep in touch during the duration of the project. On your part, you need to be checking progress, answering questions and approving or correcting details. On their part, they should be updating you regularly on progress and letting you know if anything crops up that might delay the work being carried out.