Asked Questions of our Studio
Asked Questions by Us
Asked Questions of our Studio
is included in the price?
most cases, the proposal price includes all design fees, fabrication
costs, delivery and the installation of your project.
you willing to execute another artists' designs?
Depending on their design and our own work load. We also have
collaborated with architects and interior designers.
there an hourly design fee?
All design fees are included in our overall price given
in your proposal. However, an hourly rate for studio's design
services can be negotiated.
window frames and protective glazing included in prices for
Only as additional items but we generally prefer them to be
provided by the general contractor.
your studio work with small residential stained glass commissions?
Usually not. We find that, with the hourly cost of our studio's
overhead and payroll, it is not cost effective for the studio
or client. Our facility is geared toward efficient and effective
production of larger scale projects.
you have a minimum project price?
We have no minimum price established. However, we find that
the larger the project, the more cost effective it is for
the studio and the client. If a small project is interesting,
then we will consider it. We are most comfortable with projects
in the range of $ 15,000 and up. Our average commission is
you have a square foot price?
No. Every project is different with the prices varying according
to project type, medium, difficulty of installation, etc.
We encourage you to call for pricing information. You can
not put a square foot price on art. It is not wall or floor
covering. It is for the most part a permanent fixture that
expresses not only the personality of the artist but of the
owners for which it was designed. We can provide estimates,
but only after we have the answers to certain questions.
you guarantee your work?
Yes, provided there is no funny business going on with the
frames or any of the other structural trades. A guarantee
is written into our proposals. Most general contractors' warranties
expire after one year. Our general guarantee is for ten years
- and for practical purposes, extends beyond that.
is the best time to get the artist involved?
As early as possible. Ideally an artist should be part of
the original design team. An architect can be unfamiliar with
the light transmission qualities of stained glass and might
have questions as to the best type of framing system for the
windows. The artist can help provide these answers. The artist
can help the architect find ideal locations for the placements
of glass or mosaic and help define the problematic siting
of windows. Involving an artist as early as possible is beneficial
to the committee in determining the best type of art to be
used, developing a budget for the art, and whether the art
needs to be phased in or not. Often it is much more expensive
to retrofit art if no provision has been allowed for it.
you do a dove?
Since the dove is one of the most important symbols for Christian
art, of course we do doves. We've designed probably a hundred
of them. We undoubtedly will do another hundred more. Each
time, our challenge is to find an original way to do a dove
that is sensitive to the architecture and visually appealing.
you "do me a parrot that matches my wallpaper or fabric, or
fix my "Tiffany" lamp shade that I bought at Sears or Costco"?
Probably not. Sorry, but this also includes sailboats!
you design a stained glass window to be fitted into a light
There is a reason they are called stained glass WINDOWS! Stained
glass is meant to be viewed by the transmission of sunlight.
If no window opening is available, we recommend the use of
a mosaic. One of the beauties of a stained glass window is
its ability to change as the daylight changes. This is what
makes it "alive". Light boxes, no matter how cute and innovative
they are designed, make a stained glass window look flat and
lifeless - like a piece of Plexiglas signage. The ONLY reason
you might want to install a stained glass window in this situation
is if the window is of a historical nature, something brought
over from "the old church". In this case though the piece
becomes more of a furnishing item, not a window, and becomes
a job for a cabinetmaker, not a stained glass artist.
you restore windows?
Occasionally, on small projects. Large restorations need the
facilities of a studio that specializes in this work. For
this type of work, we will be happy to recommend a studio
member of the Stained Glass Association of America.
Will you install protective glazing
over my existing stained glass windows?
Maybe. Depending on the project it might be more advantageous
for you to hire a storefront glazing company to do the actual
work according to our specifications.
you do your own installations?
Yes. Without proper training, stained glass panels are tricky
to handle. We are very protective of our "babies" and are
extremely hesitant in allowing others handle our work.
we visit your studio?
Yes. Often initial and subsequent meetings are held here in
our conference room if convenient with the committees. Committee
members are always welcome to view their work in progress
but you should contact us to set up a time you plan on your
visit. Even if we have not yet started fabricating your project,
there is always something interesting "on the tables".
long will my project take?
Every piece that comes from JPS requires time to design and
execute. We are efficient but not a production studio. Certainly,
the size and scope of a project will determine the length
of time required for its execution. Be fair and realistic,
rushing a project does absolutely nothing to improve its quality.
Like I always say "there is no such thing as an emergency
stained glass window."
you one of those flaky, stubborn artists we often hear about?
we have input with the artist?
JPS employs no outside reps or salesmen. When you interview
with us, you are speaking directly with the artist that will
be designing your commission.
Asked Questions by Us
of these, the committee members should ask themselves)
Why do you want stained glass windows?
What do you expect the windows to achieve?
Are our designs being approved by a particular person on the
committee, by the whole committee or the entire congregation?
Have you provided a realistic budget? What is it? Do you want
our input in helping you develop a budget?
5. Have you set an installation date based on the realistic
completion of your construction, or is it some date that is
entirely arbitrary? Have you as a committee allowed the artist
enough time to develop ideas, create designs to submit for
approval, order materials, execute the designs and then install
the piece? This is important since there is no such thing
as EMERGENCY stained glass windows or mosaics, at least not
Do you have a preconceived idea of what you want your art
work to look like or are you flexible and open to some creative
suggestions? One of the characteristics of a good artist is
the ability to see things differently from other people -
then be able to execute that vision. Our best work is done
when we are asked to be part of the design team, to work along
with the architect, pastor, committee, interior designer,
Have you done your homework on selecting an artist for your
Are you aware that you will most likely be expected to pay
an artist for any conceptual work that you may ask of him/her?
How committed are you to this project?
Have you established your priorities (price, content, quality,
Do you want to attempt to complete the entire project or pursue
it in phases?
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