Commissioning and FAQs
How do I commission artwork?
Commissioning a stained glass panel has a few simple steps. My process starts with a fun conversation, where you tell me what you like, what you don’t, and what issues you might have. I’ll ask you questions – “What is your preferred color palette?”; “Do you want to block the view into your neighbor’s dining room?” – in addition to looking at the orientation, location, site constraints, lighting, etc.
Next we’ll discuss the various options for installation; free-hanging, metal display stand, or custom stops that match your woodwork, for example. There are many other options as well, but these are the most common. We will make an appointment to measure (or we can discuss the way you can measure to determine how big of a panel you want) or skip right to a studio visit picking out the glass.
Then once the details have been taken of (size, budget, colors, timeline, etc.), the contract is signed and the down payment paid. Then when I start working on the panel, I take photos to document the process (‘Supernova’ is one example), plus you are welcome to visit the studio and see the progress in person.
When your commission is complete, we will schedule the delivery and/or installation. J. A. Geiger Studio provides complete, fully insured installation services, but if you would prefer to do it yourself we will coordinate with your contractor.
What kind of clients do you work with?
We work with everyone! Homeowners, corporations, small businesses, galleries, and public art entities, and anyone who is interested in glass is a potential client.
What is your turn around time?
Hmm, that depends upon the current studio schedule. It could be a few weeks to a few months, but if you have a firm deadline, please let me know and we’ll see what we can do.
Do you offer lay-away?
Of course! My terms are very reasonable too: you determine a down payment and the payment shedule; we sign a contract for purchase; and then once your artwork is paid in full, you can pick it up or I will ship it to you.
My goal is to make sure my artwork is going to someone that loves it!
What are your studio hours?
Since I work from a private studio and not a commercial location, my hours are typically by appointment only, though occasionally there’s an open studio event.
Do you do repairs?
If one of my pieces becomes damaged and it is feasible to repair it, I will definitely take care of it. If you have an old window you would like restored, I have a specialist that will help you out.
People often ask if I am afraid of lead posining. Actually no – I try not to eat the panels. All joking aside, I keep the studio clean, and use precautionary measures and techniques. Plus I get tested regularly and everything is perfectly normal.