Commission an Artist

Commission an Artist

Looking for an artist to create something specific? Vases, dishes, sculpture, jewelry, awards and more can be commissioned by the local Pittsburgh artists listed in the categories below.

The information below is a resource to connect potential clients with artists who work with glass. Once connected with an artist, the Pittsburgh Glass Center is not liable for the work produced for the client. All contact, payment, and pickup will be taken care of with the artist unless otherwise noted. For glass repairs, please email Contact Us.

Tips and Tricks for Commissioning a Piece of Glass Artwork

What is your timeline? 

Commissioning a work of art or a large quantity of items takes time. Please plan accordingly when working with an artist.  Due to the nature of most processes in glass, the artist needs a few days at the very least to properly create your item. Begin consultation early and have a good line of communication with the artist during the process. Tight deadlines may incur “rush” fees.

What is your budget? 

Knowing how much you are willing to spend for a custom or altered piece of glass artwork is one of the first steps. Bear in mind that each artist has a different system for pricing their work. Many artists will consider the cost of materials, cost of studio rental or time, time drafting or rendering an object, and the addition of a working wage.  The resources needed to make items from glass, or even to alter premade objects, often exceeds expectations. Starting the conversation with a ballpark budget in mind allows artists to share the possibilities within your price range. 

What would you like the artist to make? 

Including photos of work similar to your expectations, dimensions, and colors will allow the artist to give you an approximate quote. Depending on the complexity of the commission, an artist will set up a time with you for a consultation. Come prepared to the consultation with the aforementioned information and be flexible to other options the artist may present.