Prices for stained glass panels and art vary greatly. It is impossible to give even a ballpark figure without discussing your project. Initial consultations are free. We come to your home or office at a time convenient for you (though daylight hours are best to evaluate ambient lighting) to discuss your project in detail. Once we understand your needs we can give you a better idea of the cost of your project. When designing your custom window or artwork we discuss the choices available to present options that fit your space and budget needs. Some studios will quote a price per square foot. We do not. Experience has shown us that this figure is never accurate. It is usually based on the lowest price glass and the simplest design which is rarely what customers actually want.
Here are some of the factors that determine the price of a work of stained glass.
1. Size. The bigger the window the more material and labor involved.
2. Complexity. A pattern of flowers, animals or a landscape with numerous curves, sinuous lines and circles takes considerably longer to build than does a basic geometric design with all right angles. (Compare Mythic Figures to Gothic Window in the Gallery.)
3. Number of pieces. A Tiffany landscape window that is 3' x 5' could easily have 1500 pieces of glass in it! Whereas a Frank Lloyd Wright geometric panel of similar size might have less than 200. Every piece in a pattern requires more labor and more materials to construct.
4. Type of material. There are several types of metal used to build a window. Some are more suited to small intricate work, some are necessary for structural support of larger panels. Both the material and the labor involved vary in cost. Glass also ranges widely in price. This has nothing to do with the beauty of the material but with the nature of its manufacture. For example, a cobalt blue glass really does contain cobalt and any shade of red requires the use of real gold, making these colors costly to produce. Some glass has a texture or pattern to it. These tend to be heavier, thicker and more expensive than other glass. They also involve more labor as they often require additional work to cut and install. Beveled glass, roundels, “jewels” and hand blown glass are also higher in price.
Thus two windows of exactly the same size but very different patterns and glass choices can substantially differ in cost . A large but simple window can be priced considerably less than a smaller more intricate piece.