A few weeks ago, I blogged about a client of mine who was opening an arts center. She and I met when she commissioned three windows to go into interior doors in her home in Westfield (one of which is pictured above). When we met, she told me she was an artist and that she was very clear on what she wanted. Having been doing commission work for 16 years, I enjoy the range of vision and involvement my clients have. On either ends of the spectrum, some are very comfortable describing what they like and others have a hard time getting starting with the process. Some know exactly what styles they love and others need direction regarding what works with the age of their home and other design elements they already have. Even once the design is created, the glass itself offers texture, color and opacity and all those choices can be overwhelming as well. My job is to listen to my clients, hear what they say about how they want a piece to feel (classic, contemporary, funky) and what they want it to do (block a view of their neighbor's house, add a focal point to a room, blend in with their furnishings) and translate that into a piece of glass art. Regardless of how the process starts or what path it takes, my ultimate goal is for the finished window to feel right to them and be exactly what they wanted, whether they knew how to describe it or not. That is a successful commission!