How to become a Stained Glass Artist

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: July 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Stained glass artists are skilled craftspeople who design and produce stained glass windows and panels, as well as smaller accessories and gifts such as tiffany lamps, mirrors, fire screens, occasional tables, small decorative items, wedding favours and Christmas decorations.

Many stained glass artists sell their work directly from their studio as well as from stalls at craft fairs and through galleries and craft exhibitions, while others supply smaller items to retailers such as gift and craft shops. Increasingly, stained glass artists also promote and sell their work online.

Stained glass artists accept commissions from a range of clients including architects, interior designers, churches, schools and private clients such as homeowners and self-builders. Some also specialise in the restoration and conservation of stained glass and accept commissions for work on historical and religious buildings. Others provide tuition in stained glass making to supplement their income.

Due to the health and safety risks involved in the production process and issues relating to intellectual property rights in relation to 'artistic craftsmanship', stained glass artists are subject to a considerable amount of legislation relating to health and safety, copyright and design right.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a stained glass artist. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.

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