Step One: Consultation
Glass splashbacks are proven to stand the test of time, so ensuring that the design is something that you love and that you can live with for the lifetime of your new/current room, is essential. For that reason, we will spend time with you getting to know your tastes, likes, dislikes, colour preferences before making any design suggestions. Of course, your splashback is also a functional piece, and we will want to know the details of your new/existing kitchen to ensure it is going to work well within its space and complement your chosen kitchen style.
Step Two: Costings and payment
Many things affect the cost of your splashback; size, complexity of design, colour - the glass we use is handmade and certain colours are more costly because they contain gold - and location.
Once we have had our initial discussion, we will work out a figure for you and detail exactly what that budget includes as well as a broad description of what the design might look like. Once a budget has been agreed, it becomes fixed unless you make major changes during the process. If this should happen, we would ensure that are full briefed prior to anything affecting the price so that you can make an informed decision.
Please note: Full payment for commissioned work is required prior to the design stage of the project.
Step Three: Design
At this stage, we draw up formal designs based on our discussion. We will also provide sample tiles of the main colours so that you see exactly how the glass will look once fired, as some glasses change colour when exposed to the heat of the kiln.
You will be asked to review the design and advise us of any changes so that it can be revised. This will then be returned to you for signature, to confirm you are happy with the changes. Once it has been returned to us, we will order the appropriate glass and begin the process of making your panel.
The approved design forms the template for creating your panel, and so is an essential part of the project, which is why we want to ensure your are completely happy before we begin the making process.
Step Four: Making the panel
Each panel is made by hand at our studio in Ware. Comprising multiple layers of glass and inclusions such as silver leaf and dichroic glass, the finished design is layer up in the kiln prior to firing. The successful firing of the panel requires the careful control of temperatures at various heat ranges and a controlled cooling designed to ensure the panel does not crack during the process. The firing process can take many days, depending on size, number of layers, etc, and is a process that cannot be sped up.