So it looks like there is a lot of confusion in the glass world (among buyers and artists alike) as to the proper etiquette and protocol for commissioning artwork. As such I did a bit of digging to see how the rest of the art world does this (paintings, sculptures, et al.). Having combed through a few articles and blogs I found this one to be the most pertinent and relevant for glass collectors such as ourselves, and feel it's worth reading over: http://wickedeye.wordpress.com/2009/06/10/a-“newbies”-guide-to-commissioning-artwork/ I'd copy and paste here for you, but the article is much longer than the character limit allows on FC, so quit being lazy and just click the above link. I would also love to invite people who have experience commissioning glass to share their thoughts and advice on the subject. I would he honored if members like @PhotoRider @mvapes and @Deadshort480 (among others) would chime in here.