Hi I have a commission panel to do for a new client. I would love to choose the proper glass. The client prefers med and dark amber and a bit of red with clear background. I am not sure what the clear was like was it textured or plain could I use a GNA?
I know that stipples were used for the colored - the customer has vision problems and would prefer glass with no texture (she would consider GNA for clear). panel design attached -Appreciate any suggestions - thanks
This message is written by Joe Pompei, who has a small studio in MA. I have posted it for him, with his permission, as it was originally posted on the Glass Eye discussion board in response to someone's question about Frank Lloyd Wright Designs:
A "cautionary tale" regarding the reproducing FL Wright designs.
Over the years our studio has processed several FL Wright style window commissions. More recently and with the popularity of the Arts & Craft/Prairie architectural styles, we decided to create on online catalog of FL Wright art glass windows which could be custom ordered via the internet.
Within a few months of launching this program, we received a "cease & desist letter" from a NYC legal team representing the FL Wright Foundation. The FL Wright name itself is copyrighted and cannot be used without license from the FL Wright foundation. His designs are also protected. I spoke to the owener of Oakbrook-Esser and was told that the legal rights to several of the FL Wright designs, including the Tree of Life, are owned by the original homeowners and cannot be reproduced without THEIR permission.
I contacted the licensing dept at the Foundation to inquire about the possibility of securing licensing by the Foundation but was told that only one studio (Oakbrook Esser) is licensed by the Foundation. Andersen window also has the rights to produce a limited number of windows which are loosely based upon his designs. The foundation has no plans to license any other art glass studios (bummer).
I suspect that you would not run into any issues with the foundation unless you are actively using the FL Wright name on your website or in any of your literature, and if you are designing and fabricating windows for your own private use. Other than that you are opening yourself up to a potential lawsuit.
As a student of FL Wright's art glass for many years, I was extremely disappointed to have received word that we would not be able to design windows even somewhat loosely based upon his designs. Then again, I do understand the concept of protecting an artist's intellectual property.