As with all awards and recognition pieces, memorial pieces are all unique in that the clients come up with the special text and images they wish to have included along with the names and dates of the departed. This process usually takes a bit longer than with awards as the clients often have a hard time settling on the text they want. We usually go through a few revisions before the actual text gets signed off on.
This underlies how important it is to number each proof and make sure to have a signature on the final version before sandcarving anything. Recently we had a signed-off proof, and when the stone was delivered, the client remarked that the birth date was wrong. Luckily, we had the signed-off proof to show that it was approved incorrectly.
—Ruth Dobbins, Your Professional Glass Consultant