Stained glass & makers space in OKC

$500 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 24 months
Hello, my name is James Rogers King. I have worked with stained glass for over 20 years and most of that time was on the retail side. I found myself not having time to do the art I love and decided to form my LLC (James Rogers Glassworks LLC) in August 2013. I worked from home for the first year and shared a space in Film Row for the second year. I kept my eyes peeled for some affordable space. I found an opportunity that was too good to pass and recently opened my first business venture, JRK Studios , in a brick and mortar location in Oklahoma City.

The space was a mess when we got it. It included 40 years of paper, dust, and sadly, some dead animals in the walls. My partner and I worked until 2 AM for over a month in the cold nights of February to demo and clean the space. Did I mention there was no heat?! We tore down a water damaged drop ceiling and scraped glue off the cement floor. We had to work around a crazy maze of electrical outlets and freely hanging wires.

All of the time spent on demoing did not allow any time for completing any new stained glass projects. My inventory was low so we were forced to miss a few shows. The space still needs a lot of work.

These funds will help ensure we can pay the rent throughout the year, purchases glass supplies, and create an environment for other makers to share space without the huge overhead of rent. We have a couple of walls to build, a kitchenette, floors to finish, and insulation for the new drop ceiling.

This is a dream I have had for over 20 years now. I remember as a kid drawing out floor plans on graph paper and thinking of all the necessities. This space means so much to me that I lay awake at night making lists in my head of my next steps. I would be extremely grateful for any help you can provide to make this dream happen.

The maker’s movement is strong and is what will hold Oklahoma’s art community together into the future.

Wish List of some building materials needed:
30qty 2"x3" (Home Depot)
48qty 1"x3"
6qty 2"x4"
30qty 4'x8' underlayment (Home Depot)
Box of 2 1/2" Coarse Thread Drywall Screws
8qty(or more) 3/4" Plywood for shelves
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Work going great along the north wall. I moved a couple electrical boxes that were hanging down, put some insulation & furring strips up. Also painted the wood paneling to help make the space look a bit more finished. It's the little things, right? Happy Monday everyone.
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Today I'm working on more honeycomb sun-catchers. Also got a nice new fan to keep me cool until I can get the rest of the insulation up in the ceiling. This tin roof gets hot! Hope you are all having a great day, see you soon.
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$500 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 24 months
Created June 24, 2016
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$50
Anonymous
23 months ago
NP
$100
Natalie Poindexter
23 months ago

Love you son,hope this will help make your dreams come true.

$10
Jay Kolbet-Clausell
23 months ago

Love your work. Keep doing what you do.

RT
$200
Ricky T
23 months ago

Thanks Bother... Do your thing!

RO
$20
romy owens
23 months ago

i hope 500 people give you $20!

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