A Glass Act

A worn stained glass window in an antique shop caught the eye of James Rogers King about 20 years ago. Captivated, King picked up some books on stained glass the following week and got to work teaching himself the craft.

James Rogers King in his studioHe got a job working in a stained glass shop in Oklahoma City and even picked up an associate’s degree in graphic design a few years ago to prepare himself for his dream of owning his own studio and working with stained glass full time.

King, now 44, has come a long way from cutting his teeth on how-to books. He’s now surrounded by his glinting suncatchers of honeycombs, feathers and geometric terrariums as he works day in and day out in his newly opened JRK Studios.

“I had wanted to do something in the arts full time, so I finally just took the plunge and said ‘I’m going to do it!” King said. “And it’s going well. I’m busy. I’m so busy!”

That’s no joke. In addition to smaller pieces you might see at local shops like DNA Galleries in Oklahoma City’s Plaza District, King also is feverishly working to keep up on commissions, many of which are for local businesses. Right now, he’s piecing together a handful of