"To open a shop is easy, to keep it open is an art" – Chinese proverb
Stained glass began as a hobby for Roy Loman in the late 1970's. By 1981, the hobby had turned into a career, and Loman Studios was born as a one-man operation. The economic growth and corresponding consumer spending in the 1980's guided the studio to be a purely residential operation at the beginning. Several years of plentiful work allowed Roy to expand his staff and with each new member of the team a greater level of creativity and experience was achieved. When the residential market began to show signs of weakness in the late 1980's, Roy and his staff knew that they had to adapt. Their new target market: churches.
After securing the first three jobs that Roy bid on, a new era began. This adaptability and slow, sustainable growth are important keys to the success of Loman Studios as a small business in this community. Meeting the needs of a new type of customer meant changes. The first stained glass painter was hired, and new vendor relationships were formed. One vendor relationship with a church goods and stained glass supplier was pinnacle to the studio’s success in a new market. From this mutually beneficial relationship came many referrals that kept the Tulsa business productive.
The next event that impacted Loman Studios on personal as well as professional level was the April 19th, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Part of the collateral damage was St. Joseph's Catholic Church and specifically the stained glass in the building. From shards of glass alone, the staff at Loman Studios was commissioned to replicate the original stained glass. The project was an amazing opportunity to help restore some of what was lost in the horrific events and the associated media attention established Loman Studios as a credible stained glass studio to fellow Oklahoman's.
Over the next 10 years, the business continued its steady growth in both production and hiring. In 2005, Loman Studios became an accredited member of the Stained Glass Association of America. The staff of Loman Studios hopes that learning about the history of the studio will pique your interest and bring you in for a visit. Our mission statement is continued dedication to providing a quality product and excellent customer service with a foundation of a synergistic team that feels more like family than co-workers.