Diomo Glass - little shop of stained glass & more!

by diomoglass in Rye

Diomo Glass - little shop of stained glass & more!
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The goal is to open a shop in Rye, East Sussex that serves the community, visitors, local businesses and teaches too!

by diomoglass in Rye

 Project aim 

The goal is to open a stained glass shop in Rye, East Sussex that serves the community, visitors, local businesses and teaches too with the aid of crowdfunding.

About the project 

I'm a stained glass artist and for just over 10 years, I've worked hard to build up my skills and knowledge working on a varied range of projects and jobs. Within the last 18 months my focus has been on repairing and rebuilding leaded lights in and around Rye, East Sussex, building up business relationships by solving various on and off site problems and getting to know Rye too.

Rye has a wonderful community feel about it and this extends to not just my residential customers but business owners too. I feel I have developed a niche business here that compliments many others.

But as business is growing, there is one main aspect that is starting to hinder me: working from home.

So I would like to continue to grow my business with much more suitable premises, to work for more individuals and to be a central place for other businesses to turn to. My little business needs a shop.

Continuing with the work I have done so far would mean my shop would have 4 parts to it: 

  • It would be a place to bring your leaded lights along for repairs and it would be much more suitable for discussing designs with customers too. On-site repairs would also continue.

  • There would also be the gift shop part full of original, handmade gifts that would appeal to not just the locals but visitors & tourists to the town too.

  • There would be the opportunity to complete a range of courses making small sun catchers right up to designing and making a full leaded light.

  • To compliment local businesses further, I would also like to offer a cut-to-size clear glass service. This is also something that is not currently available in town.

 

After all of my planning and research along with my experience, I would like to raise £30,000 to get a reasonable sized shop and to stock it. This would also allow me to keep the shop going for approximately one year which would help to establish my business in town and allow for further growth in the meantime.

 

So, here's how I'm hoping you can help:

 

I'm not asking any one person or business nor bank for this kind of money. I'm asking lots of people and businesses for a little each. The project will run on Crowdfunder for July / just into August (35 days). This is an all or nothing project. If I don't reach my goal, then nothing changes, no one hands any money over and I'm back to the drawing board.

Crowdfunding is where lots of people pledge money towards my £30,000 goal. If enough pledges are made (the goal is reached), I get the money! If the goal isn't reached, you get your pledge back. Pledges are made via Paypal.

There are rewards available if you would like one, ranging from keyrings and sun catchers to stained glass courses and business advertising but pledges can be made to any amount and can also be anonymous.

You can also help by spreading the word - any which way you wish - word of mouth, Facebook, Twitter...

 

THE REWARDS:

- postage is included and where to is stated. Due to the nature of glass, not everything is available for overseas posting.

- local business advertising in the shop for 6 / 12 months will commence as soon as the shop is open but will appear on the website within a week or two of getting your details (at the end of this project if the goal is reached)

- the courses will commence as soon as the shop is open. Please bear in mind that it will be late this year and in to next year at a mutually convenient date. All courses will hopefully be completed within 12 months though of the shop opening. Courses will be run with up to 4/6 people at a time.

- the keyrings, suncatchers, coasters, painted pieces and leaded panels are all made by hand, by me.

- you can pledge any amount and you don't have to have a reward if you so wish.

 - you can pledge anonymously.

THIS IS AN 'ALL OR NOTHING' FUNDING PROJECT. IF I DON'T REACH MY GOAL I GO BACK TO FIGURING OUT ANOTHER WAY TO DO THIS, SO EVERY PLEDGE, NO MATTER HOW LITTLE, WOULD MEAN THE WORLD TO ME! THANK YOU!!

 

I am not underestimating the amount of work involved. I've already been working on the specifics of this plan for months with the ideas and research going back years. This is just the run up to the hard work! The business plan has been written up, the relevant people spoken to, the help asked for and the goal defined.

 

What does this money pay for?

 

 Well... rent, bills, rates and insurance, materials, tools and all those easily forgotten items like packaging and carrier bags, aprons, shelves and workbenches. And all this is for up to a year. Why a year? Because the first year is always the hardest and I need time to build up business a little more. I'm determined to stay once I'm there!

THIS IS AN 'ALL OR NOTHING' FUNDING PROJECT. IF I DON'T REACH MY GOAL I GO BACK FIGURING OUT ANOTHER WAY TO DO THIS, SO EVERY PLEDGE, NO MATTER HOW LITTLE, WOULD MEAN THE WORLD TO ME! THANK YOU!!

If you have any questions - just ask!

Thank you all so much! 

 

 

 

Website: http://www.diomoglass.co.uk/

Email: diomoglass@googlemail.com

 

 

 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Just a little something towards my goal but you get a huge thank you in return!

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A fused glass keyring with a heart or a flower or a sailboat - it'll be a surprise! And a huge thank you too! Includes worldwide postage.

£15 or more

1 of 25 claimed

£15 Reward

A 10% discount on any 3 stained glass gift items once the shop is open (you'll need to come in!) Valid for 1 year. You will receive a discount card in the post. Oh, and a huge thank you too!

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Choose a mini sun catcher from one of the designs shown. They are approx 10cm square. Add another £5 to your pledge and I'll paint a name on it for you too! Plus you get a huge thank you too. Includes UK postage only.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Limited Edition! A fused glass and copper 'Diomo Glass' design spiral coaster. The design is cut by hand, by me. 10cm square. You'll also get a fused glass keyring too! And a huge thank you! Includes UK postage only. These won't be available after this!

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Mug of tea (or coffee!), biscuits and an exclusive behind the scenes tour once we're open. And a huge thank you too!

£30 or more

£30 Reward

Choose a sun catcher from one of 10 designs shown. They will measure approx 15cm in length / width, plus you get a huge thank you too. Add another £5 to your pledge and I'll paint a name on it too! Includes UK postage only.

£30 or more

0 of 25 claimed

£30 Reward

A 20% discount on any 3 stained glass gift shop items once the shop is open (you'll need to come in!) Valid for 12 months once shop is open. You will receive a discount card in the post. And a huge thank you too.

£35 or more

1 of 20 claimed

£35 Reward

Mug of tea (or coffee!), biscuits and an exclusive behind the scenes tour once we're open plus a gift. A huge thank you and you'll be on my website thank you page too.

£45 or more

1 of 96 claimed

£45 Reward

A 3 to 4 hour lesson allowing you to make your own suncatcher. Suitable for absolute beginners, I'll teach you everything you need to know and provide tools and materials. Why not double up and bring a friend? And a huge thank you too of course!

£50 or more

1 of 20 claimed

£50 Reward

Design your own leaded light and I'll make it for you! And a huge thank you too. (Max 3 colours, simple design and up to 10" square) Pledge for 2 and double the size!

£55 or more

£55 Reward

Perfect for a local, small business - rent shelf space for 4 weeks! This could help to give your handmade products exposure. You'll also get a huge thank you and there will be additional promotion for you too on my website. Please contact me first as to what you make / can be displayed for you. (Sorry - no food items!) Dates will be discussed with you. You can always pledge for 2 of this reward for 8 weeks shelf space.

£90 or more

0 of 56 claimed

£90 Reward

A 1 day design & make your own copper foil piece - be it a sun catcher, a trinket box or something else entirely! Suitable for absolute beginners, I'll teach you everything you need to know and I'll provide all tools and materials. Why not double up and bring a creative friend with you too? Plus a huge thank you.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

For those who would just love to support a small, creative business and don't necessarily want anything in return? How about a big thank you from the bottom of my heart? You got it!

£150 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£150 Reward

An original and unique hand-painted flowers piece. Made with traditional stained glass paints and kiln fired, these flowers will never fade! Have a perfect flower in mind? Or a preferred colour? Size 25cm in diameter. And a huge thank you too!

£180 or more

0 of 30 claimed

£180 Reward

A 2 day leaded light course. Suitable for absolute beginners, I'll teach you everything you need to know and will provide all tools and materials needed. Why not double up and bring a creative friend too? And a huge thank you too.

£200 or more

1 of 25 claimed

£200 Reward

Local or relevant business advertising - your business details on a leaflet that will be given out to residents, locals and anyone interested in your services for 6 months from when the shop opens. You'll have your business details on my website for 6 months too. Plus a huge thank you!

£270 or more

0 of 30 claimed

£270 Reward

A 3 day design & make your own leaded light course. Suitable for absolute beginners, I'll teach you everything you need to know and I'll provide all tools and materials. Why not double up and bring a creative friend along too? Plus a huge thank you!

£400 or more

0 of 25 claimed

£400 Reward

Local or relevant business advertising - your business details on a leaflet that will be given out to residents, locals and anyone interested in your services for 1 year from when the shop opens. You'll have your business details on my website for one year too. Plus a huge thank you!

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

For those who would just love to support a small, creative business and don't necessarily want anything in return? How about a big thank you from the bottom of my heart? Or a huge thank you? Plus a cuppa, come in for a cuppa and a little tour too!

£5,000 or more

£5,000 Reward

For those who would just love to support a small, creative business and don't necessarily want anything in return? How about a big thank you from the bottom of my heart? Or a huge thank you? You can have both!! Plus a cuppa, come in for a cuppa and a little tour too!

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