Explore the Art of Glass Making in Kokomo

No visit to Kokomo is complete without a tour of the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory.  In business since 1888, this is Kokomo’s only gas boom era factory still in existence today.  In fact, they are also the oldest manufacturer of opalescent and cathedral stained glass in the world.  People have been coming to take the “behind the scenes” tour for decades and for good reason.  I have toured the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory several times and still enjoy watching and learning about the unique and very interesting techniques used in making glass.  Come take the fascinating tour where you will watch hot molten glass ladled out of a 12 pot furnace and then rolled into colorful sheets of art glass. 

A worker carries a ladle of molten glass from the furnace

A worker carries a ladle of molten glass from the furnace

You can also view the giant room where all the sheets of glass are stored and perfectly color coded.  The glass is then sent all over the world for use by stained glass artists.  The Op Shop, which is the factory’s retail shop, showcases some of the work created with the beautiful art glass, such as paperweights, lamps, suncatchers and other specialty gift items that can be purchased.   

Their hot glass studio is also located in the factory where skillful glass blowers create very unique and custom pieces of work.  A demonstration is shown on the tour. 

Hot Glass Studio

Hot Glass Studio







Artist creates custom glass item in Hot Glass Studio

An artist creates custom glass item in the Hot Glass Studio

 Group tours are scheduled by appointment only.  However, public tours are given for individuals and families every Wednesday and Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. (no tours are given in December.)  Take special note that no open-toed shoes or sandals are permitted.

Have you taken the tour?  Let me know!  Leave a comment on our blog about what you thought.  Special thanks to the staff for letting us post their fabulous photos!  Contact them for more information or to find out more about their glass production tours.
Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company
1310 South Market Street, Kokomo, IN 46902
(765) 457-1829

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