Fall Trip Idea: Art Glass Getaway in Kokomo!

Looking for trip ideas this fall?  Check out amazing art glass tours, demonstrations, exhibits, and unique glass gifts in Kokomo/Howard County.

Experience art on fire at Kokomo Opalescent Glass, America's oldest art glass company.

Experience art on fire at Kokomo Opalescent Glass, America’s oldest art glass company.

Experience true “art on fire” at Kokomo Opalescent Glass (KOG), America’s oldest art glass company in business since 1888.  Public factory tours are offered Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m.  Can’t come during the week? Check out special Saturday tours only on Saturday, October 17, 2015 with continuous tours from 9:00 a.m. – Noon.

Take the tour to go behind the scenes at Kokomo Opalescent Glass.

Take the tour to go behind the scenes at Kokomo Opalescent Glass.

Feel the heat of molten glass ladled from the 12-pot furnace.  Over 22,000 variations of sheet glass are produced at KOG and shipped worldwide. Also watch amazing glass blowing demonstrations by local artisans and glass beadmaking demonstrations.

Find unique glass items at The OP Shop, open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-1pm.

Find unique glass items at The OP Shop, open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-1pm.

Visit The OP Shop (located at Kokomo Opalescent Glass) and Crystal Wand Creations in downtown Kokomo for stunning, handmade glass items made by local glass artists, great for giving as holiday gifts!  While in downtown, enjoy lunch or dinner at one of many locally-owned restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops or visit unique shops and art galleries.

See over 2,000 pieces of glass on display at the Greentown Glass Museum.

See over 2,000 pieces of glass on display at the Greentown Glass Museum.

See beautiful exhibits of highly-collectible Greentown and Jenkins glass at the Greentown Glass Museum and Seiberling Mansion, along with multiple stained glass windows and other local history and glass-related exhibits.

Learn more about local history and Indiana's gas boom at the Seiberling Mansion.

Learn more about local history and Indiana’s gas boom at the Seiberling Mansion.

To plan a unique glass getaway this fall or for more information, contact the Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau at 800-837-0971 or visit http://www.VisitKokomo.org.

Experience “ART ON FIRE” in Kokomo October 17-18, 2014

2014 ART ON FIRE Flyer FINAL REVISED

Learn about Kokomo/Howard County’s rich glass heritage during “Art on Fire” on October 17-18, 2014.  Experience amazing art glass through factory tours, glass blowing demonstrations, exhibits, and shops during this special glass weekend!

Go behind the scenes at Kokomo Opalescent Glass, America’s oldest art glass company, on a fascinating tour to experience the glass-making process.  Watch as hot glass is ladled from a 12-pot furnace, hand-mixed, cooled, and shipped all over the world.  They produce over 22,000 variations of sheet glass!  Also, see local glass blowers create unique glass art in the Hot Glass Studio, watch bead and suncatcher demonstrations, and have the opportunity to purchase beautiful glass items made by local artists in The OP Shop.  Glass production tours and glass blowing will be offered from 9:00 a.m. through Noon both days.  The OP Shop will be open on October 17 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and October 18 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Special Offer: Receive $5 off any purchase of $25 or more in The OP Shop!

Explore the Howard County Museum, located in the remarkable Seiberling Mansion, built by industrialist Monroe Seiberling for his family in 1891.  The Mansion contains beautiful stained glass windows created with art glass from Kokomo Opalescent Glass.  Some of the windows are original to the house, others were added during a recent renovation.  The museum possesses one of the largest known collections of Jenkins Glass, produced in Kokomo, and has a portion of it on permanent display. There is a temporary display in the James Long Gallery, featuring Kokomo Opalescent Glass. Visitors can also see representative pieces of Greentown glass, produced by the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company in Greentown, and Bournique glass, which began in Howard County.  The Seiberling Mansion will be opened from 1-4 p.m. on October 17 and 18.

Next, head to Downtown Kokomo to discover Artworks Gallery, Crystal Wand Creations, and Fragrant Blossom Artisan Shop! Artworks Gallery will feature glass bead demonstrations and an art glass exhibit during this event.  Talk with local artists while they work and see beautiful artwork in a variety of mediums in this 2-story art gallery.  By the way, all pieces of art in the gallery are also available to purchase.  Artworks Gallery will be open October 17 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and October 18 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Find local, handmade glass items at Crystal Wand Creations, including glass jewelry, stained glass ornamentals, panels, suncatchers & wind chimes in this unique retail shop located in Downtown.  Special Offer: Receive 10% off all in-stock stained glass!  The shop will be open October 17 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and October 18 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Purchase beautiful, custom glass art platters made from wine bottles at Fragrant Blossom Artisan Shop.  The shop also carries handmade soap, candles, and accessories from Indiana artists.  Open October 17 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and October 18 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Make sure to visit all three shops while in Downtown!

Finally, don’t miss a visit to the Greentown Glass Museum.  The museum’s permanent exhibit houses over 2,000 pieces of glass on display, including a vast number of pieces of glassware produced by the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company in Greentown between 1894-1903.  The extensive display features various glass patterns and highly collectible pieces, such as Chocolate Glass, Golden Agate and Rose Agate.  Open October 17 from 12-4 p.m. and October 18 from 1-4 p.m.

To plan a visit, call 800-837-0971 or go to www.VisitKokomo.org.  For more information on where to see glass in Indiana, go to www.IndianaGlassTrail.com.

 

Experience ART ON FIRE: Hot Glass & Class on October 18-20th

Experience amazing glass tours, unique exhibits & glass shops in Kokomo/Howard County!  Join us as we celebrate the art of glass on October 18-20, 2013 during this special Indiana Glass Trail Art on Fire weekend.

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Start your adventure at Kokomo Opalescent Glass, America’s oldest art glass company.  Go “behind the scenes” on this fascinating tour to experience the glass-making process.  Watch as hot glass is ladled from a 12-pot furnace, hand-mixed, cooled, and shipped all over the world.  Also, see glass blowers create amazing glass art in the Hot Glass Studio and purchase beautiful glass items made by local artists in The OP Shop.  Don’t miss the special tours & demonstrations on Saturday, October 19th!  Located at 1310 S. Market St., KOG has been making glass in its original location since 1888.  The cost is only $5 to take the tour.

  • Glass Factory Tours & Glass Blowing – October 18 & 19 from 9amNoon 
  • Glass Bead & Suncatcher Demonstrations – October 18th 9am-5pm & October 19th 9am-1pm
  • The OP Shop hours – October 18th 9am-5pm & October 19th 9am-1pm
Seiberling Mansion

Seiberling Mansion

The discovery of natural gas in the late 1800’s in Indiana led to an explosion of creativity and glass-making.  From plate glass to stained glass and cookware to art glass, Howard County was a leader of the industry.  That history is on exhibit at Kokomo’s Seiberling Mansion at 1200 W. Sycamore St.  Explore their newest exhibit produced in cooperation with Kokomo Opalescent Glass, a selection from the museum’s huge collection of Jenkins glass, along with Greentown glass, a unique Bournique chandelier, and the Seiberling’s wonderful stained glass windows.  Admission is $5 adults & $2 children.

  • Seiberling Mansion & glass exhibits open October 18-20th from 1-4pm
Greentown Glass Museum

Greentown Glass Museum

Don’t miss a visit to the Greentown Glass Museum.  The museum’s permanent exhibit houses over 2,000 pieces of glass on display, including a vast number of pieces of glassware produced by the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company in Greentown between 1894-1903.  The extensive display features various glass patterns and highly collectible pieces, such as Chocolate Glass, Golden Agate and Rose Agate.  Admission is free.  The museum is located at 112 N. Meridian St. in Greentown.

  • Greentown Glass Museum open October 18th 12-4pm and October 19 & 20th 1-4pm

IGAA exhibit
Recognized as the best contemporary glasswork being made in the Midwest, 28 pieces from 21 glass artists have been selected for this year’s Indiana Glass Arts Alliance (IGAA) annual exhibition, which is titled “GATHERING: Contemporary Glass from the Heartland.”

Featuring exceptional glasswork from artists in six states, this unique exhibit will open Oct. 19, 2013 at the Indiana University Kokomo Art Gallery with an Opening Reception from 2-5 p.m. (open to the public.)  The Art Gallery is located on the campus of IU Kokomo at 2300 S. Washington St.  Admission is free.

IGAA Glass Exhibit Opening Reception – October 19th 2-5pm

 

 
Finally, purchase local, handmade glass items at Crystal Wand Creations, including glass jewelry, stained glass ornamentals, panels, suncatchers & wind chimes in this unique retail shop located at 206 N. Buckeye St. in Downtown Kokomo.  The shop will be open October 18th from 10am-6pm and October 19th from 10am-4pm.

Crystal Wand Creations in Downtown Kokomo

Crystal Wand Creations in Downtown Kokomo

In addition, take a class or see the work of glass artists in Lafayette/West Lafayette and Logansport during this glass weekend.  Full itinerary available here.

Special rates are available at the following Kokomo hotels (based on availability.) You must mention “Art on Fire – Hot Glass & Class” to receive the discounted rate!

Comfort Inn – (765) 452-5050
Courtyard by Marriott – (765) 453-0800
Fairfield Inn – (765) 453-8822
Hampton Inn & Suites – (765) 455-2900
Holiday Inn Express – (765) 453-2222

For more information, call the Kokomo Visitors Bureau at 800-837-0971 or go to www.VisitKokomo.org.  For more details on the Indiana Glass Trail and Art on Fire weekends, visit www.IndianaGlassTrail.com.

KOG Expands Glass Tours & Celebrates 125 Years in Kokomo

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Producing art glass in Kokomo since 1888, Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company (KOG) celebrates 125 years in business this year.  And if you have not taken the tour, now is the time!  Recently expanded, public factory tours are now offered five days a week – Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m.

Their fascinating tour takes you through the glass-making process, including production, packaging and shipping, along with unique glimpses into the Hot Glass Studio (where beautiful custom glass pieces are blown, pressed, and hand cast), stained glass restoration, and special project areas.  Call (765) 457-1829 to schedule group tours.  When planning your visit, please note that no open toe shoes, sandals, or flip flops are permitted in the factory.

For more information on glass production in Kokomo or to shop online, visit www.kog.com.

KOG Hot Glass Studio

KOG Hot Glass Studio

Feather vases made at Kokomo Opalescent Glass

Feather vases made at Kokomo Opalescent Glass

Kokomo Artworks: A New Downtown Jewel

Kokomo Artworks, a co-op of artists within the Kokomo Art Association, recently moved to a beautiful new gallery in Downtown Kokomo.  While the entrance from the outside looks like a typical downtown shop, what you see inside is anything but ordinary! 

A variety of artwork, ranging from watercolor, photography, to ceramics are all wonderfully displayed throughout the two story gallery, perfect for browsing with a morning cup of coffee or for holiday shopping.  Art classes are also given for those that want to try their own hand at painting or other forms of art.

In addition to individual artwork displays, Little Town Glass Company has a glass studio on the second floor featuring stained glass art, glass jewelry, and steampunk gears (a very fun moveable art) and more.  This family business (father & sons) hand-selects glass locally made at the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company to make their unique and exquisite glass creations.

Little Town Glass Company's owner Michael West works in his glass studio inside Kokomo Artworks

Also, both Kokomo Artworks and Little Town Glass are part of the Indiana Glass Trail, which features several stops in the Kokomo area as it winds through the state.  For more information on the Indiana Glass Trail, visit www.IndianaGlassTrail.com or call the Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau at 800-837-0971.  

Artworks is located at 210 North Main Street in beautiful Downtown Kokomo.  Hours are Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. & Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  For more information, call 765-459-4579 or visit their website.
 
Because often a picture can say more than words, here are some photos taken this week at Artworks.  Make time this holiday season to visit this new downtown jewel!

Indiana Glass Trail Proving Successful

May 5, 2011

For Immediate Release

 Contact:              Peggy Hobson
                             Kokomo Visitors Bureau
                             765-457-6802 or 800-837-0971

                             The Indiana Glass Trail Proving Successful

Interest in The Indiana Glass Trail has grown quickly since the website was launched in February 2010.  To date, 10,330 brochures promoting The Indiana Glass Trail have been distributed. Glass Trail information posted on the Visit Indiana website has received 3,458 hits in the 15 months that it has been on the State site.  This is more than any other brochure ad on the site received in this time period.  In addition, 73% of the visitors exiting the Visit Indiana website linked on to another tourism site directly from the Glass Trail Trip Idea page, driving the visitors to related sites.

In 2009 five Indiana Visitor Bureaus joined forces to form the trail which includes Anderson, Muncie, Kokomo, Hamilton County, and Columbus. The Visitor Bureau partners received a matching grant from Indiana Artisan and Indiana Office of Tourism Development to start the project.  The Indiana Glass Trail came to life in 2010 after the website (www.IndianaGlassTrail.com) and promotional efforts were launched. The mission of the trail is to drive business to glass artisans along the route extending through each county by promoting the work of glass artists, factories, schools, galleries, festivals, and museums.

Beautiful Glass Jewelry by Kokomo Glass Artist Tonya Glenn

The Indiana Glass Trail joined nearly 200 other exhibitors at the Indiana Artisan Marketplace held April 16 and 17 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.  Nearly 5,000 people attended.  Cindy Frey, Associate Director of the Columbus Area Visitor Center, who worked at the Indiana Glass Trail booth at the Marketplace stated, “The exposure we received at the Marketplace was tremendous.  We were kept very busy talking to people and answering their questions about the trail and the glass artists and venues we represent.” 

“We knew The Glass Trail would attract people to it when we were talking about forming the partnership,” states Peggy Hobson, Executive Director of the Kokomo Visitors Bureau and administrator of the Glass Trail.  “But we had no idea that it would generate as much attention as it has this quickly.”

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory Tour

Hobson continued, “We are now seeing an increase in visitation to the sites on the trail.  Kokomo Opalescent Glass has increased their plant tour schedule from two days to four days to keep up with the demand.”  During the first four months of 2010 Kokomo Opalescent Glass had 574 people tour their facility.  In the same time period in 2011, 1,052 people have taken the tour.  John O’Donnell, CEO of Kokomo Opalescent Glass, says, “Tours mean additional revenue which we are also seeing.”

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 Kokomo-Howard County Visitors Bureau
325 N. Main Street, Kokomo, IN 46901
800-837-0971 or 765-457-6802
www.visitkokomo.org  email: information@visitkokomo.org

 

Travel Along the Indiana Glass Trail

The Indiana Glass Trail was launched in 2010 and is a showcase for talented Hoosier artisans and glass blowers who create magic with glass.  The trail connects several communities throughout the state, including Anderson/Madison County, Columbus, Hamilton County, Kokomo/Howard County, and Muncie/Delaware County.  Glass factories, galleries, museums, studios, festivals, and workshops can be found in these communities along the trail.

Kokomo offers several attractions featuring glass.  Take the fascinating tour at the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory, America’s oldest art glass company.  Watch as molten glass is poured and rolled into colorful sheets of art glass and shipped all around the world.  Demonstrations by skilled glass blowers can also be seen.  Public tours are given weekdays Tuesday through Friday at 10 a.m.  The Op Shop offers beautiful and unique glass items to purchase, including vases, suncatchers, serving boards, perfume bottles, and paperweights.

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Kokomo Art Association’s Artworks, located in the Kokomo Mall, carries the work of several glass artists, such as glass jewelry among other unique items.  Greentown and Jenkins glass can be seen at the Greentown Glass Museum and Seiberling Mansion in multiple exhibits.  The Greentown Glass Museum houses a vast number of pieces of glassware produced by the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company in Greentown between 1894 and 1903.  For more information on glass in Kokomo/Howard County, call 800-837-0971 or visit www.VisitKokomo.org.         

Explore The House of Glass in Elwood, offering factory tours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  In addition, their gallery features a stunning collection of glass art created by their skilled craftsman, including antique and modern style paperweights, animal sculptures, vases, lamps, and glass jewelry to purchase.  For more information, call 765-552-6841 or visit their website.

Dale Chihuly Glass Chandelier at Columbus Visitors Center

Columbus is home to two original works of glass by world-reowned artist, Dale Chihuly.  The stunning 900-piece neon chandelier  is on display in the Columbus Visitors Center and Chihuly Sun Garden Panels in Suspended Circle are uniquely featured at the Columbus Learning Center.  A variety of unique and colorful glass items are available to purchase in the Columbus Visitors Center gift shop.  Glass art can also be seen at Zaharako’s restaurant, Exit 76 Antique Mall, and used in a variety of ways in architecture throughout Columbus.  For more information, call 800-468-6564.

Purchase Glass Items at the Columbus Visitors Center Gift Shop

In Hamilton County, stroll the Carmel Arts & Design District to find glass-filled antique shops and galleries featuring contemporary glass art.  Glass can also be found throughout Hamilton County’s eight great towns.  For more information, call 800-776-8687 or visit their website.    

Muncie is renowned for its glass history beginning with the Ball family.  Art glass is plentiful from beadwork to sculpture.  Plan to visit the Ball State University Museum of Art and the Minnestrista Center.  Visit the website for festivals and glass artists in the Muncie area or call 800-568-6862.

"Catalyst" Sculpture (made of limestone, stainless steel, and dichroic & plate glass) at Muncie's Minnetrista Center

For more information on the Indiana Glass Trail, visit www.IndianaGlassTrail.com.  If you would like to receive the Indiana Glass Trail brochure, call 800-837-0971 or email information@visitkokomo.org.