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 Opalescent Glass Sale

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company has been making glass in its original location since 1888.

The OP Shop (Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company’s retail shop) announces their Annual Fall Sale on September 17-22, 2012.  Receive 20% off all sheet glass & supplies!  Located at 1310 South Market Street in Kokomo, the OP Shop is open Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm and Saturday 9am-1pm.  Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory tours are also given Tuesday-Friday mornings at 10:00am.  Don’t miss this must-see glass attraction and America’s oldest art glass company!  For more information on the sale or factory tours, call 765-457-1829 or visit their website at www.kog.com.

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Items Now Available Online

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company is America’s oldest art glass company and has been producing high quality glass in Kokomo since 1888.  Tours of the factory are available Tuesday through Friday at 10:00 am.  Group tours are offered by appointment only. 

For convenience and for those not able to visit the factory and gift shop located in Kokomo, Kokomo Opalescent Glass is now available to purchase online.  Visit www.KOG.com to shop online for unique gifts made from Kokomo glass, including suncatchers, decorative vases, paperweights, bowls, serving boards, lampshades, nightlights, perfume bottles, ornaments, and many other items. 

Artists can also buy sheet glass online as well.  You will be amazed at the selection!  For more information, call 765-457-1829 or visit www.KOG.com.

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