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
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 9am–Noon
- Glass Bead & Suncatcher Demonstrations – October 18th 9am-5pm & October 19th 9am-1pm
- The OP Shop hours – October 18th 9am-5pm & October 19th 9am-1pm
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
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
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
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.