Art Glass in Kokomo - Bus Trip Filled

May 9, 2018 6:45 am 7:30 pm

Join us as we tour Kokomo Opalescent Glass, Co., one of America’s oldest art glass companies, established in 1888 and in continuous operation ever since. Its primary product is opalescent sheet glass, including many types produced for Louis Comfort Tiffany. Many of the early glass formulas are still used today, and the process has changed very little. Watch as glowing hot glass is hand-ladled and rolled into sheets. The factory now includes a Hot Glass Studio, added in the late 1990s, producing quality hand-blown and hand-cast glass functional and sculptural objects.

Enjoy lunch at a local favorite, the rustic and cozy Foxes Trail, located in a restored historic building which originally served as an icehouse. On display are tools from the time period and images of ice being cut and harvested.

Our 2nd stop, Seiberling Mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built by entrepreneur Monroe Seiberling in the Romanesque Revival style. He was attracted to the area by the offer of free natural gas for those who would locate factories in Indiana when a huge reserve was discovered in the 1880s. Three plate glass factories were among the many factories that he established. This elegant Victorian home features ornate interior woodwork and, of course, many beautiful examples of stained glass windows that have survived to this day, some of which were made using glass from KOG.

The trip includes an en route talk by glass artist, Gloria Badiner. Fee includes transportation, a snack, restaurant lunch, boxed dinner on the bus, guided tours, and all gratuities.

Safety considerations: All participants must wear thick-soled shoes. No high heels, open toe shoes or sandals are allowed. Please be aware that the factory floors are rough and uneven in some areas. Dress for the weather as the factory in not climate controlled.

Guests will need to navigate stairs and stand for approximately one and one-half hours. For more information, call 616-975-3184 or 616-975-3147.

Member Cost: $135
Non-Member Cost: $155