CI Chapter: Through the Looking Glass

CI Chapter:  Through the Looking Glass
How do you go from silica to a Tiffany Lamp shade or a beautiful piece of stained glass?  We will find out on the tour that will take us from sand to glass.

All steps in between will be visible and accompanied by a guide who will lead us through each of the steps.

Kokomo Opalescent Glass (KOG) has been in continuous operation at the current location of 1310 S. Market Street in Kokomo, Indiana since 1888.

To understand the inception of Kokomo Opalescent Glass you first must have knowledge of the events two years prior to the founding of the company.  On October 6, 1886, in a corn field about one mile northwest of the glass plant, a group of speculators drilling a well discovered natural gas at around a depth of 900 feet.  The 20-foot flame lit up the dark sky that night.

Within a week several new gas companies were formed.  The next eight exploratory wells in the area were also successful.  By the end of 1887, Indiana Natural Gas Company, one of the large companies, had over 23,000 acres leased and 475 gas producing wells. News of the significant gas discoveries traveled quickly all over the country.  It was thought, incorrectly, that the gas would last for 200 to 300 years and so many entrepreneurs and developers came to the Kokomo area.

The gas led to the start of a glass making plant that started in 1888. Through bankruptcies and misdoings by the owners, the company has continued to make glass for such notables as Tiffany Glass.  It has continuously operated since 1888.

Today it is a source for restoration glass and will create custom mix batches for commercial customers. Many of the same "recipes" that originally made the company a premier glass manufacturer are available, and they continue to add exciting new colors and textures to meet the demand of an ever-growing audience.

This will be a tour of the factory. Please wear close toed shoes and long pants. The factory will be warm so dress accordingly. The tour will be close to 2 hours long.


The tour will be conducted by one of many workers versed in all aspects of the glass making process as well as the history of the company.

2 PDHs

$20 for Members and $40 for Non-Members.

Register online now or RSVP to Joel Eder at
5/17/2018 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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