Wow, that's a mouthful for a blog title, isn't it! My friend, Anita, and I had an interesting jam-packed day with Lois, the lady we met at the Kokomo tea in May. We had such a great time with Lois at the tea that she thought Anita and I would enjoy seeing more of Kokomo, Indiana!
We met at 9:30 AM at the Kokomo Opalescent Glass factory for a tour. We didn't know that the rest of the day would build upon seeing the beautiful glass that was hand made there.
|Some creations made out of Kokomo Opalescent Glass for sale in the OP Shop|
Kokomo Opalescent Glass has an interesting history dating back to 1886 when glass chemist Charles Henry had a vision during the Gas Boom era for making sheet glass. Today it is the oldest continuously operating manufacturer of decorative art glass products in North America.
We walked through the furnace room where we saw employees making glass. It was extremely warm in there as the furnace is 2500 degrees Fahrenheit.
I took a video of the process because it was really interesting to see!
We saw tubs filled with pieces of glass. There are thousands of color combinations that are made in the factory.
Of course, I spotted some lovely green glass (you know how much I love green) .
We visited the Hot Glass Studio and watched their master blower at work.
These are some pieces that have just been completed and waiting to be displayed in the showroom.
We saw sheets of glass that can be transformed into beautiful works of art.
Isn't this pretty? Does this remind you of salt water taffy or sea shells?
We were given a demonstration on how glass beads are made.
Anita and I enjoyed shopping afterwards at the OP Shop.
Here are some of the beautiful pieces we saw.
Classes such as stained glass, bead making, shadow art and glass blowing are offered, which I think would be great fun!
After the tour, we were ready for a delicious lunch. Lois took us to Cook McDoogal's Irish Pub located on the Kokomo downtown square.
Guess what we saw there? Decorative glass from Kokomo Opalescent Glass! I imagine the glass is plentiful all around the town of Kokomo.
Here is one of their seating areas.
And finally, after lunch we toured the Seiberling Mansion. Oh, what a treat that was!
|Anita and Lois approaching the Seiberling Mansion in Kokomo, Indiana|
The Seiberling Mansion is an impressive Victorian home built during the Gas Boom by industrialist Monroe Seiberling. The mansion is now managed by the Howard County Historical Society and is home to the county museum. Lois pointed out the unusual rounded brick columns and the horse hooks that are still intact where they used to park the carriages.
There is a peaceful garden on the side of the house.
Now for a tour of the mansion. There's OP glass again!
This is the child's room upstairs.
The ceiling had clouds painted with little angels.
This concrete angel sleeps on the front porch of the Seiberling Mansion. I slept like an angel that night.
Here is the Seiberling Mansion in the olden days and in modern times during the holidays.
It was a fun-filled day with Anita and Lois and we brainstormed ideas of interesting things to do for the future!
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