Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July 31, 2013::KOG field trip

We started our school year off, today, with a visit to the Kokomo Opalescent Glass art glass company here. Honestly, I wasn't expecting it to be the serious business it is. I guess I thought we'd see a couple of artists making stained glass. I am happy to report, I was way off with that assumption.

With a long, long history, KOG is a major player in the art glass industry worldwide. Familiarly, they provided the glass for Cinderella's Castle at Disney World and the North Pole Tower in the movie, The Santa Clause. They are providers of glass tiles that line the platforms of the Washington DC Metro, and other projects in many countries. They make glass sheets as well as hot glass projects and stained glass creation and restoration. It was a busy place, both in the factory, and in the Op Shop where many visitors shop for gifts as well as supplies for art projects.

At the end of the 90 minute tour, the boys got to try their hand at a little glass cutting. A fascinating tour, and a fun way to kick off the Backroad School here in Indiana. Just another reason to live our new hometown.


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