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Illuminating … a glass factory in Indiana

If you have ever driven from Indy to South Bend, you probably remember your drive on 31 and all the towns you go through along your way. One of those is Kokomo. What you probably didn’t realize was just beyond your route is the humble Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory that has been open since 1888. In fact, it is not only the oldest factory in this Howard County community, but it is the oldest opalescent glass factory in the world!

Glass made here is used in stained glass windows, vases, decorations and art. Just as in the early years, the sheets of colored glass are made with a machine and artisans, who work quickly to turn raw materials into large sheets of colored – often textured – glass that is then shipped all over the world.

And, twice a week (10 am on Wednesdays and Fridays), Kokomo Opalescent Glass opens its doors for the public to see behind the scenes for a nominal admission fee of $1.

At the hot glass studio, you can watch as hot glass artists produce a unique range of quality hand-blown and hand-cast glass using the world famous Kokomo Opalescent glass.

Don’t just stop in here … there are many other fun things to see in do in Kokomo!

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