About this trip idea
The six glass weekends are a series of trail events called Art on Fire. Each weekend features a cluster of counties that are a part of the Indiana Glass Trail. The trail traveler can follow a suggested itinerary of glass related activities that span throughout the entire weekend. Maps demonstrating which counties are included in each weekend are available on the website.
Art on Fire: Dunkirk Glass Days
May 31-June 2
Celebrate the rich history of Indiana glass at the Dunkirk Glass Days Festival. The celebration includes stained glass demos and a factory tour of global glass manufacturer, Verallia. Then head over to The Glass Museum, Indiana’s only glass museum, which includes more than 8,000 pieces of glassware from around the world. Continue down the road for a self-guided tour through the breathtaking views of the Tiffany Stained Glass Trail in Richmond, IN. Every glass lover knows that since 1837, Tiffany & Co. has been making some of the most exquisite glass and jewelry designs in the world.The trail includes masterful pieces dating to 1895 showcased in three churches within three blocks.
Art on Fire: Art Glass Turns 10
Join us for a celebration of the Indiana Society of Lampwork & Glass Artist’s (ISLAGA) 10th anniversary! Start out in historic Terre Haute for an evening of glass art exhibits at Clabber Girl Gallery. Then head down to Lisa Pelo’s studio, Glass as Hot as it Gets, for glass blowing demonstrations by some of Indiana’s top talents. Later that day, try your hand at a lampworking class at IndyFlame located in the Circle City Complex in Indianapolis. Continue down the interstate to the Columbus Visitor’s Center to see an original piece by the world-renowned Dale Chihuly and then over to the Columbus Learning Center to see custom Chihuly sun garden panels. Cap off the weekend wandering through the streets of Nashville. Anne Ryan Miller’s stained glass studio and Ron Schuster’s Sweetwater Gallery are just a couple of places you’ll want to check out in this quaint little town.
Art on Fire: Chihuly In Town
Stop in to Warsaw Cut Glass Company to see one of the last American facilities practicing the art of cutting glass. Each piece in the enormous selection of hand cut crystal glass is original and unique. The anchor to this weekend is the glass of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Two exhibits of Dale Chihuly’s work will be featured from late June through September. Approximately 50 of his pieces will be brought to the museum. Also happening at the FWMoA is the International Glass Invitational, which will feature 26 fantastic glass artists from around the world.
Art on Fire: Elwood Glass Festival
Start the weekend out with a visit to Ball State’s Glick Center for Glass. See state-of-the-art facilities where future glass artists are being trained and master artists are refining their skills. Then continue your journey by taking a tour of Kokomo Opalescent Glass, the oldest manufacturer of hand case, rolled cathedral and opalescent glass in America- truly a unique experience! Afterwards, head over to the Elwood Glass Festival. Trolleys bring guests to and from Prestige Art Glass Studio and House of Glass throughout the day for tours and demonstrations. Top off the evening with a relaxing trip through the Carmel Art & Design District/ Nickel Plates Glass walk. The charming main street area of Carmel will be filled with galleries featuring glass art, street demonstrations, live music, and more. The following day can be spent creating pieces at IndyFlame, taking a tour through the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute, walking through the luminary glass etchings of the cultural trail, or the many other glass features of Indianapolis.
Art on Fire: River of Glass
The first stop of this trip is the Zimmerman Art Glass Factory in Corydon, IN. Take a tour of the factory and learn about the history and craftsmanship of this family owned business. Then make your way down to historic Madison where you can walk along the Ohio River whilst enjoying the Chautauqua Art Festival and perusing glass art stands sprinkled throughout the streets. Finish off the weekend by heading north to Columbus to admire the architecture of the city as well as the famous Chihuly chandelier displayed in the visitor’s center. Take home your own Chihuly from the center’s gift shop.
Art on Fire Hot Glass & Class
Start the weekend off in Lafayette at Sharon Owens studio, Inspired Fire. Take a class and create your own piece of glass art to take home. Browse her gallery that includes work from artists all over the state. The following day, take a tour of the illustrious Kokomo Opalescent Glass factory. Watch hand-mixed sheet glass being poured, pressed and cut into colorful sheets that are used in glass art all over the world. Then join us for the opening reception of Best of Indiana Artist Exhibition held at the Indiana University Kokomo Art Gallery hosted by the Indiana Glass Arts Alliance.