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Factory Tours USA

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Factory Tours USA

18 Tours in Glass Manufacturers

Blenko Glass Company, Inc.
Milton, WV

Join the thousands who visit the Blenko Glass Company and its Visitor Center. In a most interesting manner you will gain a general understanding of the making of handblown glassware. You will be entranced with the first floor's factory outlet area and its many examples of the craftsman's art. On the second floor you will see the Designer's corner, where nine leading American stained glass studios have each contributed for display, a beautiful exhibit of their artistry as practiced today.

Also, a museum containing a Country Music Award trophy, Presidential Gifts, U.S. Capitol lighting globes, and original Williamsburg® stemware. ...
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Corning Museum of Glass
Corning, NY

The Hot Glass Show. Presentations from 9:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; presentations begin again at 1:00 p.m. Located on the Hot Glass Stage.

Flameworking Live! Two presentations each hour starting at the bottom of the hour. Presentations today: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. in the GlassMarket.

Sign up a workshop at the admission desk (anytime) or at The Studio (after 12:00 p.m.). Space is limited and may only be booked on the day of the class. 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Studio.

Seating in the hot shop and views into workshops provide opportunities to watch teachers and students ...
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Crystal Traditions of Tiffin
Tiffin, OH

Guests can tour the manufacturing facility at Crystal Traditions, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. They can watch the art of glass blowing while our glass blower creates a special design as he describes the techniques he uses to transform the gather of molten glass into a work of art. They can also see a glass cutter take pride and satisfaction in hand cutting crystal into museum quality work.

Customers can browse through the showroom containing the artisans work, plus crystal giftware from other corners of the world. The outlet has seconds, closeouts, discontinued pieces and lower ...
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Gillinder Glass Factory
Port Jervis, NY

United States, Gillinder is a name well known. Gillinder Glass, still family owned and operated by 6th generation Charlie Gillinder, prospers today, in Port Jervis, New York. Primarily an industrial and commercial specialty glass manufacturer, we have opened our plant for glass working demonstrations & factory tours. Take an amazing guided glass factory tour.

Enjoy watching skilled glass craftsman at work, feel the excitement on the factory floor and the heat from the large furnaces as you watch molten glass being transformed into beautiful, useful, decorative glass objects. Before or after your tour, browse through our gift store/museum in ...
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Glassworks
Louisville, KY

The objective of the Glassworks Tour is to assist
our visitors in recognizing the mystery and
beauty of glass, to understand its origins and its
development, as well as to appreciate the artistry
and craftsmanship that goes into each creation.

We hope to accomplish this through inspiration,
sharing of knowledge and demonstration.


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Glen Echo Art Glass Consortium
Glen Echo, MD

Here visitors can watch two types of glass fabrication, kiln formed and glass blowing.

Kiln Formed Glass
The Glen Echo Art Glass Consortium is a resource center for kilnformed glass that serves the entire Washington metropolitan area. The Consortium is directed by four studio glass artists-in-residence, (Bobbi Vischi, Zayde Sleph, Christine Hekimian, and Diane Cabe) who are committed to both teaching and creating. These artists, plus eight other professional glass artists, offer a variety of classes in kilnforming, kiln casting, the roll-up technique, pate de verre, Venetian glass bead making, flameworking, color and design, painting and silk-screening on glass, ...
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Kokomo Opalescent Glass
Kokomo, IN

In the mid 1880's a huge pocket of natural gas was discovered in Kokomo. The City of Kokomo offered free gas to any business who would locate here and bring jobs.

The gas was gone inside of ten years, and now, we are the last surviving Gas Boom business, and the oldest manufacturer of opalescent glass in the world.

Kokomo Opalescent Glass is proud to present the KOG Hot Glass Studio. Established in 1998, a division of Kokomo Opalescent Glass Co., the purpose of the Hot Glass Studio is to produce a unique range of quality ...
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Mosser Glass, Inc.
Cambridge, OH

Mosser Glass, of Cambridge, Ohio, is owned and operated by Thomas Mosser and his son, Tim Mosser.

As a teenager, Tom learned his trade while working at The Cambridge Glass Company and from his father, Orie Mosser, who was plant manager. After the closing of The Cambridge Glass Company in 1954, Tom started to put together his dreams and skills. He acquired several moulds from The Cambridge Glass Company, such as salt dips, and toothpicks.

From that, he started producing glassware in his own factory in 1959. Since then, he has added many of his original designs. Tom's ...
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New Orleans School of GlassWorks & Printmaking Studio's
New Orleans, LA

Students enrolled in GlassWorks Young Adult Summer Program have the opportunity to design and execute a number of multi-media projects incorporating a variety of studio areas.

Week-long sessions have a strict student limit of 25 young adult, with a 3-1 student to teacher ratio. While attending the GlassWorks Summer Workshop, young adults experience the camaraderie of team work as they learn new, innovative skills with materials and equipment they have never before been exposed to.

Under the guidance of GlassWorks? master faculty members, students begin their instruction in layout and design, as well as technical skills involved with ...
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Pairpoint Crystal
Sagamore, MA

The history of the Pairpoint Glass Company dates back to 1837 when the Mount Washington Glass Works was founded in South Boston. William L. Libbey moved the firm to New Bedford in 1870. A reorganization of the company in 1874 brought Frederick S. Shirley to the firm as the new manager; and, under him, many new types of glass were developed and patented including: Burmese, Peachblow, Lava, Rose Amber, Royal Flemish, and Satin glass. Mount Washington became noted for its brilliant cut glass and was awarded a certificate of merit for its exhibit at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in ...
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Rosetree Glass Studio and Gallery
New Orleans, LA

Artist Statement
"It is through twenty years of working with glass that I have gained an understanding of the dialogue that is established between artist and material. A lapse of concentration can ruin a piece, but a controlled flick of the wrist or light breath through the blowpipe can give the piece a subtle curve or movement that makes the piece extraordinary. It is this controlled spontaneity that makes glass so magical. I know that the weight from the additional glass bits on the side of the piece will stretch the form. But by using centrifugal force and holding ...
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Simon Pearce (Mountian Lake Park, MD)
Mountian Lake Park, MD

Visitors are welcome to observe the Simon Pearce glassblowers at work.

Glass has been made over four thousand years, beginning in Western Asia. The first items made of glass were small objects such as beads. These early glass objects were made by using molds.

Glass vessels began to appear in the late 15th and 16th centuries B.C. Glassblowing evolved much later, during the 1st century B.C. in the Roman Empire. By blowing glass, craftsmen could produce vessels in a wider variety of shapes and sizes previously only possible in pottery and metal.


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Simon Pearce (Quechee , VT)
Quechee, VT

Visitors are welcome to observe the Simon Pearce glassblowers at work. Have close encounters with the glassblowers. Visitors may stand on the same level, separated from the craftspeople by a safety railing.

Glass has been made over four thousand years, beginning in Western Asia. The first items made of glass were small objects such as beads. These early glass objects were made by using molds.

Glass vessels began to appear in the late 15th and 16th centuries B.C. Glassblowing evolved much later, during the 1st century B.C. in the Roman Empire. By blowing glass, craftsmen could produce vessels in a ...
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Simon Pearce (Windsor, VT)
Windsor, VT

Visitors are welcome to observe the Simon Pearce glassblowers at work. A catwalk viewing gallery above the factory floor provides an ideal vantage point.

Glass has been made over four thousand years, beginning in Western Asia. The first items made of glass were small objects such as beads. These early glass objects were made by using molds.

Glass vessels began to appear in the late 15th and 16th centuries B.C. Glassblowing evolved much later, during the 1st century B.C. in the Roman Empire. By blowing glass, craftsmen could produce vessels in a wider variety of shapes and ...
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Smyers Glass Studio
Benicia, CA

Smyers Glass offers visitors a unique opportunity to visit a working glass studio with old world feel and techniques. Their works are found in museums, fine craft galleries and collections across the USA. The showroom displays vases, paperweights, jewelery, platters and sculptural pieces. Each is a signed original.Visitors can see glass blowing when the 2000 degree molten glass is drawn out of the the blazing furnaces on 5 foot long blow pipes. Guests delight in watching the items that are sold in the showroom take shape.


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Susquehanna Glass (Closed for Tours)
Columbia, PA

Barware, stemware, and crystal gift items since 1910. See glass hand cutting demonstrations.


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WheatonArts
Millville, NJ

Watch professional, highly-skilled artists employ century-old techniques
to create colorful works of art from hot molten glass. The ceramics studio is open daily with demonstrations of wheel throwing, glazing and decorating. The new flameworking studio has ongoing demonstrations of bead making, marble making and other art forms involving the melting of glass with the use of a torch.

The woodcarver studio offers demonstrations in contemporary and folk carving of decoys, figures and whimseys.


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Wimberley Glass Works
San Marcos, TX

Tim de Jong established Wimberley Glass Works in 1992. Since then, it has grown into one of the most premier glass studios in the region. Our goal is to educate, entertain and inform the public by offering free glassblowing demonstrations in a relaxed environment. The gallery is conveniently located next door, where the work is both original and affordable. Let us entice you with a brilliant exhibition of colorful glass. Whether your style reflects traditional, contemporary or whimsical, Wimberley Glass Works has something for everyone. Come see us soon for an enjoyable experience!

After a tour of the studio, stroll ...
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