Friday, December 5, 2008

Here Little Birdie...

This is one my favorite special order pieces. They can be ordered in any color. These beautiful birdhouses are really meant to be enjoyed indoors; however, they can be used outdoors too. Please remember any stained glass pieces used outdoors will be subject to the weather; therefore, causing them to gradually corrode and deteriorate. So bringing in your precious pieces of stained glass during the winter months will always help them to last years longer.

Yes, Kokomo Opalescent Glass IS Still Alive and Well and thriving in Kokomo, Indiana!

I went to the Ft. Wayne, Indiana VA Hospital this morning and had a great visit with a great bunch of people there while getting a mole removed. When asked what I did for a living I told them I made stained glass and jewelry. After we all talked about how beautiful stained glass is, and what pretty pieces some of the ladies there have one of the ladies asked me if Kokomo Opalescent Glass was still in operation. Well that got me thinking, are there any other people out there that think Kokomo Opalescent Glass is no longer making stained glass anymore? I guess if there is just one then I might want to tell that one person, "hey! if you're interested, Kokomo Opalescent Glass is still open and has been since 1888."
As a matter of fact KOG is known around the world for its' glass. Those of us in the stained glass community already know this, but for those of you who aren't familiar with all the various art glass manufacturers then this may be of some interest to you. In fact, 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, KOG is the last surviving Gas Boom business, and the oldest manufacturer of opalescent glass in the world. Check out their site sometime you might be surprised at the extensive history they do have. I hope this has helped to clear up any misconceptions about KOG still being in operation after all these years. So until next time remember don't sweat the small stuff!