2012 Tours

2012 Tours - There's Something for Everyone!

Collectors Tour SOLD OUT
Libbey Glass Factory Tour
Tour of Pilkington Float Glass Operations
Mark Matthews Studio, Sauder Village Tour & Luncheon
Johns Manville in Waterville
Architectural Tour
Public Art Tour

Registration is now closed for tours.

The Glass Art Society Collectors Tour

GAS_CoTour_JPG_of_Front.jpgTuesday - Saturday, June 12 - 16
Price per person: $1,300 (GAS member), $1,420 (non-member); includes admission fees & ground transportation to all events listed below, most lunches and most dinners, VIP seating for special events,and a conference pass. Collectors tour has sold out with 25 participants.

Toledo is home to one of the most impressive museum collections of glass, as well as to numerous avid and long-standing collectors. Get exclusive access to private collections, curator-led tours, and special demonstrations through the Collectors Tour. Click here to learn more and see the preliminary collectors tour itinerary.

Cancellation Policy: Space is very limited. Cancellations received in writing before April 16, 2012, will be given a full refund. There will be no refunds after April 16, 2012. Itinerary is subject to change.

Local Tours on Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The following tours begin and end at the SeaGate Convention Centre (Jefferson St. entrance). Transportation is included. Lunch is not included unless otherwise noted. For factory tours, closed-toe shoes are required, high heels and long dresses are prohibited, and pants are recommended. registernow.gif

GAS_Libbey_Tour_Pic.jpgLibbey Glass Factory Tour
Wednesday, June 13, four tour slots to choose from
Price per person: $25. GAS conference attendees only.
Minimum 10 people; maximum 15.

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Tour the largest and oldest glass factory in the United States. Robert Zollweg, Design & Creative Director for Libbey Glass, will personally introduce you to the historic Libbey Glass Company, which was established as the New England Glass Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1818 and moved its operations to Toledo, Ohio, in 1888. It is still located on its original factory location and some parts have not changed in over 123 years. See automated glassblowing machines produce over 80 pieces of glass a minute. See fire and water transform molten glass into clear glass tumblers and stemware. Take this rare opportunity to tour a fully-automated glass factory that is normally closed to the public. Libbey Glass factory tours will only be available for GAS conference attendees. Pick one tour time: 8:30am-10:15am • 10:30am-12:15pm • 1pm-2:45pm • 3pm-4:45pm

pix_from_Pilkington_special_requirements_Rossford_6F3_furnace_2.jpgTour of Pilkington Float Glass Operations
Wednesday, June 13, four tour slots to choose from
Price per person: $25 (GAS member), $35 (guest)
Minimum 10 people; maximum 20.  (2 tours of 10 each)
The dress code, noted below, will be strictly enforced.

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Turn up the heat with a rare opportunity to peek into mammoth furnaces and walk the production line as miles of glass are produced in Pilkington North America’s float glass operation in the Toledo suburb of Rossford, Ohio. Pilkington North America manufactures and markets glass and glazing products for the building and automotive markets and is part of NSG Group, with principal operations in 29 countries on four continents and sales in some 130 countries. Guided tours enable participants to gain an unusual perspective on technological advancements in the glass industry within a rich historical context.

Dress Code: All visitors must be in compliance of the Pilkington/NSG Group dress code policy in order to tour the float plant.  Anyone not wearing proper attire will not be able to join the tour.
  • High heels, sandals, open toed or cloth shoes are not permitted.
  • No jewelry may be worn during the tour.
  • Shoulder length hair (or longer) and beards two inches (or longer) shall be bound close to the head.
  • Must wear pants.  No shorts, Capri pants, or sweatpants.
  • Protective equipment including high visibility vests, hard hats, and safety glasses will be provided by the NSG Group.
(Image courtesy of Pilkington North America.) Pick one tour time: 8am-9:45am • 10am-11:45am • 12:45pm-2:30pm • 2:45pm-4:30pm

Chandelier.jpgMark Matthews Studio, Sauder Village Tour & Luncheon
Wednesday, June 13, 9 am - 3 pm
Price per person: $67 (GAS member), $77 (guest)
Minimum 10 people; maximum 30.

Visit independent artist Mark Matthews at the historic Sauder Village. Matthews, a passionate and entertaining artist, will give a brief presentation before and during an elegant lunch prepared by the Sauder Heritage Inn. Lunch, tour of the glass shop, and entry to all parts of Sauder Village are included. (www.saudervillage.org)

Shown at right: The 3000 pound chandelier from Sauder Village’s Founders Hall. The 52 2-part lamp shades were made by Mark Matthews. They are all off-hand and non-interchangeable.

from_TMA_Group_of_number_475_marbles_a_2.jpgJohns Manville in Waterville
Wednesday, June 13, four tour slots to choose from
Price per person: $25 (GAS member), $35 (guest)
Minimum 10 people; maximum 15.

It was while he worked at Johns Manville that Dominick Labino invented the no. 475 marbles used at the first TMA studio glass workshop in 1962. Tour covers the melting of batch components to make glass, the fiberizing of glass, and a brief overview of end uses.

Closed-toe, flat-soled, leather shoes required. No skirts or dresses. 
Pick one tour time: 8:30am-10:15am • 10:30am-12:15pm • 1:30pm-3:15pm • 3:30pm-5:15pm

from_DoToledo_Main_Library_Pilkington_Central_Court_1.JPGArchitectural Tour
Wednesday, June 13, 10 am - 11:30 am
Price per person: $25 (GAS member), $35 (guest)
Minimum 10 people; maximum 25

View the highlights of the Toledo historic and contemporary buildings that incorporate glass as building material and art form.

The tour will include the Toledo Lucas County Public Library’s vitrolite murals and other commercial buildings.

Cork_Marcheshi_CM-Intro-2.jpgPublic Art Tour
Wednesday, June 13, 1:30 pm - 3 pm
Price per person: $25 (GAS member), $35 (guest)
Minimum 10 people; maximum 25

Enjoy a selection of masterpieces from one of the oldest public art collections in the nation.

This bus tour visits artworks by Frank Gaylord, Athena Tacha, Cork Marcheschi, and Beverly Pepper. These works are curated and conserved by the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo.

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