Our Story

Our Story

Explore Licking County takes great pride in collaborating with community partners in creating experiences that are second to none and specific to our Land of Legend. The Find the Glass project is a perfect example of this collaborative community spirit. It started simply enough; an email with a thought. That idea grabbed the imagination of the Explore Licking County team and the powerhouse team from Newark-based The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology. Glass artists from The Works Hot Glass Studio would craft the glass surrounding the replicated Hopewell era flint point. Explore Licking County would take the lead in promotion, creative capital, and storytelling. The lingering question. How do you create something never done before when pouring hot glass around and over a knapped piece of flint? The obvious answer. You reach out to your partners at one of the nation’s leaders in industrial lighting to have a custom mold built. Holophane has been a Newark manufacturing staple since 1900 and welcomed the Find the Glass project with open arms, agreeing to cast a mold for the Studio to use.
The final piece of the collaboration puzzle would be YOU, the person looking for one of the most epic, family-friendly summer adventures to come down the line in a long time. It’s all up to you now. Get out there and uncover your own one-of-a-kind art piece that blends the best of Licking County’s history, creativity, and ingenuity.

About the Art

The art of glassblowing has been captivating visitors at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology since its installation in 2002. The Works is home to one of the few working hot shops in central Ohio offering daily public demonstrations, make your own hot glass, private instruction, and studio rental. Visit The Works to learn about the glassblowing world and how each Find the Glass piece was created. Enjoy a demonstration of the fascinating technique as glass is heated in a kiln to over 2,000 degrees F and watch molten glass transformed in front of your eyes. Participate in glassblowing classes on select Saturdays year-round. You can also drop in for fused-glass workshops, host a private fused-glass jewelry party, or book a teambuilding experience where your group will cooperatively create a fused-glass piece. The Works glassblowing artists enjoy sharing their love of glassblowing with thousands of visitors annually. Current artist Graham Judge creates one-of-a-kind pieces, many of which can be purchased at The Works Gear Shop. Graham is always up for lending his creativity and talent for worthy projects and is excited to be part of bringing the Find the Glass experience to our community.

Find The Glass