Through the Looking Glass

Mason jars – the preservation step in the harvest exhibit at the Ohio Glass Museum in Lancaster, Ohio.

Although Lancaster, Ohio isn’t necessarily off the beaten path from little ‘ol Athens, I wouldn’t consider the Ohio Glass Museum a typical outing for most, sans my mother who collected glasses growing up. But alas, that is exactly where I found myself on Wednesday, analyzing vast collections of mason jars, colorful dishes and cups, and witnessing first hand the process of making hand-blown glass.

As I walked into the museum slash visitor’s center that afternoon, I was greeted by two elderly men – Director Bill Eckman and volunteer-employee Jack. Jack left to help a few patrons in the gift shop while Bill invited me to visit the museum’s glass blowing studio to experience the art of creating hand-blown glass first hand.

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