145 Madison Street
Tiffin, OH 44883
Crystal Traditions Description
Thanks to an abundance of natural gas, the town of Tiffin has a long history of fueling glass furnaces to make beautiful works of art that are both useable and decorative. Watch artisan Eric Cromwell lift dripping molten glass from the blistering hot furnace, then blow and shape it into beautiful pieces of useable art. Master cutter and designer Aidan Scull uses spinning wheels set on a lathe to painstakingly cut intricate designs into plates, windows, and ornaments. The shop in front showcases works to buy, including the crystal pattern that both Princess Grace of Monaco and Elvis Presley chose for their own homes.
Toddlers & Pre-K: The glittering breakables in the shop may be too tantalizing for little ones. Even kids in strollers can reach some of the lower pieces.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Seeing how the gorgeous pieces in the front of the store are created and carved will fascinate young adults.
- No need to call ahead. The tours happen whenever people arrive.
- Plan to get a souvenir. Even budget-minded families will find something pretty to take home.
- The tour can get pretty hot. With the glass furnace heating things up, expect sweltering conditions in the summer.
Just the Facts
Hours: Tours are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The shop is open Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (no tours offered).
Recommended Time: 1 to 2 hours