Glass Act

Jack Peacock lives in North Carolina, but he calls Tiffin his “second home.” He has many relatives in Tiffin, including his uncle, Homer Peacock, who once ran the service station at Sandusky and Huss streets.

“He and my mother (Dorothy Peacock) and their sister grew up at the orphanage in Tiffin. I’m a Homekid’s kid, and I bring mother up for the reunion every year. We haven’t missed one in almost 25 years. She came on her walker this year. … She’s 91, but I got her up here on her walker,” Peacock said.

Nov. 9 and 10, Jack Peacock will be in town for the Artistry in American Glass Show, which he spearheaded. It is to run 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday in the Community Civic Center, 151 S. Washington St. The $5 admission is good for both days.

Peacock and about two dozen other glass enthusiasts from Tiffin, Fostoria and Findlay glass organizations have joined forces for the effort.

“My real role in this thing was to get the show started. It’s a new show. What we did is, when the Tiffin (Glass Collectors) club dropped the November show, a group of us put together a new organization and decided to host a show in Tiffin, where we used to have very, very good shows,” Peacock said.

The antique business has been hurt by the economic slump and attendance at the glass show had dwindled. Peacock said he and the other participants wanted to make some changes and start over. They founded the NWOGA Northwest Ohio Glass Association, made contacts with people they knew and filled the meeting space with well-known vendors who will show their collections and have pieces for sale.

“The dealers were hand-selected and requested. They’re coming from seven states. Some of the finest glass dealers in the United States are going to be here,” Peacock said. “We certainly hope to have good attendance. The dealers coming are a ‘Who’s Who’ in the glass world.”

They include the president of National Depression Glass Association; the president of the West Virginia Museum of American Glass; the president of the Morgantown Glass Society; board members from almost all the major glass collecting clubs in the U.S.; and six published authors.

In addition to the 10 glass vendors, David King is to display and sell some of the pieces he has cut in his Tiffin shop, and a local couple will have a booth for jewelry they have crafted from shards of glass that came from the slag heap at the Tiffin factory when it closed. Peacock said NWOGA wanted to keep an annual show in Tiffin because of the area’s significant history in glass making.

“We formed the organization to form a sponsorship group for the show, one of the reasons being, between Findlay, Fostoria and Tiffin, there were nine or 10 glass companies almost all in the same county at one time,” Peacock said.

New members can join the NWOGA, but Peacock said its main purpose is to promote future Artistry in American Glass shows. The group already has reserved a larger space for 2014.

“We have seven dealers on our waiting list. … We don’t have any more room in the Civic Center. We can only put 10 dealers in there. Once the word got out, we now have seven good dealers on the waiting list,” Peacock said.

He expects to double the number of vendors for next year’s show, provided the debut event goes well. The second weekend of November does not interfere with other glass shows the dealers might want to attend.

A retiree, Peacock himself is a dealer who travels around the country. He said only 40 or 50 people are still doing that. Ed Goshe is the only Tiffin dealer participating, but the Longanbachs also want to register for next year, he said.

“We really wanted this first show to be ‘an amazing adventure’ for glass collectors. They’re going to see dealers there they would not get a chance to see otherwise,” Peacock said. “They will see people with merchandise that will ‘knock their socks off,’ as they say.”

Goshe has set up a display of glassware in the windows at the Civic Center to advertise the show. Peacock provided the burgundy drapery for the backdrop.

Weather does not deter serious collectors, but Peacock said the response to the first event of any kind is hard to predict. One of the people on the show committee is Carol Yager of Crystal Traditions. Peacock said he appreciates her marketing skills and experience. The advertising has gone out all over the country.

“We already know we have people coming to the show from around the United States. … We’ve been planning this for a year, as soon as the Tiffin club announced last year that they were no longer going to do a fall show. We do not want to compete with them,” Peacock said.

He said he believes it is important for children to know the glass-making industry was a big part of the history of Tiffin and Seneca County.

“My mother grew up in Tiffin, so she helped develop my love of glass. When I was a kid, I used to run with my cousins when we came up from North Carolina. We used to run barefoot over to the glass house. They lived on Sixth Avenue, so we’d run over and watch them blow glass,” Peacock recalled. “I come to Tiffin every chance I get.”

Glass enthusiasts also will be able to view local glass collections at three locations. The Seneca County Museum, 28 Clay St., has a large display of Tiffin Glass and pieces from other manufacturers. The Tiffin Glass Museum, 25 S. Washington St., is devoted to glassware produced at the Tiffin factory from 1889-1980. The Glass Heritage Gallery, 109 N. Main St., Fostoria, features glass made in the city’s 10 plants between 1889-1920.

Crystal Traditions, 145 Madison St., is to host demonstrations by Michael McCain and Aidan Scully. A master crystal cutter and designer, Scully is to do crystal hand cutting.

King’s Glass Engraving, 181 S. Washington St., carries glassware crafted by Clyde and David King. The brothers previously worked as cutters at the Tiffin Glass Co.

Glass show patrons can purchase a limited-edition glass pumpkin for $45. Crystal Traditions created 75 pumpkins exclusively for sale at the NWOGA show. Tom and Neila Bredehoft, whom Peacock calls “the royalty of the glass world,” will offer one free glass identification with a paid admission.

Additional pieces can be checked for $1 each.