Glass has been a staple of Tiffin since the late 1880s, when A. J. Beatty & Sons glass factory relocated to Tiffin. Throughout the years, the factory had been altered, closed, re-opened, burnt down, rebuilt, sold, and expanded. Though the furnaces were shut down in 1980, to this day, Tiffin is still well known for glass production and collections. These collections are still on display and for sale at various locations around the city.
Tiffin Glass Museum
The Tiffin Glass Museum is home to over a thousand pieces of glass that are organized in chronological order to show the evolution and growth of glass production in Tiffin over the years. The museum has been open and sharing the beauty of glass since 1998 when it first opened. This year, they celebrate their 20th anniversary in downtown Tiffin.
In 1980, G.T. Hawkes & Company was founded by Thomas Gibbons Hawkes in Brooklyn, New York. This later spread to over 1,000 cutting shops across the United States due to the high demand of crystal. The G.T. Hawkes & Company trademark is now owned by Hawkes Crystal (located at 207 S. Washington St.), as they revive the brand by translating old designs into new, modern looks. Hawkes recently launched an online store here.
The Poignon Project
The Poignon Project (227 E. Perry St.) offers a wide variety of art culture. In-shop, the owners do everything from glassblowing and woodworking to photography and personalized journals. Also on display are pieces done by members of the community. Through Etsy, the Poignon Project works can be bought in all 50 states. They also offer a variety of art classes in-shop!