$39 for a Glassblowing Workshop to Make Ornament or Ball at Glass Bubble Project ($80 Value). 26 Dates Available.

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Glass artisans lead creative, hands-on workshops to reheat & shape molten glass into custom ornament using 2,000-degree furnace

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Expiration varies. Limit 1 per person, may buy 5 additional as gifts. Valid only for date purchased. Valid only for ages 6 and up. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Glass provides a resting place for wine, eveningwear for Cinderellas, and a more dramatic exit from 44th-floor windows for Bruce Willises. Shatter artistic inhibitions with today's Groupon: for $39, you get to attend a two- or three-hour glassblowing workshop to make a custom ornament or ball at the Glass Bubble Project (an $80 value). Choose from the following options:

  • Choose from workshops that take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday:

    • November 18
    • December 2
    • December 9
    • December 16
    • December 23
    • December 30
    • January 6
    • January 13
    • January 20

  • Choose from workshops that take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday:

    • November 19
    • November 26
    • December 3
    • December 10
    • December 17
    • December 31
    • January 7
    • January 14
    • January 21

  • Choose from workshops that take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday:

    • November 20
    • November 27
    • December 4
    • December 11
    • December 18
    • January 8
    • January 15
    • January 22

Glass Bubble Project's glass artisans stoke a 2,000-degree kiln to shape recycled metal and hand-blown glass into custom molten creations that founders Mike Kaplan and Chris McGillicutty describe as Clevetion glass for their durable and industrial qualities that evoke the city of Cleveland. Expert glassblowers lead students through a two- to three-hour workshop where they will reheat and shape molten glass into a custom-glass ornament or ball to hang from a Christmas tree or neglected basketball hoop. Students learn this ancient art in a hands-on atmosphere, gathering glass from the furnace, then swinging and shaping their molten blob. Wine, beer, fruit juice, and refreshments from the West Side Market fuel creativity as students mold their crystalline masterpieces.

Glass Bubble Project

Glass Bubble Project's owners Mike Kaplan and Chris McGillicutty are business partners, friends, and working artists. Beginning in 1998, they repurposed their garage space into a working studio where professional artists and students create side by side, firing delicate one-of-a-kind masterpieces—and, according to Cleveland Magazine, the occasional grilled cheese sandwich—in the shop's 2,000-degree furnace. Their glass-blowing and welding classes teach adults and children to create one-of-a-kind artwork as nearby artists at work bolster creativity. Besides classes, the studio invites guests to watch their free public demonstrations and grants private studio time to artists in need and broken bottles looking for a fresh start.

The shop's resident artists craft and sell sconces, chandeliers, and vases from recycled glass and repurposed metal. Nicknamed “Clevetion Glass” to simultaneously lampoon delicate Venetian glass and celebrate Cleveland's heartiness, their blend of industrial parts and elegant glasswork toughens up the décor of private residences and commercial buildings, such as the Ritz Carlton, all across the country.

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