Besides forming it with your breath, the easiest way to manipulate glass is to threaten to rebury it in the dark, sandy hole where you found it. Turn glass to putty in your hands with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $49 for an introductory glass-blowing class or a BYOB glass-blowing class for one (a $150 value)
- $95 for an introductory glass-blowing class or a BYOB glass-blowing class for two (a $300 value)
Noted eco-artist Tracy Kirchmann presides over glass-blowing classes for all experience levels at Little Black Pearl Workshop. The introductory glass-blowing class is held Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The BYOB glass-blowing class is held Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Students must wear all natural non-synthetic clothing such as cotton, linen, and silk, and need to wear closed-toe shoes. Participants with long hair are also encouraged to bring a cap or wear their hair up. Glass items made in class will be available for pick up during the next business day; clients should call ahead before picking up items.
Little Black Pearl Workshop
On the corner of 47th and Greenwood stands a striking combination of modern and classical architecture, a white stone arts studio with large bay windows welcoming community artists. Founded by Monica Haslip—one of Chicago Magazine’s 2004 Chicagoans of the Year and recipient of the White House’s Youth Violence Prevention “Champions of Change” Award—the Little Black Pearl Workshop offers young people a diverse program curriculum that includes music, ceramics, drawing and painting, and glass-blowing classes. In the Network Café, a vibrant mural overlooks teenagers learning to create, display, and collaborate on digital and multimedia art, and the instructors foster ambitions with an emphasis on the “business of art.”
Besides teaching valuable artistic skills, the workshop’s classes place high value on community-building. The ongoing Collateral Damage project honors Chicago students lost to senseless violence, and the environment encourages peaceful, healthy interactions. By providing a safe place for personal expression and cooperative creation, the Little Black Pearl Workshop helps youth of all ages build lifelong friendships and lasting neighborly bonds.