Glass can be exquisite in its myriad forms, from the ornate windows of a Gothic cathedral to the crystalline webbing of a freshly vandalized windshield. Reflect on beauty with today's Groupon to Lotus Design Group in Stuart. Choose between the following options:
- For $99, you get a one-hour BYOB glass-blowing class for two (a $200 value).
For $189, you get a two-hour BYOB glass-blowing class for four (a $400 value).
Lotus Design Group's experienced glass blower, Rick Eggert, ignites creativity by teaching students to forge liquid glass into glittering art through one-on-one instruction. During the private BYOB classes, novice and experienced glass blowers sip libations brought from home as they discuss safety, tools, and color application before wielding soldering irons and torches borrowed from nearby angry mobs. Once glass puddles cool to a chilly 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit, duos and foursomes coax pleasing contours from liquid sand as Rick keeps his eagle eyes peeled for danger. Each student gets 30 minutes of one-on-one attention from the teacher as he or she handcrafts personalized gifts or counterfeit glass slippers within the waterfront studio.
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Rick Eggert can take the heat. During his daily labors in front of a 2,400-degree furnace, he gathers wads of molten glass on a metal rod in order to stretch, cut, and bend the glowing silica into eye-catching forms. Eggert received his BFA in glass sculpture over a decade ago, and has since traveled from his native New York to Tahiti, New Zealand, Thailand, and finally Florida, where he founded Lotus Design Group. There, he oversees a small production line where he practices both centuries-old Venetian techniques and more modern approaches to the form to create pieces both for commercial sale and to fulfill his own artistic inspiration. Additionally, Eggert leads a variety of classes that explore these techniques through a hands-on approach, where students learn to craft their own bowls, vases, and stone-proof glass houses.