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 $75, you get a two-hour glass-blowing, glass-fusing, or flame-working class for two at Neusole Glassworks (a $150 value).
Expert instructors at Neusole Glassworks guide students of all experience levels through a variety of glass-forging techniques within their public-access studio. The studio provides equipment and materials to ensure students are spared the inconvenience of melting down their collection of glass eyeballs. Students can opt for a lesson in glass-blowing to sculpt molten glass with a blowpipe, or shift the focus to glass-fusing to mold and manipulate glass inside a kiln. The flame-working class allows artists to emblazon glass with complex designs or subtle mantras explaining why glass kicks plastic's assets.
At Neusole Glassworks, gurus of all stripes and skill levels come together to fuse, blow, and mold glass both for independent projects and classes that explore the art form. The nonprofit facility sets the stage for inspired creation with flame-working, hotshop, and fusing studios that help the crew and their pupils transform raw materials into polished paperweights, unique pendants, and colorful new windshields. Upstairs, Neusole Glassworks invites browsers to tote pieces home from the gift shop or let their eyes feast on the myriad colors and textures at Atmosphere @ Neusole—a gallery for emerging artists and the facility’s students. In addition to welcoming anyone into its facility, Neusole Glassworks dispatches a mobile glassblowing studio to enliven street fairs and churn out slippers for palace dance parties.