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 this Groupon.
$89 for a Glass-Blowing Class to Make Two Pumpkins ($180 Value)
Instructor Saul Alcaraz introduces groups of two to four students to the art of glass blowing, providing enough material for two pieces per person and giving them free, though supervised, rein to create their own glass pumpkins. Students will learn to remove molten glass from the oven then roll and shape it into two pumpkins just in time to decorate homes for the Halloween season. Check the website for class times.
Santa Barbara Glassblowing Studio
Most days, Saul Alcaraz can be found toiling over his 2,000-degree glass oven, often surrounded by an enraptured crowd. A surprisingly graceful practice, his glass-blowing is often as artful as a ballet performed in a volcano as he deftly spins, rolls, blows, and cuts his pieces. Having studied the craft since 1988, today Alcaraz splits his time between making effervescently vivid pieces—such as such as custom lamps and iridescent perfume bottles—and teaching teens and adults to do the same. In classes, he trusts his students to work toward shaping their own forms, even helping them introduce color into their creations to make them more attractive bait for trapping rainbows.