Glass provides a resting place for wine, eveningwear for Cinderellas, and a more dramatic exit from 44th windows for Bruce Willises. Shatter artistic inhibitions with today's Groupon to Studio Royal in Henderson. Choose between the following options:
- For $59, you get an introductory glass-blowing class for one (a $150 value).
- For $110, you get an introductory glass-blowing class for two (a $300 value).
The studio offers classes five days a week at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; call ahead to schedule an upcoming date and time.
Studio Royal’s craftsman, Robert Shield, demonstrates mastery over the ancient art of glass fusion while guiding students in introductory pendant-crafting classes. Robert's own creations have graced the tables and wedding cakes of celebrities and nobility, including the Duke and Duchess of York, and his introductory classes allow students to shape their own delicate pieces. Before helming their own glass-crafting legacies, students review essential safety precautions that conclude with wearing a suit of hand-blown body armor for good measure. High-powered torches then cast a warm glow over the studio as students melt and blow their crude glass templates into elegant spirals.
For more than 20 years, master glass blower Robert Shield has crafted his crystalline figures for people around the world, his masterpiece being a glass carriage and horse that he gifted to the British Royal Family. Seated before the azure flame of a torch, Robert can make a swan appear out of a plain glass tube, bending and blowing the hot, translucent material until it resembles the bird's feathered body and arcing neck, before smashing the piece because he hates swans. From his academy, Robert edifies protégés in the glass-manipulating arts, guiding beginners through creating festive ornaments and tear-drop necklaces, and empowering aspiring artisans to fire up saleable spun glass.