$30 for an Introductory Stained-Glass or Glass-Fusing Class at Suevel Studios in Arlington Heights ($60 Value)

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Instructors help pupils harness colorful baubles of scrap glass to craft stained-glass panels or fuse glass pendants

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Glass is the quintessential shapeshifter, playing every role from color-soaked cathedral window to the planetary fishbowl that keeps the earth's oceans from soaking the moon. Explore glass's other applications with this Groupon.

$30 for an Introductory Stained-Glass or Glass-Fusing Class ($60 Value)

In introductory stained-glass courses, glass specialists bestow students with the materials necessary for completing a 4"x4" panel using vibrant baubles of scrap glass. Instructors help with pattern making and glass cutting before divulging the secrets of the copper-foil technique, allowing students to artfully solder and finish their pieces. Participants emerge with a colorful, handmade panel. Alternatively, in two-hour introductory glass-fusing classes, students use provided materials to forge a fused-glass pendant to be worn on a necklace or inset within a stained-glass piece.

Suevel Studios

Eric and Markay Suevel have run the eponymous Suevel Studios—a full-service glass studio that creates custom pieces and hosts classes—for more than 30 years. Both proprietors have practiced the art for decades, but their partnership marries two distinct approaches. Eric learned the craft at a young age from his uncle, and Markay possesses a liturgical perspective as an ordained minister with a master’s in divinity. They cut and fuse alongside a team of worldly and learned glassworkers, all of whom bring their own specific expertise to the table, whether doing restoration work or mosaics. The studio's stained-glass work lights up churches, homes, and restaurants as well as their students’ faces after they complete one of 25 classes. There, apprentices acquire the skills required to decorate household windows or liven up bland, translucent reading glasses.

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