$54 for an Intro to Fusing Class or an Intro to Bead-Making Class at Aquila Glass School ($109 Value)


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In a Nutshell

  • Hands-on glass-fusion or bead- making course
  • Learn & create in the same day
  • All materials provided

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Promotional value expires Jul 9, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Subject to availability. Must be 13 or older; under 18 must be accompanied by guardian. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Glass lets us look upon things we could not have otherwise seen, like our reflection in a mirror or the Great Outdoors through a television set. Transport eyeballs to other realms with today's Groupon at Aquila Glass School. Choose between the following options:

• For $54, you get admission to an Intro to Fusing class (a $109 value).
• For $54, you get admission to an Intro to Beadmaking class (a $109 value).

The Aquila Glass School started from simple beginnings exclusively as a fused-glass studio before launching its own glasswork curriculum. Beginning glasssmiths are welcomed with the Intro to Fusing class, which provides students with the instruction and materials necessary to create their own colorful glass artwork, such as colorful serving ware or detectives' accessories. At the beginning of each three-hour session, experienced teachers explain the basics of glasswork, including safety tactics and glass-cutting techniques, after which students get to produce six pieces of art—four glass pendants, a glass bowl, and one larger tray—that they can take home after about a week, once the glass hardens.

Intro to Beadmaking encourages guided experimentation with glass torches as students flame baubles under the watchful eye of experienced instructors. Different varieties of glass unveil their secrets as the class plays with consistency. Under the heat of the torch, molten glass shapes into round, square, triangle, and barrel beads, with students taking home about a dozen of their own creations once the material has hardened, about a week after the class. Reservations are required for classes; check the schedule for monthly offerings.

Aquila Glass School

Breaking with the no-nonsense vibe of the shop’s warehouse exterior, Aquila Glass School’s brightly painted loading-dock door hints at the vibrant creativity that waits inside. The full-time working studio simmers with nine kilns as students create their glass into plates, beads, boxes, or Christmas tree ornaments. Students cut their teeth on introductory classes that teach fusing and studio safety, then graduate to more advanced skills such as torch work and marble making. The expansive facility also offers 68 hours of open studio time each week, where graduates of introductory classes return to further their education with more classes or create independent projects with free use of the facilities, tools, and instruction books made entirely of stained glass. For a full schedule of available classes, please click here.

Customer Reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed the fusing workshop! Our instructor did a superb job of introducing us to the basics of fusing glass and then supporting and encouraging us in our own exploration. I was thrilled to know that I could come back another day to finish my pieces. I can't wait!
Victoria E. · July 31, 2012
The instructor was great, very easy going. She knew how to teach people new to the art of bead making and kept us safe. She was very positive and encouraging. We are looking forward to creating more glass art.
Amanda H. · July 31, 2012
I felt so comfortable, learning in the presence of highly experienced artists. It was a pleasure doing something I'd never done before and realized I have an interest in... and that I could actually do more and be creative. It was a pleasure to take the class - I will be doing it again!
Susan R. · July 31, 2012
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