Glass provides a resting place for wine, evening wear for Cinderellas, and a more dramatic exit from 44th-floor windows for Bruce Willises. Shatter artistic inhibitions with today's Groupon: for $54, you get admission to an intro to bead-making class at Aquila Glass School in Kenton (a $109 value).
Aquila Glass School combines a working studio with a glasswork school staffed by a team of talented artists such as Leah Pellegrini, a full-time glass artist for the past seven years. The two-hour intro to bead-making class equips glass-smiths with the know-how and tools to make their own colorful glass beads. After acquainting each student jeweler with studio safety protocol, proper handling of glass torches, and how to dominate a game of marbles, apprentice artisans then learn hands-on how to craft molten glass into squares, triangles, barrels, donuts, or donut racks. Students will also apply handiwork toward decorating their beads with glass rods. All the necessary materials are provided. Reservations are required for classes; check the schedule for monthly bead-making 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.