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 $50, you get two glass-art classes, including firing fees, at Art Bayou (a $100.70 value).
Art Bayou welcomes beginning and experienced artists to join two of its three-hour sessions on glass fusion. Instructors impart the secrets of layering glass to be melted into masterpieces suitable for home decoration and bodily adornment. Between the lime-green walls of a high-ceilinged art studio, students lay out the materials provided by Art Bayou over wide wooden tables as they prepare to fashion their trio of pieces. Pupils prepare a 6-inch slumped glass dish for holding decorative legumes (a $30 value), a freeform opus of up to 8 inches (a $40 value), and a 2-inch bauble that can hang from a silver chain as a pendant or be grafted to a refrigerator magnet (a $15 value). Dishes, decorations, and amulets may take multiple firings to self-actualize.