There are more stars than grains of sand, and glass is often made from sand—ergo, the Milky Way must be a cleverly disguised glass eyeball. See your way through the glass-making process with today's Groupon: for $70, you get the four-hour Glass Artist for the Day program (a $140 value) at the Art Glass Center of San Jose, which is a project of the San Jose Glass Artist Alliance. Check the schedule of upcoming sessions here.
Glass Artist for the Day is an educational experience that gives beginners interested in glass making the opportunity to make original pieces of glass art. Students will be taught basic techniques needed to create three glass pieces. Although the objects change from class to class, there are three areas of general focus: torch working (examples include a sculpted flower or a small animal), fused glass (examples include a 6" tile, a dish, or a scale replica of Herbert Hoover), and stained glass (examples include a sun catcher made with the copper-foil method).
Participants will be taught glass safety, how to cut and prepare the glass, and how to finish a glass piece. All equipment is provided for each class, and Art Glass Center's professionals will assist in firing the student-made pieces to make sure Hansel and Gretel don't push anyone into the kiln. Classes are limited to eight people, which means the helpful staffers are accessible at all times to guide newcomers through a world of glassy dreams. The torch-working and stained-glass projects can be taken home the same day, whereas fused-glass projects need to be fired in the kiln overnight and picked up or mailed the next day.
Ten Yelpers give the Art Glass Center of San Jose a 4.5-star average:
Art Glass Center of San Jose
After forming the San Jose Glass Artist Alliance, area artists took their creative passion one step further with the Art Glass Center of San Jose, a refracted haven where they could share their individual expertise with students. Inside the spacious, brightly lit confines, the artists instruct fledgling glassworkers on how to craft distinct pieces in the form of picture frames, coasters, and sun catchers. Following classes, students are encouraged to stay for open lab time, where they can continue working on projects while wearing their old 7th-grade-science lab coats.