Much like a lead balloon, blowing glass rarely leads to any flightworthy results—unless, of course, you blow a blimp in the shape of dreams. Burst your thirst for exhaling exquisite works of glassy art with today's deal: for $79, you get a glassblowing class at Bay Area Glass Institute, a nonprofit organization committed to the glass-oriented arts. All equipment is provided and the staff kindly asks students to dress appropriately; ergo, leave any open-toed steel-toe boots at home. Additionally, at the end of your experience class, you'll receive a $100 off coupon for the Glass Blowing 1 A class (normally $550) that can be used over the following three months.
Take your bubblegum skills to the big leagues during your two-hour Glass Experience class, where veteran crystal-coercers will teach you to breathe life into the clear, molten medium as it swelters at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Through ample amounts of hands-on learning, you'll make two separate pieces by the end of class—a handy glass paperweight to keep your future glassblowing awards from blowing away and a delicate glass flower to blow away a lover after blowing them off for glassblowing class. To lessen the drama, gift this Groupon as a gift to your aforementioned paramour, or to any deserving student over the age of 16 (students under 18 must have a parent- or guardian-signed waiver).
Founded by four fiery students from San Jose State University in 1996, Bay Area Glass Institute continues to influence the community through both classes and public events. This introductory class (which is held open on first priority to the Groupon populace) provides a rare sneak peek into the practical world of glassblowing. Sign-up and waivers for this class can be found here.
While Bay Area Glass Institute has not received many reviews, it was featured in The Wave magazine, and six Yelpers give it a 4.5-star average. Press coverage regarding the Institute's numerous events can be found at its website.
- The only nonprofit art school in Santa Clara County, BAGI was started in 1996 by a few San Jose State University students. Now the artistic hub of glass art in the South Bay, it is the only affordable place to learn hands-on glassblowing skills from experts such as Silkwood. – Mitchell Alan Parker, The Wave
- I have taken a beginner glass blowing series there and found the class to be very good. I was very happy with the personal attention I got and the style of teaching they used. – Tony P., Yelp
- BAGI is a great little place to get your feet wet with glass work. The atmosphere is very relaxed. – Stacy K., Yelp
Bay Area Glass Institute
The nonprofit Bay Area Glass Institute supports glass arts in its community by providing affordable studio space for artists, holding events and exhibits of local work, and teaching basic classes. Students create delicate glass art using cold techniques or acquire the basics of glass blowing as they rotate molten glass at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit to make bowls, vases, and flowers. A store on the premises sells elegant and innovative work by the local glass artists affiliated with the institute.
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