Creative talents, like houseplants and celebrities, wilt without proper attention. Assemble artistic attention with today's Groupon to the Bay Area Glass Institute. Choose between the following options:
- For $79, you get a two-hour introductory Blow a Float class (a $160 value).
- For $79, you get a two-hour "Party of 4" glass-fusing party for four people (a $180 value).
The dedicated artisans at the Bay Area Glass Institute impart glass blowers of all skill levels with crystal-crafting know-how via introductory workshops. During beginners' Blow a Float classes, a senior instructor and teaching assistant guide each participant through crafting one six- to seven-inch decorative garden ball or glass basketball. Fledgling artists choose a pre-glass mass of colors, heat it to 2,000 degrees, and then blow it into a light-capturing trinket that vibrantly ornaments gardens or living rooms. Each session maintains a cap of six students, enabling attendees to ask questions or concoct elaborate student-teacher handshakes.
Alternatively, "Party of 4" glass-fusing parties cool things off with a heat- and sticky-tack-free lesson in glass fusion. Foursomes learn how to safely cut glass, molding flat colored panels into plates, sun catchers, or sets of four coasters. To accommodate the busiest of bees and humans, sessions meet several times throughout the week.
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.