Bay Area Glass Institute

Downtown San Jose

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In a Nutshell

Students in terrarium class learn how to blow molten glass at 2,000 degrees & groups of four cut glass to make plates & coasters

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Glass can be exquisite in its myriad forms, from the ornate windows of a Gothic cathedral to the crystalline webbing of a freshly vandalized windshield. Reflect on beauty with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $79 for a two-hour Make a Terrarium class for one (a $160 value)
  • $79 for a two-hour glass-making experience for four (a $180 value)<p>

Make a Terrarium classes introduce students to hot glass-crafting techniques in a safe environment. After students turn and shape molten glass, terrariums cool for a few days in an annealing oven before they’re ready to be filled with flora. Starter kits are available for an extra fee. During a Party of 4 class, quartets learn to safely cut glass as they create plates, sun catchers, or coasters using colored flat glass.<p>

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.

Customer Reviews

Great volunteer staff, nice workspace area for glass work, parking can be a little trick. overall, a great experience.
A. V. · August 2, 2017
What a fun experience! My mom and I went for the blow-a-bowl class. It was hot in there! Haha. We had so much fun! John and Tony were awesome and fun! Great music, great demonstrations too! We pick them up this Friday! So excited to see what our final result is!
Marni M. · July 24, 2017
My husband and I had such a great time! Our instructor Valerie was awesome!!! It was a lot of fun
Victoria C. · July 19, 2017

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