Just like breakups, the art of blowing glass creates hardened, delicate pieces that preserve the spontaneity of a whisper or a sigh in one-of-a-kind forms. Today's deal preserves your own moment in time, or lets you take home someone else's inspired, hardworking moments: $20 gets you $40 toward your choice of glass-blowing workshops or handsome blown-glass gifts at Corradetti Glass Studio and Gallery.
Make your own blown-glass holiday ornament to take home at Corradetti's mini workshop on December 12 or 19 ($40 per ornament). Why settle for an angry-looking frog trapped in a piece of amber when you could experience the thrill of blowing your own lung air into a piece of molten glass that will harden and forever commemorate your breath when you hang it on the tree.
If you are worried about molten glass blowback that would turn the blowpipe into a deadly drinking straw, take heart that this is a scientific impossibility, forever protecting you from the dreaded nickname “glassmouth.” Get even more time with the molten glassy goodness when you put your Groupon toward a one-day class ($195).
If the idea of workshops doesn’t blow your glass, you can put your Groupon toward one of Corradetti's fine pieces of blown glass. One-of-a-kind ornaments ($22) make thoughtful gifts, and glass candies ($6) hilariously teach sweet-toothed children not to sneak an early dessert. Paperweights adorn otherwise-boring corporate desks with heart-shaped or round orbs of color ($30), and glass olives ($10) can make your glass of straight-up water appear refined. Get your Halloweeny hunny a blown-glass pumpkin ($40) to display all year, or send your significant other a flower ($18) that'll last well beyond sweeps week.
Though Corradetti Glass Studio's clients haven't blown their artful air toward the interwebs, the studio shares some customer testimonials on its website:
- My girlfriend has been wanting to try out working with glass for a while and so you gave me the opportunity to make a bit of that dream a reality, so thank you again! – Alex
- OHMIGOSH! I am in LOVE with my paperweight! It is gorgeous and hypnotic to touch! Your instructors are SO kind and SO patient. I've worked with three different people and they have each been delightful. – Julee
- Thanks for giving me the chance to explore and understand your great world and I now appreciate how hard it is to make a piece of glass come out perfect...Emma...is a great teacher and understands that it is hard starting out and has a great amount of patience and is willing to help out when she can. – Ken
The Glass Man
The dusty red light of the setting sun poured through the lone window of the concrete basement as the glass man teetered cautiously from side to side. He was too rigid to take a step without splitting, but he was so desperate to see the world outside that he rocked himself back and forth as well as his brittleness allowed.
“I know!” thought Annie, and she fetched her grandfather’s glassblowing implements, utilizing them safely, but nonetheless in a way that children must never attempt. She took a heated rod and rested it gently, first on his shoulders, then hips and knees, until all his joints were momentarily pliable enough for limited locomotion.
“You want to look out the window?” Annie asked, the hot bar loosening the glass man’s neck into a nod. His face was smooth and featureless, like an ovoid soap bubble. She could see her own curiosity reflected in his emptiness.
With the sound of two flower vases rubbing against each other, the glass man took her hand and carefully made his way to the window, stiffening solemnly in the twilight as he gazed upon a world that could only break him.
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