The Glass Workbench

Saint Charles

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In a Nutshell

Skilled artisans help students craft two kinds of pendants during 90-minute glass-fusing workshops that make use of the onsite kiln.

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Promotional value expires Nov 7, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. 48hr cancellation notice required. Subject to availability. Must be 12 or older; 12-15 must be accompanied by guardian. Services must be used by the same person or people, depending on option purchased. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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.

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  • $20 for a glass-fusing workshop for one (a $40 value)
  • $35 for a glass-fusing workshop for two (an $80 value)<p>

The 90-minute workshops meet Tuesdays and Saturdays as stained-glass experts teach up to 15 students the basics of fusing glass in a kiln, with all tools and supplies provided. Students craft two cabochon pendants, one made with a decal applied to the glass and the other decorated by students with dichroic slide paper and fashioned into a necklace pendant. The pendants are fired in the store’s kiln overnight, then picked up the following day.<p> 

The Glass Workbench

The Glass Workbench—a stained-glass and glass-making specialty store—began as a family-owned enterprise in 1975. Back then, owners Glen and Joanne Bishop chose an old-style building on South Main Street to create their shrine to the age-old art of glassmaking. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the building's 2-foot-thick Burlington limestone walls enclose the shop's inventory of supplies and books about glass arts. They also house mosaic stained-glass artworks by Julie Bishop Day, Glen and Joanne's daughter, who developed the stepping-stone technique for glass decoration. Local crafters take advantage of glassmaking workshops and admire the work of the staff's resident artisans, whose custom stained-glass pieces portray nature imagery and legendary moments in history such as when Ben Franklin invented Windex.

Customer Reviews

Good time, nice folks!
Michael M. · August 26, 2012
Super nice people and a very enjoyable experience! Would do this again!
Kim M. · September 6, 2017
fun experience, would love to do it again.
Dawn · September 5, 2017

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