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
- $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.