Glass provides a resting place for wine, eveningwear for Cinderellas, and a more dramatic exit from 44th floor windows for Bruce Willises. Shatter artistic inhibitions with today's Groupon: for $35, you get an introductory stained-glass course at Ed’s Emporium Stained Glass Studio (a $75 value) in Bossier City.
Ed and Carol Allen and their son, Eric, bring more than 35 years of artisanal experience to each stained-glass introduction, making their craft accessible with simple guidance and take-home results. In the Emporium’s introductory workshop, students use professional tools, materials, and incantations to turn disparate bits of glass and metal into a colorful, cohesive masterpiece. Amateur artists fashion patchwork hearts, nurturing skills that may one day give rise to a stone-proof glass house. Workshops take place in the Emporium’s private learning space and are limited to 10 people to ensure that each pupil gets individualized attention.
Groupon holders should call ahead or sign up online for a workshop time, and should arrive snugly inside a pair of close-toe shoes. Ed’s studio provides the ideal activity for a first date, girls' night out, or diversion while you siphon gas from a friend’s car. Groups of five or more can schedule their own private sessions.
At Ed's Emporium, it's been a family affair for more than 35 years. Husband-and-wife team Ed and Carol Allen own and operate the establishment and—with their son, Eric—can help bring your stained-glass dreams to life. If you're looking to widen your glass-work skills, they can recommend tools and supplies or guide you through classes on fusing and cutting.