While attractive to the eye, glass art can also be used for self-defense, providing camouflage in wildflower gardens and reflecting light into the eyes of charging art collectors. Practice fashionable survival with today's Groupon to Fireworx in Moose Jaw. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of in-store glass jewellery and specialty pieces.
- For $40, you get one two-part glass-fusing class (an $80 value).
The first class session takes place at 11 a.m. on the last Sunday of the month and lasts approximately four hours, and the second class session takes place at 11 a.m. on the second Sunday of the month and lasts approximately 1.5 hours. The $35 fee for class materials and firing costs is not included with today’s deal.
Fireworx's Sabine Arends crafts her jewellery, bowls, and other eye-catching creations from hand-cut glass and generously imparts her glass-working savvy unto students during hands-on classes Fusing three or more layers of liquid light, Arends interlays her glass artwork and jewellery with pieces of dichroic glass. The multilayered glass reflects a variety of colours as it peacocks with a metallic sheen, changing its hue depending on the angle of the sun’s mesmerized stare. During a 10- to 12-hour fusion, Arends often re-shapes impressionable baby glass before a final fire polish to achieve a variety of custom crafts. Customers can choose to adopt any piece in the store, including handmade glass pendants ($10 for a small, $34 for a large) and glass and dichroic-glass bowls ($29+) that create stately centerpieces whether holding visible or invisible fruit.
Those opting for the two-part class can learn proper glass-wrestling etiquette while wrangling dichroic and millefiori glasses into light-capturing shapes. Classes are capped at five students to ensure one-on-one attention, an intimate environment, and compact group-hugging. The first four-hour class teaches vitreous wranglers how to cut and layer glass, after which newfound skills get put to use by forging a bowl, five pendants, and five magnets. Once Arends has fired all of the pieces in her dragon-powered kiln, pupils regroup for a second 1.5-hour session to touch up their masterpieces and whisk their newly minted creations home.