Without stained glass, people would be forced to wear tinted spectacles to color cathedral windows. Decorate your world with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $55 worth of stained-glass classes at Fusion Stained Glass Studio.
Fusion Studio shepherds students through the process of making their own stained-glass pieces with classes for neophytes and doyens alike. In the four-session Beginning Stained Glass class ($50 plus the cost of tools), master glassmakers help students design, cut, foil, and solder a duo of stained-glass panels. Tools for this class cost about $140 and are not covered in this Groupon, but a 10% discount is available to those who purchase the materials at the studio, and sharing of tools is encouraged.
Enthusiasts can enroll in a bevy of post-beginner classes, including the two-part Basic Mosaic ($50), Stepping Stones, a one-session class where students create a sparkling garden stone for simultaneously brandishing at and dazzling pesky gnomes ($55), or Beginning Fusing, which teaches the design and creation of necklaces, earrings, bowls, and dishes in one session ($62.50).
The brightly lit, comfortable shop is chock-full of glass pieces made by local artisans, including framed glass pieces, window glass, jewelry, boxes, and colored orbs that replace ordinary glass eyes with an extraordinary art piece.