Many artists have a soft spot for molten glass, due to its willingness to change and its unstable childhood growing up in an active volcano. Fashion treasures from loveable lava crystals with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a glass-blowing workshop for two at Gallery G Glass (a $50 value).
Founded by artist Gary Guydosh and his wife Erica, Gallery G Glass allows glass-blowing greenhorns to test their furnace-sculpting prowess during instructional sessions. Under the watchful eyes of professional blowers, designing duos will utilize the pliability of molten glass to shape holiday ornaments and blossoming flowers. The workshop is fueled by the step-by-step guidance of an experienced artist, and safety equipment, including gloves and muzzles for chatty furnaces, will be supplied. After finishing individual masterpieces, and allowing 24 hours for them to cool, flame-conquering tandems are free to take home their glistening gems to showcase on an empty mantel or give to a teething Christmas tree. No previous glass-blowing experience is necessary; crafters ages 5 and older are welcome to participate in the glass-ornament session, and ages 14 and older may participate in the glass-flower session.
3710 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15201