Creating a masterwork of art can be like wandering through a maze—after a lengthy period of reflection and contemplation, you’ll still probably starve. Appreciate the figurative risks and transcendent joys of artistic creativity with today’s Groupon to Girl Glass. Choose between two options:
- For $59, you get a two-person glass-blowing experience (a $125 value).
- For $59, you get $135 worth of handmade glass.
Glass artisan Shannon Jane Morgan breathes vibrant life into her own purchasable works of art and teaches novices to do the same. In the glass-blowing experience, Shannon helps two students design one personalized piece of glass art. Select the color and shape of your molten brainchild, then twist and turn gooey glass into a beautiful mélange. Students can sip from provided bottles of water as eager tongues flame-lick burgeoning art.
After creating a transparent expression of inner angst, elation, or cheese-fry cravings, say goodbye to your hot glass masterpiece so it can harden in an on-site annealing oven. Like an angry spouse fed up with your penchant for impromptu soup fights, art is cooled off and ready to come home in about 18 hours; finished pieces can be retrieved during daily pickup times or by appointment. Reservations are required to attend a class, and students should wear cotton clothing and closed-toe shoes.
For hands-off fans of handcrafting, let Shannon's digits do the work, and purchase one of her crystalline objects for fashion or function. A small flowered vase mocks the mortality of its fragile contents ($95–$125), and Renaissance-inspired goblets welcome sudsy mead ($80–$125 each). Decorative figurines include Shannon's signature pumpkins, which turn into stained-glass stagecoaches every time you scrub the floor ($65 each).
Largely self-taught, Shannon Jane Morgan has spent the last 21 years firing up her furnaces and creating delicate, one-of-a-kind works of glass art as the owner and founder of Girl Glass. Her pieces include gracefully curved vases; pigment-dappled paperweights; and whimsical, translucent pumpkins. During classes, Morgan shares her years of carefully cultivated expertise with students, delving into the nuances of molten glass with blowing and shaping tutorials.