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.
North City Farms
2648 21st Ave.
Sacramento, California 95820