$49 for an Intro-to-Glassblowing Class at Glass Academy in Dearborn ($100 Value)

West Downtown Dearborn

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Experienced glass artisans help up to 8 students at once turn molten glass into colorful paperweights suffused with individual flair

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Promotional value expires May 26, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 4 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Must be 16 or older. Ages 16-17 require guardian consent. Must sign waiver. Subject to rescheduling. Extra fee for guided tours. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Those who live in glass houses should never throw stones, shower, or let the neighbor borrow the glasscutter. Fashion glass to work in your favor with this Groupon: for $49, you get an intro-to-glassblowing class at Glass Academy in Dearborn (a $100 value). The 2.5-hour classes are held on varying Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from March through May. Check the class page for available dates and times.

Since the visionary artistic couple Chris Nordin and Michelle Plucinsky began Glass Academy, the state-certified glass-arts trade school has instilled community members with glassblowing, stained-glass, and other silica-shaping know-how. During each introductory session, up to 8 students follow the steady hands of the two instructors while designing and molding molten glass into paperweights swirled with intricate bubbles and pockets of pixie dust for emergency use only. Each student twirls a bubble of glowing silica around a steel rod, forging a basic bead suffused with one-of-a-kind style. Within one week, novice artisans return to the studio to retrieve paperweights after they have properly cooled.

Glass Academy's 14,000-square-foot warehouse space simulates glass’s natural wooded habitat with more than 60 potted ferns. Because of the heat from the molten glass, open-toe shoes are not allowed and water or sports drinks are recommended. After class, students can visit the studio's attached gallery to peruse professionally crafted ornaments, vases, mugs, and bowls, as well as commissioned works.

Glass Academy

Since the visionary artistic husband-and-wife team of Chris Nordin and Michelle Plucinsky began Glass Academy, the state-certified glass-arts trade school has instilled glassblowing and other silica-shaping know-how into community members. The studio leads classes for all skill levels of craftsmen, ranging from introductory sessions to private lessons with a master glassblower. An on-site gallery showcases the fruits of their labors, which customers take home once they are completed. Handcrafted, custom works such as paperweights, beer mugs, and signature piece Detroit Puddle, created by pouring hot glass over a sewer cap, are available for purchase.

When not shaping delicate masterpieces, the staff shares their love of art with the outside world, leading educational tours of their 14,000-square-foot studio space. They also host gatherings including parties with demonstrations and explanations of the glass-blowing process as well as corporate training events, during which employees participate in a team-building, hands-on workshop. Glass Academy frequently hosts other fun events and fundraisers, including beer tastings, coffee nights, and drop-in workshops.

Customer Reviews

Great experience, awesome instructors - very helpful, fun and patient. Would recommend for a small group. Beautiful unique hand blown/made glass items for sale also.
Jody I. · February 10, 2017
My sister and I purchased this groupon as a Christmas gift for our mother. We went together to the class, which was small and intimate, and really enjoyed the experience. The instructor was amazingly patient, kind, and enthusiastic - we enjoyed working with him a great deal!
Christine E. · February 6, 2017
What a fun experience! We all got to blow a large glass bubble just to get the experience of actually blowing glass. Then we each made a custom icicle that I just love. The staff was so patient, professional, and clearly happy to work for this company. We can't wait to go back!
Sally Z. · February 5, 2017
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    West Downtown Dearborn

    25331 Trowbridge St.

    Dearborn, Michigan 48124


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