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.
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.
West Downtown Dearborn
25331 Trowbridge St.
Dearborn, Michigan 48124