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.
$49 for a Big Bubble Blow and Twirl Bead Class ($100 value)
Before classes begin, groups of eight students tour Glass Academy's shop, gaining a behind-the-scenes glance at the artists' process. After the tour, students command the torch area during the Big Bubble Blow and Twirl Bead class, forming their own twirl beads using heated colored glass rods. As they wait for beads to cool, students join the master glassblower for a demonstration of how to blow a molten blob of glass into a huge bubble at the end of a 5-foot hollow steel rod before trying the technique themselves. For every Groupon purchased from this deal, $2 will be donated to the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor. Students must return to collect their artwork within 30 days, or it will be donated to charity.
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.