Glass can be exquisite in its myriad forms, from the ornate windows of a Gothic cathedral to the crystalline webbing of a freshly vandalized windshield. Reflect on beauty with this Groupon.
$65 for a 2.5-Hour Glassblowing Class ($135 Value)
Small groups enter the studio to learn the basic tenets of glassworking. The session culminates in each student crafting a paperweight. The paperweights are annealed and cooled overnight. Students then return to grind their pieces and inscribe them with their signatures. Classes are offered every second and fourth Saturday of the month at 9 a.m. on the following dates:
- October 13 and 27
- November 10 and 24
- December 8 and 22
- January 12 and 26
- February 9 and 23
- March 9 and 23
- April 13 and 27
Glass by James Michael & Co.
For James Michael Kahle, the molten material he uses to craft his sculptures and vessels is a living thing, an element that must be cooperated with in order to achieve the desired response. Since beginning his career at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1990, the artisan has come to master a number of methods for creating stunning visual effects, from melding metal and alloys into the glass to encasing air bubbles. James channels his skill into crafting pieces—such as installation pieces, prismatic sinks, and even memorial sculptures forged around the ashes of a departed loved one—for display and use around the home. The glassworker also invites groups into his studio for classes, vigilant as his students work their own pieces in lava-powered ovens reaching more than 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit.