Glass by James Michael


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Experienced glass casters guide students through techniques of molten glassworking so they can create their own shaped paperweight pieces

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Once relegated to windows and mirrors, glass now holds its own as an artistic medium due to its ability to discreetly slash the canvas of rival art-show pieces. Keep glass art on your side with this Groupon.

$82 for a Glass-Casting Class ($165 Value)

Small groups of up to 20 enter the studio to learn the basic techniques of glass casting, culminating in the creation of one of three items: two paperweights, one twist-shaped and one flower-shaped; two heart-shaped paperweights; or two flower-shaped pieces. The items are annealed and cooled overnight, after which students return to grind their pieces, inscribe them with their signatures, and take them home. Classes begin at 9 a.m. Choose from the following dates and projects:

  • Saturday, May 11 (twists, flowers, or combination of both)
  • Saturday, May 18 (two hearts)
  • Saturday, May 25 (two flowers)
  • Saturday, June 1 (twists, flowers, or combination of both)
  • Saturday, June 8 (two hearts)
  • Saturday, June 15 (two flowers)

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.

Customer Reviews

Great experience.
Michelle P. · June 17, 2013
It was great! My only tip would be to really pay attention during the demonstration, because when it is your turn things go really fast. One of the best experiences that have ever had. My husband and I are going to take another class. James Michael is such a interesting fellow. I really liked him. Angelique
AM B. · April 14, 2015
Amazingly fun!
Kristin K. · April 12, 2015

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