Glass provides a resting place for wine, evening wear for Cinderellas, and a more dramatic exit from 44th-floor windows for Bruce Willises. Shatter artistic inhibitions with today's Groupon: for $50, you get a two-hour glassblowing class at Glass n Fire, in Fort Collins (a $100 value).
From simple elements such as fire and glass, the eponymous art factory shapes alluring jewelry, stunning sea and wildlife sculptures, and gorgeous vases. In a small group environment, typically consisting of three to five students, owner and experienced glassblower Ron Murphy shows budding conflagration tamers how to craft memorable pieces using torch melting rods and tubes, demonstrating how to safely maneuver a fiery stream by pulling back on the dragon's reins. In this two-hour class in which all supplies are included, budding glassblowers will create two or three objects, such as a mushroom or teddy bear, depending on personal skill levels. Handcrafted pieces can be taken home after the lesson and given as memorable keepsakes to loved ones or proudly displayed as commemorative hood ornaments.
Glass n Fire
Glass n Fire owner Ron Murphy has followed a lifetime fascination with glass sculpture by crafting models of animals and teaching students the fine art of molten manipulation for more than four decades. Along with sons Burt and Keith, Ron specializes in replicating the untamed colors and graceful movements of aquatic creatures including sea turtles, octopi, and Atlantis's figure skaters. In order to hone in on details such as the eye of an octopus or the crest of a seahorse, the family ventured to Ecuador, where they spent five years perfecting original jewelry and sculpture designs. During classes, the master wildlife sculptor and his lifetime-trained instructors teach glass-sculpting essentials and lead students through the steps to create works of art, which they can take home to display on bureaus or lay by windows to thwart barefoot burglars.
1909 Timberline Ln.
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