People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, unless they're glassblowers, who often destroy their homes just so they can re-inflate them. Add a touch of glass with today's Groupon: for $99, you get a four-hour glassblowing class at Glasscraft in Golden (a $199 value). Click here for Glasscraft's workshop schedule.
Glasscraft Inc. educates aspiring artists in the intricate art of molding glass in the tradition of founder Homer Hoyt, who wrote the book on glassblowing. After selecting either a bead- or sculpture-focused lampworking course, apprentices of all skill levels and blood types spend four hours creating take-home masterpieces under the tutelage of Glasscraft’s seasoned glassblowers. Manipulate glass into an assortment of colorful jewelry beads during the bead workshop, allowing them to cool slowly overnight before collecting them to display around necks or debutante sausage links. During this class, students also create a take-home shot glass. The sculpture workshop pairs glass grapplers with hard glass, with which students create sturdy sculptural flowers.
An average of six students make up each class, allowing each crafter to receive any necessary one-on-one attention from Glasscraft’s staff, who pride themselves on catering to their pupils' needs and keeping their studio safe, clean, and as well-alphabetized as Mr. T's vitamin cabinet.
Homer Hoyt founded the glass-arts school Glasscraft in 1970, the same year he penned the book Glassblowing: An Introduction to Solid and Blown Glass Sculpturing. Both creations have aged well: his book remains in print, and his school, staffed by qualified instructors who teach the intricate art of molding glass, continues to thrive. Inside safe, clean studios, students learn to decorate the surface of beads with swirls of color and create sculptures with solid insides perfect for concealing genies from jealous family members. Guest artists often visit the school to lead workshops centered around their specialization.
411 Violet St.
Golden, Colorado 80401