Those who live in glass houses should not only refrain from throwing stones, but they should also never walk around naked. Cloak yourself in creative inspiration with today's Groupon for art classes at Glassique architectural glass design studio. Choose from three options:
- For $42, you get a 3.5-hour glass-fusing class (a $95 value).
- For $55, you get a 4.5-hour stained-glass-making class (a $110 value).
- For $180, you get a one-on-one private-instruction course (a $360 value).
Glassique’s glass guru Richard Heath and associated artist Maya Radoczy fuse more than 60 years of experience into their eight-person glass-design and fabrication classes. During fusing classes, students learn how to cut and fire glass in a kiln before shaping it into portable totems, pendants, and eggbeaters. Stained-glass-making classes teach the ancient art of multicolored glass craft, with artists sculpting broad panels depicting sprightly flora and fauna. Both Heath and Radoczy take artisans under their wings during private instruction, guiding students on the path to singular glass jewelry based on old designs, new inspiration, or the 1986 New York Mets.
Inside Glassique's intimate design studio, light filters through stained-glass artistry and spills color onto the waiting floor. In addition to teaching students, Heath and Radoczy style custom entry doors that open like the growing confidence of their student creators. The glass-fusing and stained-glass classes are available starting September 1.
In 1979, a job repairing and restoring church windows illuminated Richard Heath's passion for glass art, which is now embodied in his design and teaching studio, Glassique. Working with the church's leaded glass spurred Heath to earn a certificate in the restoration of Tiffany works and delve into other fabrication methods such as fusing and foiling. Thereafter, he opened Glassique's first incarnation in San Diego and announced the event by making the stained-glass sign that still decorates the shop.
Missing family, Heath relocated Glassique to be with his four children in Seattle, settling the business in a 2,000-square-foot showroom with a studio for the creation of original commissions and custom reproductions. He and a small team of artists also hold comprehensive 2-D glass art classes. Heath's intricate commissioned work—including a glass portrait of John Wayne—proves that he thinks big. “We don’t teach little things,” Heath told Maple Leaf Life in 2011. “We teach the real art of stained glass.”