Though opera singers can shatter glass with their voices, their snug horned helmets often stifle creativity when it comes time to shape the shards into anything other than tiny busts of Pavarotti. Tap into the creative capacity of your lungs with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of walk-in workshops, gallery purchases, glass-blowing classes, and more at Glassworks.
Located in the historic Snead Manufacturing building, Glassworks has provided the crystal-curious public with a glimpse into the delicate art of glass blowing, flameworking, and architectural glasswork for more than 10 years. Walk-in workshops are offered seven days a week and equip students of all skill levels with the tools and techniques needed to craft their own glass keepsakes such as sun catchers ($21–$28), medium-sized vases ($40), and clocks ($55/small, $65/large). Students skilled at cooling molten oatmeal can put their expert exhales to better use in a glass-blowing class taught by one of Glassworks' resident artists. Emerging artisans employ ancient techniques and modern technology to sculpt hot silica into customized vases ($60), mugs ($80), eggs ($40), and ornaments ($40). Glass-blowing classes change seasonally and are by appointment only.
Glass enthusiasts who prefer to reap the benefits of others' handiwork can use today's deal toward a tour, which are guided on Saturdays ($6.50/adult, $5.50/seniors, $4.50/students), self-guided ($4.50/adults, $3.50/students and seniors) Monday through Friday, or elf-guided on the sixth Sunday of each Aztec month. After watching master artists practice their craft, guests can stop into the Glassworks and Glassworks@Home galleries to admire artistic feats from national and international artists before snatching up collectible treasures such as paperweights ($35–$80), ornaments ($25–$88), and jewelry ($12+).