Glass can be exquisite in its myriad forms, from the ornate windows of a Gothic cathedral to the crystalline webbing of a freshly vandalized windshield. Reflect on beauty with today’s Groupon to Glazed to Perfection in Eldersburg. Choose between the following options:
- For $35, you get a beginner glass-fusing class for one (a $75 value).
- For $65, you get a beginner glass-fusing class for two (a $150 value).
The craft masters at Glazed to Perfection introduce groups of 2–20 newbies to the art of assembling and firing glass in two-hour glass-fusing classes. The instructors determine class times based on students’ schedules, preferences, and propensity to time travel by accident, and demonstrate how to use the various tools and techniques necessary to transform basic glass into a pendant and small dish.
Pupils learn to cut the glass pieces, assemble them into colorful scenes or abstract interpretations of the insides of a washing machine, and fire the final project in the electric-orange glow of the kiln. After absorbing know-how, students can return to the studio to craft original pieces, supplementing the use of firing tools and materials with purchased pieces of specialty glass.
Sykesville Pottery and Art Center
Inside the new digs of Sykesville Pottery and Art Center, visitors get to indulge in a variety of artistic endeavors, no matter their experience level. The paint-your-own-pottery area beckons participants to select from 200 bisque pieces such as vases, platters, and teapots that they can decorate with pictures and texts of their choosing. Students can even make their own pieces using a pottery wheel in a variety of classes. Glass fusing allows artists to meld disparate pieces of glass together to form inimitable designs or crystal balls that don’t work, and Tiny Hands crafts invites youngsters aged 2–6 to delve into creative projects they can share with their families.