Glass provides a resting place for wine, eveningwear for Cinderellas, and a more dramatic exit from 44th-floor windows for Bruce Willises. Shatter artistic inhibitions with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a stained-glass scrapbook-jewelry-making class at Canterbury Stained Glass in Pontiac (a $44 value). This class includes all materials and tools except for personal photos or scrapbook artwork.
The talented artisans at Canterbury Stained Glass draw on their nearly 40 years of experience crafting commissioned artwork to lead small group classes of up to 12 aspiring designers. Crafters of any level can learn the beauty of refracted light during a two-hour Stained Glass Scrapbooking class, which guides participants through the steps of fashioning a wearable piece of scrapbook jewelry. Students bring in prints from home—such as copies of photographs, pieces of artwork, or important plot points torn out of The Great Gatsby—so they can sandwich their prized pictures between two 1.5”x1.5” sheets of clear, beveled glass. Pupils then solder the pieces of glass together and add embellishments, such as eye-catching wire wraps and beads. Completed masterworks assemble into charmed necklaces that drape nicely against barren necklines, and personalized pin-back buttons that add flare to plain shirts or disguise exceptionally ugly Christmas sweaters.
Canterbury Stained Glass
Jeff Warmuth and the talented artisans at Canterbury Stained Glass draw on their nearly 40 years of experience crafting commissioned artwork to fill their showroom and teach others the art of glass manipulation. More than 40 educational programs—divided into short workshops and longer, weeks-long pursuits—focus on beginner, intermediate, and expert glass techniques of all sorts. Students can assemble glass jewelry, fuse patterned glass into bowls, or use their glass-blowing skills to build a see-through glass dome around endangered penguins. A fully stocked shop sells books, glass cutters, and other useful tools for finishing glassmaking and fusing projects.