Unlike stained coffee mugs or reputations, stained glass is considered less valuable when it’s held together with crazy glue. Up your glass-art assessment with today’s Groupon to Glass Addicts in Sanford. Choose from the following options:
- For $29, you get admission to an intro-to-mosaic Stepping Stones class (a $65 value). Classes for this option are held Monday and Tuesday at 6 p.m.
- For $45, you get admission to a Sandscopes class (a $95 value). Classes for this option are held Friday at 6 p.m.
- For $150, you get admission to a four-week beginners’ stained-glass class (a $325 value). Courses for this option take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Skilled artisan and author Denise Hurley and her crew bestow their extensive glass-art wisdom upon students of all skill levels during informative hands-on classes. During the Stepping Stone classes, which last approximately three hours, attendees arrange colorful glass fragments into a provided pattern atop a 12-inch stone square. The finished piece can be embedded into the ground and is designed to withstand all types of weather. During three–four-hour Sandscopes courses, students unite three beveled-glass sides and two beveled ends to create an enclosed tube, which can then be filled with white sand, shells, or tiny neighborhoods for transient mermaid colonies.
During the beginners’ stained-glass class, students receive step-by-step instruction while creating Tiffany-style glasswork. Like learning how to change a light bulb with your mind, the process begins with basic safety and tool lessons before participants select a preset pattern to transform into a tangible, 12”x16” work of art. Next, blossoming craftspeople cut, grind, and fit together pieces of glass in preparation for foiling and soldering the completed masterpiece. Though Glass Addicts provides all necessary materials, patrons may want to prepare for the potentially messy classes by toting along an apron, overshirt, or a jet-powered vacuum cleaner. Call ahead to reserve spots for all classes.
Most people don't get business calls from Walt Disney World. But, two decades ago, Glass Addicts owner Denise Hurley received just that—along with a request to design and build Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa's carousel horse. In the years since, orders have continued to pour in from Kohl's, The Mirage hotel, and other businesses and collectors seeking Hurley's Tiffany-style stained-glass and art-glass designs. Hurley also builds masterpieces on a smaller scale, restoring and repairing customers’ already existing pieces and building custom panes for homes and offices.
Intent on sharing her talent with others, Hurley teaches classes on formats ranging from mosaic picture frames to stepping stones and more. No previous experience is necessary, as classes accommodate beginners and master artists alike. Sessions take place in spacious, well-lit rooms filled with materials, and students and customers can study from books inspired by Hurley's designs or observe the installment skills of her professional staff.
2418 West First Street
Sanford, Florida 32771