Creating a masterwork of art can be like wandering through a maze: after a lengthy period of reflection and contemplation, you’ll still probably starve. Appreciate the figurative risks and transcendent joys of artistic creativity with today’s Groupon to Janke Studios. Choose between the following options:
- For $75, you get a couples glass-blowing class package (up to a $160 value) including the following:
- 90 minutes of studio time
- One shared appetizer from Serpas—choose crispy duck rolls, eggplant hushpuppies with blue cheese, or andouille-sausage pigs in a blanket
- Complimentary wine
- For $450, you get a glass-blowing party for up to 12 people (up to a $960 value) including the following:
- Three hours of studio time
- Six shared appetizers from Serpas—choose a combination of crispy duck rolls, eggplant hushpuppies with blue cheese, and andouille-sausage pigs in a blanket
- Complimentary wine
Under the tutelage of Matt Janke, students can transform solid raw glass into molten syrup that's perfect for fashioning elegant works of art or sabotaging stacks of pancakes. During couples sessions, the studio generally hosts just two pairs, ensuring budding artists get plenty of personal attention and ample room for glass-jousting tournaments. Over 90 minutes, each student forges both a glass flower and a paperweight, the latter of which can be inscribed with a date or a short message revealing one's true feelings about sci-fi. Students may warm themselves by the 300-pound furnace while nibbling on one of three elegant appetizers from Serpas, easily washed down with complimentary wine. Alternatively, Groupon customers can organize a three-hour glass-blowing party for up to 12 people.
Classes are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis during morning, afternoon, and evening hours every day but Wednesday. Janke Studios requests class-goers reserve studio space at least 30 days in advance. Early-bird glass blowers will receive a credit to Serpas for their appetizer, since the kitchen is closed during morning hours to respect the needs of sleepy cutlery.
Matt Janke dreamed of landing the perfect glass-blowing job. After moving to Atlanta in 1986, he realized there wasn't a single glass studio in town, granting his art a ready-made niche. After settling in, he returned to grad school, earning an MFA in glass with the intent to launch his own university program and ultimately procure his own space. By the time he graduated in 1992, Matt further honed his skills, stockpiled equipment, and, in 1996, opened his own studio and hired himself.
Beyond the perks of being his own boss, having his own studio affords Matt a great deal of creative freedom. He infuses all his handblown light fixtures, tumblers, and vases with the prismatic swirls of his signature style, in which precise lines and natural variations vie for attention across undulating surfaces. A downtown gallery space facilitates sales of these works.
But the studio has also fulfilled more than Matt's original goal of finding glass-blowing employment, going on to catalyze a glass-blowing community. From single apprentices in the early days, the studio is now a full-fledged classroom, with space for five instructors, a dozen students, and the kilns that must melt their glass until they each finish their training by capturing and taming a fire-breathing dragon.