What You'll Get
Candy necklaces and ring pops look great, but many prefer the nuanced mouthfeel and clean finish of precious gems and metals. Show off sophisticated taste with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a two-hour jewelry-making class at Lake Erie Artists Gallery in Shaker Square (a $60 value). You get your choice of one of the following classes:
- Beginning Beading
- Intermediate Beading
- Hammered Spiral Set
- Copper and Silver Celtic Visions Star Pendant
- Make Your Own Ear Wires and Clasps
Lake Erie Artists Gallery has a class to fit any aspiring bling-maker's experience level and taste, all taught by experienced local artists. Beading classes include Beginning Beading, where budding beadists learn the basics of jewelry creation, making a simple, basic bracelet with copper and freshwater pearls. Ward off evil spirits and malignant auctioneers with a good-luck charm crafted in a jewelry-making class such as the Hammered Spiral Set seminar, where students hammer their own snail-inspired spiral pendant and earrings in sterling silver or copper. All classes include material and in-store tool use. If a more intricate class strikes your fashioning fancy, this Groupon may be applied to the cost. Future students must make an appointment at least five days in advance to redeem this offer.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Dec 20, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Registration required 5 days in advance. No cash back. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Lake Erie Artists Gallery
Paula Atwell wasn't born an artist. She didn't pursue any art form in college, instead achieving a degree in English and a minor in accounting. After logging years in standard 9–5 jobs, she had an epiphany—it was time to do something for herself. Taking this newfound motivation to action, Paula enrolled in a beading class and followed it with forays into metalsmithing, crafting, and soldering.
These experiments in creativity led her to join the Lake Erie Artists co-op in 2003, where she began to show her eclectic jewelry at their booth during local festivals. When the co-op became incorporated in 2005, Paula's business world experience made her an obvious choice to lead the diverse group of artists in forming their own gallery. Today, the co-op-turned-gallery now carries hundreds of art pieces that span a range of media.
Producing blown-glass sculptures and handcrafted metal jewelry and pottery, the artists each specialize in a few select media as decided during the gallery's annual game of spin-the-paintbrush. The staff at Lake Erie Artists Gallery is also a strong proponent of local business, encouraging their patrons to browse Shake Square after looking at their wares. In project-oriented classes taught by working artists, students explore jewelry and painting and leave with their handcrafted pieces.