Building a miniature ship inside a bottle is impressive, but not as impressive as forging a giant glass shell around the outside of an aircraft carrier. One-up ordinary hobbyists with today’s Groupon to Leaderglass. Choose between the following options:
- For $75, you get a two-hour glass-blowing class for one (a $150 value).
- For $137, you get a two-hour glass-blowing class for two (a $275 value).<p>
Classes can be reserved during studio hours, Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., when available. Leaderglass owner Alex Leader, who has been profiled in the Sonoma Valley Sun, mines his 18 years of experience manipulating glass when teaching hands-on classes at his studio. Leader’s introductory class—known as A Glass Experience—acts as a survey of the glass-blowing universe, allowing students to observe and try different techniques over the course of two hours. Newly christened glass gurus walk away with a simple but solid piece, such as an ornamental flower, paperweight, or life-size replica of the Louvre Pyramid. After class, pupils can saunter around Leader’s showroom, where he displays a colorful and unique collection of handmade items, including tumblers, wine glasses, and vases.
Alex Leader’s namesake glass-blowing outfit aims to equip curious artists with the tools and guidance to craft their own handmade glass art pieces. Alex relies on thousand-year-old techniques and skills learned during his two decades of experience to assist students as they create their own blown vases, ornaments, and bowls. Prior to starting on a masterpiece, students can glean inspiration inside the master craftsman’s showroom, where he displays his own collection of artisanal bowls and lighting fixtures.