Leaderglass

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In a Nutshell

Survey of glass-blowing techniques acquaints students with the art form's techniques as they create an ornamental flower or paperweight

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Promotional value expires Oct 25, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. Subject to availability. 24hr cancellation notice or fee up to 1/2 of Groupon price may apply. Must be 12 or older. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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.

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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.

Customer Reviews

I bought this as a Christmas present for my daughter and I. We used our Groupon today and we had a great time. The owner spent a full 2 hours with us showing us how to do different things and gave us the opportunity to make what he had demonstrated. My daughter and I each made a glass flower a small drinking glass. The owner is a natural teacher and he, of course, loves his craft. I would do this again in a heartbeat. If you are looking for something different to do, this fits the bill. I will always remember today.
Sandra D. · February 7, 2016
Alex Leader's glass blowing class is unique, fun, challenging and amazing! If you're interested in trying a new creative art, take the class I learned a lot, and couldn't take just one class! So far I've made a drinking glass, bowls, flower and a paper weight Each item is one of a kind!
Jane A. · November 29, 2015
A really fun experience Our instructor, Alex was very nice and he did a good job explaining the art of glass blowing
Marty W. · August 28, 2015

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