Glass can be exquisite in its myriad forms, from the ornate windows of a Gothic cathedral to the crystalline webbing of a freshly vandalized windshield. Reflect on beauty with today’s Groupon to O’Reilly’s Stained Glass in Crystal Lake. Choose between the following options:
- For $49, you get a three-hour intro class for one in stained glass, glass fusing, or mosaics (a $100 value).
- For $96, you get a three-hour intro class for two in stained glass, glass fusing, or mosaics (a $200 value).
- For $25, you get $50 worth of glass gifts and jewelry.<p>
O’Reilly’s Stained Glass’s owner, Suzie, who has been metamorphosing glass and metal into works of art since 1977, leads a group of introductory classes in a store stocked with materials and machinery as well as eye-catching retail pieces. During three-hour themed sessions, which are scheduled based on demand, Suzie guides students in designing and constructing suncatchers, windows, plates, or trivets with studio-provided materials. January’s class helps fledgling artists solder, foil bevels, and cut colorful glass pieces to create their very own snowflake suncatchers. In February, pupils learn to copper foil and construct a bevel border around a kiln-slumped heart, toting home a love-themed window to lasso light rays or misdirected, wind-blown kisses. March artisans assemble and attach a stained-glass shamrock to a custom-made plate, which they may pick up three days later. Hot dishes and tabletop volcanoes rest on a trivet constructed in winter’s mosaic class, during which participants break and collage colored glass. Attendees may take the trivet home with grout and finish it when it dries, or pick it up, grouted by the studio, within a week. Themed classes may also be held outside of their scheduled months, based on client demand.
Patrons may also peruse Suzie’s stores of iridescent, dichroic glass jewelry and key chains ($20–$65), hand mirrors ($48–$99), and kaleidoscopes ($65–$150) for instant glass gratification. Hand tools ($15+) allow for at-home projects, such as creating windows, suncatchers, or glass bunny slippers.
O'Reilly's Stained Glass
The showroom at O'Reilly's Stained Glass is hectic but mesmerizing. Stained-glass creations glimmer in the windows, dangle from the ceiling, and sprout from the floors. These panes are the work of masters—particularly Suzie O'Reilly, who began glassworking in 1977. Since opening the storefront in 1999, Suzie has popularized the ancient art form, both through custom artwork and classes. In addition to tutoring students of all levels, she repairs damaged stained-glass pieces and designs one-of-a-kind works for weddings and businesses.