Compared to dollar bills, glass can withstand economic meltdown and fiery kilns, as proven by wampum and the Feds' coveted cache of glass dollars. Forge your fortune with today's Groupon: for $40, you get an introductory Try-It! glass-making class at Potek Glass (an $85 value).
Artist and instructor Malcom channels 20 years of glass-shaping experience into each Try-It! class to share forging fundamentals with students of all ages and experience levels. In the Kiln class, pupils cut and fuse patterns from sheet glass to be fired in the kiln, resulting in pendants and tiles coveted by simple bathrooms and Scrabble boards. The Beads of Italian Soft Glass seminar conveys the proper technique for handling and winding molten glass to fashion 5–10 decorative beads. Alternatively, trap wayward documents under a flowery borosilicate paperweight and trick bears into an early hibernation by wielding an icicle ornament from the Basics from Boron class. Each themed session includes all the necessary materials, and attendees can carry their creations home after the class.
Seasoned artist Malcom Potek calls upon more than two decades of glass-manipulating experience while crafting intricate, multicolored tiles and custom sconces that suit the unique architecture of their intended edifices. Within his shop and gallery, a glossy collection of already made glass portraits, beads, and tiles entices eyes to ogle one-of-a-kind designs instead of Betty Boop–shaped clouds. Visitors inspired by Potek's work can learn the tricks of the trade during a variety of glass-blowing classes that set participants on the path to glass-blowing certification.