Santa Barbara Art Glass

Lower East

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Saul Alcaraz instructs students on molding ornaments & sells his own handmade glassware, including perfume bottles accented with 14k gold

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Promotional value expires Apr 30, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Appointment required. 24hr cancellation notice. Valid only for ages 12-80. Must sign waiver. Not valid on Sundays or holidays. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Glass provides a resting place for wine, evening wear for Cinderellas, and a more dramatic exit from 44th-floor windows for Bruce Willises. Shatter artistic inhibitions with today’s Groupon to Santa Barbara Art Glass. Choose between the following options:

  • For $99, you get an ornament glass-blowing class (a $200 value).
  • For $25, you get $50 worth of handmade glassware.<p>

At Santa Barbara Art Glass, proprietor Saul Alcaraz vends his handmade art and mentors novice molders as they wield rods tipped with molten glass during a glass-molding class. During each class, Saul teaches students to shape up to four ornaments, primed for hanging off wreathes and conifers. Students can incorporate color into their creations to make them more attractive bait for trapping rainbows. In addition, each pupil will come away with an ornament forged by Saul himself. Classes are offered for anyone aged 12 and up Monday–Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saul also adorns his studio with the crystalline fruits of his labors. Customers browse among abstractly decorated ornaments ($50), taking home pieces refined into teardrops, spheres, and oblong shapes. Iridescent perfume bottles glimmer with accents of 14-karat gold or silver ($120), accented by azure tints and the redolence of 2,000-year-old perfumes.

Santa Barbara Art Glass

Most days, Saul Alcaraz can be found toiling over his 2,000-degree glass oven, often surrounded by an enraptured crowd. A surprisingly graceful practice, his glass-blowing is often as artful as a ballet performed in a volcano as he deftly spins, rolls, blows, and cuts his pieces. Having studied the craft since 1988, today Alcaraz splits his time between making effervescently vivid pieces—such as such as custom lamps and iridescent perfume bottles—and teaching teens and adults to do the same. In classes, he trusts his students to work toward shaping their own forms, even helping them introduce color into their creations to make them more attractive bait for trapping rainbows.

Customer Reviews

This family owned business is a true gem in the heart of Santa Barbara. Sign up for a class, attend, learn & create an original art piece to take home.
Megan S. · July 6, 2016
Very nice experience, would do it again
Ben S. · June 10, 2016
It was an amazing experience! We plan on going again soon!
Elizabeth L. · April 14, 2016
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    Lower East

    706 E Mason St.

    Santa Barbara, California 93103


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