Santa Barbara Art Glass

Santa Barbara Art Glass

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Veteran glass artist leads two to four pupils through step-by-step instruction that results in two glass pumpkins for each person

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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 this Groupon.

$89 for a Glass-Blowing Class to Make Two Pumpkins ($180 Value)

Instructor Saul Alcaraz introduces groups of two to four students to the art of glass blowing, providing enough material for two pieces per person and giving them free, though supervised, rein to create their own glass pumpkins. Students will learn to remove molten glass from the oven then roll and shape it into two pumpkins just in time to decorate homes for the Halloween season. Check the website for class times.

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

I was a little worried about my ability to handle the equipment, the fire and all the glass, but Saul was so patient and encouraging it made all the difference. My first piece was a little "unique," but he assured me that every piece is different and special. My second piece was much more "symmetrical." It's fun to see his work and to be able to choose the colors you use and what you want to do with it. It's also interesting to learn more about the art form, to hear Saul's story and to watch him at work (if you get a chance). I would recommend this to ANYONE with an interest in glass/glassblowing, and am even thinking of doing it again. Thanks for making this class possible!
Sara C. · January 6, 2013
Loved it! Great experience- Groupon makes it a great deal!
Priscilla J. · January 5, 2013
This was a fun and new experience. Saul is a great teacher. I look forward to doing it again. Thanks, Carol
Carol S. · October 24, 2012
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    Santa Barbara Art Glass

    706 East Mason Street

    Santa Barbara, CA 93103


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