All artists use their lungs to create masterpieces, from the saxophonist playing jazzy melodies to the sculptor screaming insults at blocks of marble until they crumble and reveal the statues hidden inside. Admire the product of aesthetic air circulation with today’s Groupon: for $195, you get a private, four-hour glass-blowing class for one or two people at Seattle Glassblowing Studio on 5th Avenue (a $395 value). Groupon customers may also take $100 off a future six week class (regularly $675).
Seattle Glassblowing Studio’s skilled artisans help eager crafters transform amorphous crystal blobs into dazzling works of glass art. During Seattle Glassblowing Studio's four-hour one-on-one private lessons, a professional instructor will guide beginners through the baby steps of creating blown-glass art—or help intermediate artisans polish their skills in Cinderella shoesmithing. New students will start by learning the basics of hot-shop safety and etiquette. From there, each apprentice will learn how to gather glass on rods, apply basic color, and breathe the molten mass into key shapes such as paper weights, ornaments, and busts of Burton Gilliam. Reservations are required; students should also bring a pair of regular sunglasses to protect their eyes.
After the lesson, guests can stay to watch the public studio's dream team of exhaling experts inflate formless materials into the form of decorative bowls and fluted vases. Once you're done marveling at their breathtaking breath taking, feel free to head to the gallery for 20% off on art, sculptures, or Arbor Day shovels (the discount does not apply to jewelry), or walk next door to Thai Treasure where Groupon customers can knock back a free non alcoholic drink with the purchase of lunch or dinner.
- There are so many glass galleries in Seattle it is hard to stand out but this one does. It stands out in part because it has glass blowing shop in the back and if you are lucky you can catch people gaffing. We have purchased several pieces for us and for gifts. – carol b., Insider Pages
- The whole process gave us a new found respect for the artists who do this on a regular basis. – Cheryl B., Yelp, 1/30/11
Seattle Glassblowing Studio & Gallery
The craft masters at Seattle Glassblowing Studio & Gallery guide pupils to artistic bliss by expounding on a spectrum of steps needed to create intricate pieces. Whether taking a "Blow Your Own Glass" class or forming a clique in a one- to three-person private class, students turn provided materials into bowls, cups, and decorative piles of glass shards. Professional glass wielders safely impart etiquette and basic techniques such as gathering glass on a rod and shaping it into colorful geometric forms.
The shop's instructors also offer their own artistic services, including custom commissions such as functional lighting and installation pieces. Damaged glass heirlooms undergo repairs in the cold-working shop, where artisans restore shattered pieces and polish away dullness left behind by covetous pawing.
2227 5th Ave.
Seattle, Washington 98121Get Directions