Building a miniature ship inside a bottle is impressive, but not as impressive as forging a giant glass shell around the outside of an aircraft carrier. One-up ordinary hobbyists with today's Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $49 for a Blow Your Own Glass Hands-On Experience (up to a $125 value)
Students work alongside a professional glass blower to learn the basic techniques of the trade, including forming and shaping glass with tools and adding colors. The class includes all materials needed to make the chosen project, which can be an ornament, sea float, bowl, or seasonal item. Classes are available every day of the week between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- $195 for a four-hour private glass-blowing lesson for up to two people (a $395 value)
At the personal behest of a glass-shaping tutor, single and paired students learn techniques to create a variety of objects, such as cups, bowls, and paperweights. Students can expect to make and form three to six pieces. Classes are available for reservation every day of the week, beginning at 9 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 6 p.m.
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.