With the knowledge of glass blowing, it’s possible to fashion a wide variety of essential goods, such as drinking vessels, fun houses, and gavels for judging friends who question your glass-blowing knowledge. Bring a glass-action lawsuit with today's deal: for $65, you get an introductory glass-blowing class (a $150 value) at Studio Royal in Henderson. Customers also have the option of applying their Groupon’s value ($150) toward a finished glass-blown piece at Studio Royal's shop. With more than 20 years of experience, master glassmith Robert Shields teaches would-be gaffers how to weave their own glass artwork during the fundamentals course. Beginning each 90-minute class with a tour of the various glass-blowing tools, Shields demonstrates safe and proper usage while fashioning some of his signature glass gear, including ships, animals, and armor. Following that, students can create their own basic take-home pieces by melting colored glass with a torch, blowing it into a desired shape, and singing it to life. Studio Royal schedules classes throughout the week; should Groupon customers decide to extend their glass-blowing journey, they’ll receive an additional $100 off the full 12-week session.
For more than 20 years, master glass blower Robert Shield has crafted his crystalline figures for people around the world, his masterpiece being a glass carriage and horse that he gifted to the British Royal Family. Seated before the azure flame of a torch, Robert can make a swan appear out of a plain glass tube, bending and blowing the hot, translucent material until it resembles the bird's feathered body and arcing neck, before smashing the piece because he hates swans. From his academy, Robert edifies protégés in the glass-manipulating arts, guiding beginners through creating festive ornaments and tear-drop necklaces, and empowering aspiring artisans to fire up saleable spun glass.