It is better to give than to receive, which is why the person who gives themselves a gift must regift it to themselves in order to overcome the despair of receiving it. Break out of a perpetual loop with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get a hand-blown glass ornament at Studio West (a $25 value).
Conrad Williams pulls red-hot glass like molten taffy to the delight of visitors, helping his gallery earn the title of No. 1 thing to do in Eugene from TripAdvisor. Williams, a Dale Chihuly protégé, sculpts his glass ornaments into 3–4 inch polychromatic creations, each unique like a snowflake or aversion to ketchup. Blown orbs can grace holiday trees or dance year-round in the light spilling through a sunny window. Patrons can watch the artist's Italian glassblowing techniques in action during free demos on Friday and Saturday nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Groupon customers must visit the studio by December 20, 2011 to claim their ornament before it's repurposed as an earring for the Venus de Milo.
Studio West Glassblowing Studio and Gallery
Owned and operated by glass artists and collaborators Alejandro Hernandez and Ciara Cuddihy, Studio West houses a gallery of fine paintings and glasswork attached to a full glassblowing studio. The cream walls and bright lights of the gallery give way to the industrial metal and stony tile of the workshop, where artisans can be seen retrieving white-hot gobs of glass from the furnaces. These mounds of molten potential are regularly rolled and shaped into handmade trinkets and vases, which can be immediately smashed and melted, completing their life cycle. Visitors can experience the process for themselves during workshops, where they receive hands-on training from the glassworkers in how to bend the superheated silica to their will.
245 W 8th Ave.
Eugene, Oregon 97401