Creating a mosaic out of broken glass turns trash into art, much like compiling a rubber band ball or throwing rotten fruit at the television. Reuse and rearrange with today's Groupon at Suevel Studios in Arlington Heights. Choose between the following options:
- For $55, you get a glass-craft class for two (a $120 value). Choose from the following classes:
- Introduction to Stained Glass 100 for two
- Introduction to Glass Fusing 100 for two
- For $275, you get a glass-craft class for a private party of 10 (a $600 value). Choose from the following classes:
- Introduction to Stained Glass 100 for 10
- Introduction to Glass Fusing 100 for 10
Suevel’s instructors suspend their professional glassworking projects to share their mastery of liquid sand with eager pupils. Glittering shards become colorful neighbors in 4”x 4” panels in the stained-glass course as students delve into basic copper-foil and soldering technique. The hot breath of open flames warms bones and amalgamates beads into delicate pendants in the glass-fusing class. The cost of each class includes materials, letting attendees put extra resources toward hanging materials with which to suspend their pendant or stained-glass window around their necks. Up to 10 friends or family members can opt to attend the private class, ensuring that instruction is personalized.
Eric and Markay Suevel have run the eponymous Suevel Studios—a full-service glass studio that creates custom pieces and hosts classes—for more than 30 years. Both proprietors have practiced the art for decades, but their partnership marries two distinct approaches. Eric learned the craft at a young age from his uncle, and Markay possesses a liturgical perspective as an ordained minister with a master’s in divinity. They cut and fuse alongside a team of worldly and learned glassworkers, all of whom bring their own specific expertise to the table, whether doing restoration work or mosaics. The studio's stained-glass work lights up churches, homes, and restaurants as well as their students’ faces after they complete one of 25 classes. There, apprentices acquire the skills required to decorate household windows or liven up bland, translucent reading glasses.
1021 S Arlington Heights Rd.
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005