Glass is the quintessential shapeshifter, playing every role from color-soaked cathedral window to the planetary fishbowl that keeps the earth’s oceans from soaking the moon. Explore glass’s other applications with today’s Groupon to Suevel Studios in Arlington Heights. Choose between the following options:
- For $30, you get an intro-to-stained-glass or mosaic-making class for one (a $60 value).
- For $59, you get an intro-to-stained-glass or mosaic-making class for two (a $120 value).
Suevel Studios fills inquiring noggins with the knowhow to transform ordinary pieces of glass into ethereal works of art. In introduction-to-stained-glass courses, glass specialists bestow scholarly hands with the materials necessary for completing a 4”x4” panel using vibrant baubles of scrap glass. Instructors help with pattern-making and glass-cutting before divulging the secrets of the copper-foil technique, which students harness to artfully solder and finish their pieces. Participants emerge with a colorful panel of their own devising, along with the stained-glass skills required to decorate household windows or liven up bland, translucent reading glasses. In each two-hour introductory mosaic class, students use bright glass and durable cement to festoon a brick or 8-inch steppingstone with eye-catching color.
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.