Artistic expression can take the form of a vibrant painting, a stunning sculpture, or front-yard hedges trimmed into the shape of longing. Let creativity blossom with today’s Groupon to The Glass Workbench in Saint Charles. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get a 90-minute glass-painting workshop for one (a $40 value).
- For $75, you get a 90-minute glass-painting workshop for four (a $160 value).<p>
Nestled in a nearly two-century-old building sheathed in Burlington limestone, The Glass Workbench houses more than 500 kaleidoscopic colors of glass for aspiring artisans to adorn during glass-painting workshops. During the 90-minute class, friendly instructors arm crafting companions with all the necessary materials before guiding them through the basic painting techniques needed to forge a one-of-a-kind pendant from fused glass. After firing custom creations in a house kiln overnight, staff fastens a chain or loop of licorice to pieces, which students can pick up two days after the course. Sunlight glints off the showroom’s retina-grabbing spread of artisanal glass pieces, which neighbor a retail hobby store stocked with mosaic forms and original design books penned by authors made of stained glass.
The Glass Workbench
The Glass Workbench—a stained-glass and glass-making specialty store—began as a family-owned enterprise in 1975. Back then, owners Glen and Joanne Bishop chose an old-style building on South Main Street to create their shrine to the age-old art of glassmaking. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the building's 2-foot-thick Burlington limestone walls enclose the shop's inventory of supplies and books about glass arts. They also house mosaic stained-glass artworks by Julie Bishop Day, Glen and Joanne's daughter, who developed the stepping-stone technique for glass decoration. Local crafters take advantage of glassmaking workshops and admire the work of the staff's resident artisans, whose custom stained-glass pieces portray nature imagery and legendary moments in history such as when Ben Franklin invented Windex.
318 S Main St.
Saint Charles, Missouri 63301