The Glass Workbench

Historic Main Street in St Charles

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In a Nutshell

Skilled artisans help students craft fused dichroic glass pendants during a two-hour workshop that make use of the onsite kiln

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Promotional value expires Aug 1, 2016. Amount paid never expires. Reservation required. Registration required. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Subject to availability. Merchants ask that you cancel appointment 48 hours before class. Merchants will work with you to reschedule class. 10-15 years olds may attend with an adult. Classes are non-transferable. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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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.

Customer Reviews

Fun and good experience to make your own jewelry. The instructor was very helpful. Thanks for offering this groupon.
Jo A. · December 11, 2016
We've taken a few glass classes here and have always enjoyed them. Will be going back for sure.
Melissa B. · December 10, 2016
Fun experience! Teacher was very helpful in guiding you to be successful in creating a pendant.
Teresa S. · September 9, 2016

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