Glass provides a resting place for wine, evening wear for Cinderellas, and a more dramatic exit from 44th-floor windows for Bruce Willises. Shatter artistic inhibitions with today's Groupon to Stained Glass Garden in Berkeley. Choose from the following options:
- For $47, you get $95 toward any glass course or workshop.
- For $250, you get a private fused-glass or mosaic class for anywhere between one and six people (a $570 value).
- For $15, you get $30 worth of glass from the retail store.
Housing the glass-based mastery of more than 50 Bay Area artists, Stained Glass Garden introduces students to the world of glass art through workshops, all-day classes, private parties, and a bustling store chock full of materials. Daytime workshoppers can choose a class from the hefty list of group classes, mingling with no more than seven other students while learning to dabble in this colorful and novel art. The stained-glass light-catcher class offers a five-hour crash course in cutting glass, soldering copper foil, and chasing the sun with giant, fragile nets ($85). Jewelry crafting and the birth of functional table art are two of the world’s seven mysteries solved via an introduction to fused glass class ($95). Under the careful gaze of melted-sand-spinning instructors, classes adhere to a varied schedule to accommodate any unforeseen Cinderella-slipper incidents. Private lessons are also available for groups of up to six companions.
Anyone looking to bolster their artilleries of artistic glass gear can stock up on materials in Stained Glass Garden’s store. A Van Gogh glass sample pack provides four colors in 6”x6” squares for accenting mosaics or blinging out a sunflower garden ($15), and microscope slides stand as delicate bases for jewelry featuring pressed flowers, vintage-art clippings, and incredibly tiny butterflies ($4.50).