Glass provides a resting place for wine, eveningwear for Cinderellas, and a more dramatic exit from 44th-floor windows for Bruce Willises. Shatter artistic inhibitions with today's Groupon: for $12, you get a beginner's glassblowing experience with a take-home glass flower at Tulsa Glassblowing Studio (a $25 value). Customers can upgrade to a paperweight (a $35 value), ornament (a $45 value), solid pumpkin (a $65 value), or blown pumpkin (an $85 value) for additional fees.
Tulsa Glassblowing Studio’s instructors introduce students to the art and care of glasswork in lessons lasting 30–40 minutes. Under the trained tutelage of a master, students learn to manipulate molten glass to create delicate flowers complete with pulled petals and air-catching glass pollen. Pupils get hands-on experience with the tools necessary to wield colorful melted sand as instructors aid with the more difficult processes such as gathering, reheating, and sweet-talking the lava-like substance into a vibrant flowery shape, which students can then take home. The professionally maintained, well-equipped studio glows orange with the furnace’s blistering flames, tended by experienced artists.
Tulsa Glassblowing School
Colorful and delicate glass sculptures adorn walls and shelves at Tulsa Glassblowing School, showcasing just what students can create when they learn how to work with glass. The studio offers youth and adult classes on glassblowing and kiln-fired glass art, which are designed to bring novice students up to the advanced level. Instructors get participants' feet wet by teaching them how to use basic tools to create and kiln-fire simple forms, such as ornaments and paperweights.