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: for $199, you get admission to a private Level I glass-blowing class at Uptown Glassworks in Renton (a $490 value).
The experienced glass blowers at Uptown Glassworks help students of all skill levels forge liquid glass into artwork with informative classes. During five private two-hour sessions, budding artisans become versed in glass-work essentials, such as studio safety and proper tools. All necessary materials are provided, allowing students to swiftly learn how to collect molten glass from the furnace without burning a hole in time. Uptown Glassworks's ambiance awakens artistry with vaulted ceilings, generous space, and rafter beams set within a building built in 1902.
Students arrange class times on their own with instructors, who maintain schedules as flexible as a gymnast made from gummy worms. Although no experience is required for the Level I class, Uptown Glassworks recommends taking a hot-glass workshop beforehand.