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 Victorian Art Glass. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get $40 worth of glass art, supplies, tools, or class credit.
- For $59, you get two evening Glass Art Sampler classes (a $150 value).
Victorian Art Glass schools students on the artistic and technical sides of the art industry through the imparted knowledge of professional glass artist Dennis Brady, founder of DeBrady Glass. The Glass Art Sampler class acquaints crafters of all abilities in the different ways of manipulating glass, including casting, sculpting, fusing, etching, and breakdancing, without shattering. Groupon purchasers attend two three-hour classes on consecutive Wednesday evenings in December, or Wednesday and Thursday evenings in January, February, and March. Students who wish to venture further into the glass trade beyond their sampler class also receive coupons for 25 per cent off a future glass art class and 25 per cent off glass art supplies. An additional full-day free drop-in session allows pupils to create masterpieces under the helpful gaze of glass-making pros using the studio’s space and tools, though materials must be self-provided.
Customers can choose instead to select a $40 credit toward two additional drop-in sessions where they can create bowls to contain their glass fruit harvests or browse the shop’s regular priced and sale items. Holiday spirit takes shape with glass molds such as Christmas ornament glass casting molds ($10) or Santa head molds ($12). A selection of tools, including a custom-grip glass cutter ($29.95), enables precision slicing and grants users mastery over semi-transparent subjects, including ghosts. Groupon purchasers can also put their credit toward larger items such as kilns, often already discounted 20 per cent from their retail price.
Victorian Art Glass
Dennis Brady and his glass-blowing brood do more than supply Victoria with a steady stream of colourful crystalline pieces. They also impart the tricks of their trade in easy-to-understand classes, lectures, and workshops. Artists and curious common folk can take advantage of Victorian Art Glass's expansive art experience, which allows visitors to experience several different types and textures. The studio's many kilns for rent or other tools such as the sandblaster help produce intricate designs into smooth surfaces to practice for a new gig as Jack Frost. The glassomancers' educational programs emphasize the business end of artistry, with numerous classes aimed specifically at improving one's marketability.