Like strands of blinking lights, horse-drawn coach rides, and eggnog-scented calendars, glass ornaments signal that the holiday season has arrived. Celebrate the season with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get a glass-blowing class at West Michigan Glass Art Center (a $70 value). Classes are available on select dates through March 29, 2012.
At West Michigan Glass Art Center, instructors teach artisans the ancient art of glass blowing to create festive glass ornaments. Classes accommodate nine students or fewer, ensuring ample individualized attention and little likelihood of hosting two people named Octavius. During each 20-minute session, pupils choose their preferred color of molten glass and load it into the blowpipe, shaping it into a seasonal decoration to take home or share with others. West Michigan Glass Art Center advises acolytes to arrive 15 minutes early and wear cotton clothing and closed-toed shoes, which keep clients safe and prevent them from being confused for department-store reindeer.
West Michigan Glass Art Center
At West Michigan Glass Art Center, a non-profit art center in downtown Kalamazoo, students learn to create beads, stained glass, and ornamental baubles flecked with kaleidoscopic colors. Seasoned instructors lead demonstrations and work with students one-on-one, guiding them through techniques such as flameworking, glassblowing, and glass fusing.