Zen Glass Studio

St. Petersburg

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In a Nutshell

Experienced artisans enlighten students on how to forge, form & finishing their own glass masterpieces in a range of workshops

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Sep 17, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person per visit, may buy multiples as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Registration required 48hr in advance. Subject to availability. 48hr cancellation notice required or $25 fee may apply. Must sign waiver. May combine 2 private workshop options for class of 8. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Creative talents, like houseplants and celebrities, wilt without proper attention. Set your creativity ablaze with today's Groupon to Zen Glass Studio in St. Petersburg. Choose between the following options:

  • For $49, you get a one-hour Make Your Own Glass Pendants workshop (a $100 value).
  • For $250, you get a two-hour private workshop for up to four people (a $500 value). The studio can accommodate groups of up to eight with two Groupons; be sure to schedule the entire group together.

Artists David Walker and Joshua Poll instruct beginning glassworkers in the techniques of forging and forming colorful, lasting pieces in Zen Glass Studio's range of informative workshops. In pendant workshops, students melt and mix colored and clear glass into a single form, twisting and bending each vibrant vein to create glittering designs trapped inside pristine glass. After shaping up to three pendants into the drop, icicle, or presidential bust of their choosing, students add a glass loop to enable easy hanging on a necklace or key chain.

For larger groups of glass gourmands, two-hour workshops teach students to create a trove of inventive masterpieces. Seasoned silica sculptors instill the techniques and inspiration required to create beverage glasses, paperweights, marbles, or abstract sculptures by forming molten material over a blazing flame. Workshop participants can take along their favored few for an artistic family outing or unique social event or combine two Groupons for a group of eight to kindle the imaginations of an entire Supreme Court bench.

Zen Glass Studios

Much like professional skydivers, wily coyotes, and other careers that involve a degree of danger, most professional glassblowers aren’t self-taught. Joshua Poll, however, learned to harness the glass furnace all by himself, today imparting more than a decade of self-taught experience to Zen Glass Studios, where he and fellow glass smith David Walker create custom works of art by hand. Together they shape glass into authentic and unique pieces, including custom glassware and jewelry to wear while meeting a spouse’s goldfish for the first time.

Within their studio, Joshua and David teach workshops and classes, during which students survey basic to advanced glass-blowing techniques, crafting their own handmade objects such as ornaments, beer glasses, and vases. The duo also runs a full glassblower training program, which follows a syllabus structured to arm all students with all the necessary skills to set out on their own in the industry, just as Joshua did all those years ago.

Customer Reviews

I attended the pendant workshop taught by Dave. I was able to make three pendants after he showed me me the basics. Dave guided me through the process, was very encouraging and his laidback approach made the entire class very enjoyable. I certainly look forward to going back again and would tell anyone who is interested in making or buying anything in glass to check out Zen Glass. Their artwork is lovely as well as the Studio's atmosphere.
D B. · September 16, 2012
I had a lot of fun at Zen Glass.
Leslie L. · September 2, 2012
It was a lot of fun!
James R. · August 29, 2012

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