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.