What You'll Get
Artists always want muses without realizing they are a big responsibility—demanding regular walks, a ticket to every sunset, and smoothies made of old pastels and greek yogurt. Cultivate your creativity an easier way with today's Groupon to Zen Glass Studios in St. Petersburg. Choose between two options:
• For $49, you get a make-your-own-wineglass workshop (a $100 value).
• For $250, you get a private make-your-own-project workshop for up to four people (a $500 value).
Zen Glass Studios infuses minds with the refractory secrets and delicate techniques of glass art. Customers can graduate from plasticware by crafting a custom gulping apparatus in the 30-minute, one-on-one make-your-own-wineglass workshop. All materials come included in the class, during which the helpful staff will instruct artisans on the methods behind melting, twisting, and mixing colored and clear glass together for the stem. Students will then graft the stem to their own preferred style of cup, with options including martini glasses, champagne flutes, and beer trumpets.
During the make-your-own-project workshop, groups of up to four students will craft items such as glasses, pendants, and drink stirrers. Foursomes can enjoy the solitude of the studio, or two groups can share the studio by booking together, choosing to create eight matching glasses for toasting or one super sculpture that unites all of their pieces with the power of friendship and the tenacity of a blowtorch.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jun 27, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Must sign waiver. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About 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.