DISCLOSURE: We were provided a complimentary class at BANG Glass in exchange for sharing my experience. All opinions are my own.
How cool is that picture above? Can you believe it's all glass? Monkey had the awesome opportunity to make art with glass a few weeks ago and you can, too. They're offering two more classes before school starts.
It all takes place at BANG Glass, a fused glass art studio and showroom, located at 2600 Northwest 1st Avenue in Boca Raton. We got to experience this first-hand during a bloggers event my friend Teana of 3E Connections invited us to.
When you first walk in, you're in the creative design space. There's a big table with glass pieces, paper and pencil. BANG Glass designer and instructor, Scott Avidon, takes us through the process. He suggests you sketch your masterpiece on paper. He then gives you a bigger piece of glass to lay on top of it as the base. You then add in layers of glass to bring your sketch to life.
Monkey chose to create a butterfly and flower. We completed the masterpiece by adding her initials in monogram style. It was fun working together glueing the pieces to create her work of art.
Between projects, Scott took us inside his "workroom"... where the pieces go from glued onto glass to fused glass. He showed the kids the kiln and even let them feel how hot it is. He explained that the kiln was like an oven for art. It was really cool to see how the pieces were transformed in this machine.
For our second creation, Monkey wanted to use our name. She was so proud of her design, carefully selecting the mosaic pieces and colors to lay on top of what I had sketched.
We had so much fun. It was a great Mommy & Me activity and now we have the finished pieces displayed in our house.
If you'd like to take a class, there are two more offered this month - August 11 & 13 from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $35 per child, per class and includes up to two completed projects that will be ready for pick up in a week's time. Please note that children 5 and up can participate but must be accompanied by an adult.
Space is limited. So call or email Scott now to reserve your spot, 561-430-5179 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BANG Glass also offers three-hour classes for adults from beginners to professional artists. For $65, you'll can create a custom glass tray or bowl. Wouldn't that be a fun conversational piece at parties and get togethers!
Scott, a graduate of Pratt Institute with more than 15 years of experience in the industry working with such brands as Steuben, Bvlgari, Waterford, Kenneth Cole and Versace, can also make custom fused glass dinnerware, bars, tables, sinks, wall panels and light fixtures.
For more information and the class schedule, visit www.bangglass.com.