my husband purchased the intro 1 class for me as well as himself as a birthday gift. we attended the class on 1/22/12. my husband knew that i have a great interest in the art of glass so we went together and i must say this was one of the best gifts i have ever received. the class was fantastic, the instruction was spot on, we had a very memorable day. we made a few items that we were able to take with us and be able to look back at our experience.
i would highly recommend that anyone with any interest in the art of glass take this class. you will not be disappointed.
I finally realized a life-long dream to... blow glass! I didn't know this school existed until I saw a Groupon deal for some beginning classes. I eagerly signed up for 3 (but wish I had maxed it out to 5 coupons).
The classes started right on time, the instructor demostrated a project (Class one- a marble, twisty sticks, and a blown glass ornament; Class 2- a mushroom marble and/or pendant, a jar, and a cute little vase; Class 3- an implosion marble, a jar with colors added, and a small little goblet), and then the student attempted (key word here- attempt) to make that object. I say 'attempt' because it's not easy- in fact, I got so frustrated once, I felt like throwing a crying sissy fit. But in order to be really good- at really anything- you need to practice, practice, practice! When I got into Art, my first many pieces I created were quite horrible but I've gotten much better since then. Same concept with this glass blowing thing. After the demo, the instructor (sometimes 2 instructors if the class is full) hovered around the students as they attempted their pieces and helped out when they could. I did manage to take home some really nice (albeit- very imperfect) pieces- one jar leans quite a bit to one side. Overall, it was super fun and I will definitely come back (even though I live an hour and half away) to practice the techniques I learned.
I'm so glad I was able to learn the basics and actually get my hands on glass- even without the groupon coupon- at full price, this class is still very worth attending. It would be a great way to spend a weekend afternoon or evening with a couple friends attempting to make beautiful glass things and then, taking home your goodies. Seeing how complicated it is to manipulating glass, makes me appreciate glass figurines, pendants and, even, glass pipes so much more.
Thank you, Revere glass! I think you guys are awesome.
I received a class as a christmas gift, I was pretty excited to do this class and it was worth the trip. Jorge was our host and teacher, the class was not crowded and the instruction was great. i learned at my own pace and assistance was always available. thanks very much
I had a lot of fun taking the intro 1 course. Instructors are really laid back and super willing to help. The class structure was informal as we went straight into a demo and then started making our own. Hands-on is an understatement.
So cool! As a child growing up in southern California, I'd spend hours observing the glass workers in the crystal shop in New Orleans Square at Disneyland, wishing I knew how to make such beautiful things! When I saw the Groupon right before Christmas, just as my mom was sending her annual "what do you want for Christmas?" texts, I knew this was going to be one of my favorite gifts. I'd also purchased the Groupon for a full day of 3 2-hour workshops at the Crucible, but those classes are offered so infrequently that I don't get to go until March--points for Revere already, just for having a lot of choices!
The place is a cinch to find with easy parking, and Jorge greeted everybody as we were coming in. He did a good job of outlining basic safety. I think the only parts he left out were where the first aid kit was, and exactly what to do if we DID manage to burn ourselves. But we all followed his advice and that info proved to be unnecessary. Jorge was a patient instructor, even as some of us struggled with various techniques, and allowed us some freedom to be creative even within the tight time frame of working through 4 different projects. People who picked up the techniques quickly were able to do extra projects while we continued to work--I thought this was really cool, so that they weren't just sitting there bored.
Come with your arm muscles ready--you'll be holding your dominant hand up in front of you with no support for the majority of the 4 hour period. My scrawny arm is a little sore today...
Overall, I really enjoyed myself, enough that I purchased the 2nd level class on the spot. They also have affordable studio time to practice, which judging by my swizzle sticks I obviously need. I can't wait to go back!
My son saw this on Groupon and wanted to try it. I was likewise curious so we bought two. There are several projects done in a four hour class. Jorge, the instructor, was very patient and explained things well. He demonstrated the techniques and then we had our chance at our own station. There was enough time and materials to do things over, as this is not the most natural thing to learn on the first go.
We enjoyed it enough that we signed up for the second level lesson and plan to go back soon. I definitely recommend the Revere Glass School.
Amazing people! Super welcoming to a total beginner. I have collected a lot of glass, but never tried making any myself, never had the opportunity. The staff is super helpful and nice, and made sure I was understanding what was going on, and not just copying the teacher. They were happy to go back over techniques with you, if you didn't quite grasp it the first go. Super patient. The atmosphere is safe, and welcoming. Can't say enough good things. Will be recommending to my friends.
I took two courses over this past summer. I had such a great time with the first class that I bought another groupon for the second.
However, the second class crashed and burned. The instructor, Jorge, focused on only one or two students and because of this, my implosion marble broke. I had spent a good 30min working on it and I was incredibly proud and therefore it hurt all the more to have it shatter in front of my eyes, simply because the instructor was so focused on another student to not realize that my marble needed to be put in the kiln (something the instructor is supposed to do, not the student).
I immediately wrote to Dustin, the owner, explaining what happened and without hesitation, he quickly replied, offering me a free lesson, which I took him up on. That lesson was great because I got a one on one with the owner himself and got to work on whatever I wanted, instead of following the normal class structure/projects. I was very impressed and pleased with how Dustin handled the situation and he informed me that he spoke with Jorge and that Jorge received further instruction to prevent such an event (lack of student attention) from happening again.
Overall, if I still lived in the bay, I would def continue to take classes here (using the Groupon), despite the one disappointing experience.
My wife and I had a great time, and learned a lot today in the Intro class. I've wanted to play around with making glass for many years now but just never got around to it. When I saw the groupon offer, I jumped at the chance. The steps were explained clearly, it's a safe environment and we even found easy parking when we got there. Jorge was patient with us and explained things thoroughly, and if you mess up on one of the steps, he'll show you how to either salvage it ,or he'll help you have another go at it. Another helpful employee or artisan was there who gave some additional guidance, also very kind (I just didn't get his name).
It was also nice to do some window shopping and grab a bite to eat over at 4th St Annex beforehand, just a few blocks away. We definitely recommend Revere Glass School.
I've wanted to learn to blow glass for years now, and when my fiancee sent me a Groupon discount for a class I jumped at the chance, and I'm so glad I did! It was an amazing introduction to basics that made me feel confident enough that I'm going to schedule time during their studio hours to fly solo for a little bit.
Jorge, the teacher, was great, managing to be simultaneously laid-back and hands-on, and we left the class with seriously about half of the Christmas ornaments we'll ever need.
I burned myself on hot glass (through my own stupidity, this should not be a dangerous class if you're not wildly accident-prone like me) and I STILL had a wonderful time that had me grinning from ear to ear by the time we left.
I fell in love with blown glass on a trip to Venice, Italy when I was 9 years old and ever since have always wanted to have the opportunity to try it. Enter Revere Glass School! I took the beginning glass blowing class yesterday and was thrilled with the hands on class which was well organized, super interesting, and extremely well taught. The instructor was talented, patient, and fun to learn from, and the facility is set up perfectly to learn hands on while being comfortable and surrounded by great artists at work. The amount of "free play" was ample so we could really let our creativity (read: mishappen glass orbs) shine. I already signed up for the next class and can't wait to get back there!
I have long enjoyed glass as an art form and wondered if I could do it. The Groupon this fall (2011) got me off the dime and I attended the first class last night (11/9). Jorge was the teacher and we had a small class of 2 so I got lots of personal instruction. Was able to achieve more than I thought and was glad to have the offer to take the other 2 Intro classes for the same Groupon price. Highly recommend it you have an interest in this dynamic medium.
I had always wanted to learn to blow glass, so when the groupon came around, I jumped on it. My wife and I had a great time, and came home with a huge bounty of ornaments, pendants, and swizzle sticks. The instructor, Jorge, did a great job of demoing each project, and then walking around, offering tips and help whenever they were needed. If we wanted to challenge ourselves more, he was right there to help us along.
I had a class with Lance the other day, it was really great, I was able to watch a demo, learn the steps and use of tools and the flame and then given the freedom to experiment with guidance. I had signed up for a group class but was the only student and instead of canceling and waiting for a larger class (which happens at glass studios more then I would like to admit) I just got a one on one lesson :) thumbs up.
Glass blowing was one of the many things on my life long bucket list. Thanks to a Groupon I was able to make this dream a reality.
Had a class with Jorge yesterday and it was amazing. It was a great class to start off with. He gave us more than enough time to work on our projects and was very helpful. His demos were really useful and I liked that he showed us how to do the project before we actually did it. I'm glad he was really nice and patient because I almost always had questions while I was working on my project. Even when I messed up, he was always there to give us more glass rods to work on and fix our mistakes.
We got to work on 4 projects: marble, blown glass, colored pendant and these stick things. Those 4 items were our main projects but we had enough time to make more than one and I ended up bringing home 6 things! Cool beans!
I have always wanted to learn how to work with glass but was never sure how to get into it. I was super excited when the Groupon came across my email last week. My friend and I pounced on it and immediately scheduled a class.
The people at Revere Glass are super friendly and helpful. Jorge, our instructor, started us off with a safety briefing and then an overview of the projects we would be working on. He demonstrated a project and then let us go to town with the supplies. Each project incorporated a new technique that we would then use on the following projects, building up our repertoire.
I loved that it was hands-on from the very beginning. Working with glass is a lot harder than I expected, but Revere provides a great environment to not be afraid of making mistakes. Jorge was on hand to help if things went really horrible, otherwise it was great to be able to learn by trial and error.
By the end of the four hour class we had tons of shwag to take home like marbles, pendants, blown glass and some fun free style glass we created in the last 30 minutes of the class. I saw a significant improvement in my skills with glass just in that short amount of time.
I highly recommend checking out Revere Glass. I can't wait to get into the beginner 2 class, although I may have to wait for another Groupon.
Our experience started off with a glitch in the computer registration. Once we discovered the problem, Dustin (the owner) bent over backwards to accommodate us, even coming in on his day off. If you have an administrative problem, go to Dustin right away. He will definitely take care of you.
Once we got there, the class (taught by Dustin himself) was amazing. I had essentially zero experience walking in, and I feel like I saw and learned quite a bit in the introductory 4-hour class. Instruction starts with an initial demonstration and then students are given free rein to play with the glass and learn how to work with it. I was given a few tips throughout when I veered seriously off-course, but mostly I was allowed to make enough mistakes to actually learn. I think that the intro class did a great job of sticking to a few simple themes, that you use and review, to end up with some fun projects and a feeling like you really learned how to do something.
Let's be honest, after only 4 hours of instruction, my work still ... needs improvement, but I had a great time at this class. I highly recommend it!
Attended a Groupon class today at Revere Glass with Jorge as the Instructor.
I thought the class was awesome. There was a great balance of instruction and self paced learning. I felt comfortable asking for help and going over techniques. I was also really happy with how many items I got to take home and the use of the materials without restriction; even when I messed up consecutively and needed more materials.
Great class overall. People should really check this out. Jorge is a really cool guy too. Easy to talk to and mellow.
If I give one bit of constructive feedback, it'd be nice to add a 5 minute intro on the history of Revere, mission, and maybe a summation on the art of glass blowing. Some added value to those of us generally interested I guess.
I have been down on Groupon lately. Most of my purchases have left me feeling like I spent money that I wouldn't have spent otherwise. My class at this freakin' AWESOME school it is completely the opposite experience.
I have wanted to work with glass for over 15 years. I was a baker and I have always loved fire and ovens. I saw a demo at CCAC and knew that I had to try it. Well, the years have ticked along, now haven't they? When I saw the groupon. I jumped on the opportunity. I am really regretting not having bought more classes at a discount, but it will be TOTALLY worth paying full price when I can make the time to take it.
Their website gave a great first impression. Class registration was super easy and clear, they even had some kind of widget in there for using my groupon.
The intro class is pretty basic, but it was a great introduction to just start getting the feel of working with hot glass and the torches. Considering that it is dangerous and there was a wide variety of skill levels and ages present, it was probably good that it wasn't very complicated.
I loved the vibe of the place, unlike the previous low reviewer. The teacher and the owner did a great job of being friendly and welcoming, making us feel at home and being flexible. These folks are serious artists and making a living doing glass production. Sure, they seemed to lean a little on the bohemian side. Did she expect them to look like soccer moms from Walnut Creek?
Oh, by the way. Neil was a great teacher. I liked his demos and he did a great job of describing what he was doing. It did turn out to be easier said than done. He also kept an eye out for potential problems that people were having and juggled questions. He DEFINITELY deserves a bonus ;)
I've always been fascinated by glass blowing, but never thought it was something I could actually do myself. Phil was the perfect teacher! He taught me that even a beginner can make beautiful glass art, at the same time that he demonstrated how much practice is involved in becoming an expert. I loved every minute of the class and can't wait to take more classes to develop my skills.
Egh, really? This place is dank. I understand you work around fire, but maybe it's time to think about water... and soap! and Dude, what's that funny smell? Last time I smelled this much HASH, I was in Morocco. Not that I'm opposed to such endeavors but given the vast array of safety issues at hand...gawh..put down the pipe. OK, OK maybe my expectations were too high, but not as HIGH the people running this joint. Seriously, get it together!
We had a fantastic Intro to Glass Blowing I class with Neil. He was an excellent and patient teacher, asking us throughout the class what we were interested in learning and gave us options on how to spend our time. The facilities were perfect for a small group class and we can't wait to go back and learn more. Thank you for offering the Groupon deal! A big thank you again to Neil - you were fantastic!
Revere Glass is awesome! I'd been wanting to try glass blowing for quite some time and, thanks to Groupon, I finally did. Instructors are great, class size is small, and there's enough instruction/play time to figure out if this is something you'd want to do more of. I, for one, am totally looking forward to my next 4 hour class.
Like several other reviewers, beau & I took this class on a Groupon. We've always loved glass work and wanted the chance to unleash our inner Chihuly.
Lance was our instructor and he was fantastic. He got right down to business and within 5 minutes we had our eye protection on were watching his demos. I was a little nervous -- the torch is right there and clearly it's crazy hot because the glass rods turn to liquid in just a couple of minutes.
I started to think it was time to re-think this class but I realized Lance has all of his fingers and dreads that go past his tush. Glass work can't be that dangerous or he wouldn't have such long hair.
In less than four hours we made marble, a paperweight and a cool little hippie pendant with glass mushrooms inside. 20 years ago, I could have made a fortune selling these at Dead shows. At the end of the class, we tried blowing bubbles. It's harder than it looks but fun and kind of mesmerizing.
Lance is a good teacher - he knows when to offer advice and when to let you keep going. And, if your project is on the very of disaster, he can get it back on track for you in just a couple of minutes. It was cool to see other 'blowers' (as I'm guessing their called) come in and work on their stuff.
I took the intro 1 class, thanks to a Groupon gift! We spent four hours in the studio working with glass. We ended up making 3-4 pieces each, with the awesome help of Lance and Ali, who were always there to help us!
What's to love: learning about a highly unusual craft, professional instruction from an artist, the crazy things glass does under heat!
What's to like: getting to take home the things you make, and show it off to your family and friends!
What could be better: the studio is a little hard to find, but just give yourself a few extra minutes to read the signs.
Thanks once again to Lance and Ali! You guys ROCK!
Good job Groupon. At first I was disappointed that I wouldn't be working with an enormous kiln in some sort of head-to-toe gear, but really, this was perfect. I scheduled a class so I could have the instructor all to myself, and Brahim was great!
I made a marble (which sounds simple, but isn't), and a triceratops. That's right, a MFing triceratops. On my first try, on my first day. It has awesome legs, horns, and a tail that's mediocre, but for my first day, it's the coolest thing ever. I made some other stuff, too, but really, whatever. Dinosaur.
Basically, they just set me up with some tools, showed me how it worked, and then chatted while I neurotically took over and refused all help. It was empowering. When I did need help, of course my instructor jumped in. But it's not super hard, and now I have a new perspective on glass work I see.
The intro class was so fun, well... after I figured out how it all worked. Lance was a great teacher and am sad I didn't take the class before they put out their second groupon offer last week. Made a marble, lumpy paperweight, mushroom in a mushroom, and an attempt to blow something. Next time, I won't need so much help.
Bring back the Groupon special!!! I want to take class 2 and 3!!
First, thanks to groupon for the push. Probably wouldn't have considered it on my own. With the price break I was able to take the whole family.
Next, SCHOOL WAS AWESOME! We had great teachers for the 4 hour intro class. Good balance of instructor vs play time. We were able to make enough cool stuff the first time to fuel an addiction. Hope to get back for some open studio time and more classes.
If you're looking to learn lampworking/glassblowing from one of the best schools in the country you'll want to check this place out. I've seen some of the most renowned glassblowers come in here to teach classes. They're super friendly too and have lots of dank, dank art available for purchase.