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Like wispy arms emerging from the ocean floor coral bowls are stunning pieces. Fill with fruit, decorative items or simply leave it unadorned as an outstanding centerpiece.
Although it looks extremely complex with its delicate beauty it is really quite effortless to achieve. In this workshop you will learn the basics of how to safely cut and assemble flat class to create your elegant 6" coral bowl. A variety of beautiful glass colors will be provided.
If you would like to make a larger bowl (8") instead of the smaller bowl (6") the fee is an additonal $15.
No experience needed: Beginners welcome! All materials, kilns firings and tools are included. Ages 21+
Jessica K.BYOB- Fused Glass Coral Bowls-Make Your Own!
This is the fourth class that I have taken at Chicago Glass Collective. I've done two glass fusing classes and an ornament glass blowing class prior to this class. All of them have been amazing. I love how Leslie goes through important information and explains how to be successful in what you are creating, but leaves the creativity aspect up to you. She was on hand for me to ask a million questions (which I did), but she never tried to get me to create her artistic vision. She is so encouraging and genuinely celebrates her students' successes. All in all it was an easy but artistically fulfilling evening. I'll be back soon!
Abby B.BYOB- Fused Glass Coral Bowls-Make Your Own!
This was my third class taken at CGC and I loved every minute of this experience! Leslie did an excellent job explaining the art of working with glass, and it's a great class to take alone or with a friend! I will definitely go back again!
Jennifer K.BYOB- Fused Glass Coral Bowls-Make Your Own!
Always a great experience at Chicago Glass Collective! The owner is informative, fun, and quite an inspiration. I have taken several Dabble classes at CGC and plan on taking several more. Glass may seem intimidating to work with, but CGC makes it easy.
Anne B.BYOB- Fused Glass Coral Bowls-Make Your Own!
Fun activity, will definitely go back with my kids!
Courtney B.BYOB- Fused Glass Coral Bowls-Make Your Own!
This class was not what I was expecting, but was fun and I am excited to see our finished bowls. I thought there would be some furnaces and glass melting involved, but this was more about selecting your glass and arranging it for a bowl. Leslie was friendly and a very helpful instructor - especially with the design. Can't wait to see how they turn out! Note you have to come back later to get your bowl (so not good for short term Chicago visitors).
Anushka G.BYOB- Fused Glass Coral Bowls-Make Your Own!
Great intro class to glass cutting! Loved the concept and that the instructor walked around to make sure everyone was able to fulfill their vision of what they wanted their coral bowl to look like.
Tim H.BYOB- Fused Glass Coral Bowls-Make Your Own!
Class was interesting and Leslie is patient and encouraging, and provides many materials to choose from to individualize your piece. I tend to work slow and am a bit of a perfectionist, but Leslie helped me with advice and support to design a bowl I was happy with.
Wendy G.BYOB- Fused Glass Coral Bowls-Make Your Own!
Classes with Leslie are always fun and informative. Though the glass coral bowls were quite smaller than I expected, it was still an enjoyable project and the end product came out well. Leslie is always available for assistance and advising through out the process.
Jennifer P.BYOB- Fused Glass Coral Bowls-Make Your Own!
Class was great.
Susan H.BYOB- Fused Glass Coral Bowls-Make Your Own!
This class was so much fun. Leslie is a great teacher/coach. She makes it easy for us, but let's us experiment so we know the whole process. This is the second glass I have taken with her and I look forward to more!
Kelly P.BYOB- Fused Glass Coral Bowls-Make Your Own!
I've taken several classes here and they're all so fun! She helps everyone individually and explains the concepts very well. It's definitely a learning experience which is why I keep going back! Highly recommend.
Laura D.BYOB- Fused Glass Coral Bowls-Make Your Own!
Awesome class. Leslie, the instructor, was absolutely terrific and extremely patient. I loved her class so much, I'm going to take some private lessons with her after the 4th of July and look forward to more of her glass classes.
BTW, the facility was immaculate, as was the bathroom and the entire building. It was a pleasure being there.
LOVE your Dabble classes. Very fun and interesting.
Thanks and very BEST,
Cathy S.BYOB- Fused Glass Coral Bowls-Make Your Own!
The photo on Dabble of the final product made me want to give this class a try. It was a very interesting experience and a fun way to spend a Friday night. The teacher offered a detailed demonstration and left us to use our creativity to make the coral style glass bowl. It was a great experience overall!
Chicago Glass Collective
After receiving her BFA from Alfred University in 1992 Leslie Speicher travelled the country finally choosing Seattle, WA as her home. During her seven years there she focused on her glasswork, teaching at Pratt Fine Arts Center and assisting and studying with local and international glass artists. During this time she was a TA and AA at Pilchuck Glass School, Instructor at Urban Glass in Brooklyn, NY and Red Deer College in Alberta, CA. Residencies include Urban Glass, Hastings College and Pratt Fine Arts Center. Leslie has shown her glasswork, sculptures and installations in Seattle, NYC, Miami, Philadelphia and Chicago. Publications include International Glass Art; Richard Yelle, author.
She then decided to return to school to get her Masters so she could teach at the college level. In 2004, she received her MFA from the University of Illinois. Her teaching career took her first to the University of Miami where she taught 3D Design. Leslie then taught at the Cleveland Institute of Art as an Adjunct in the Glass Department before moving to Chicago, IL after her solo show at the Museum of Surgical Science in 2006.
No matter what she is making her aspiration is to create pieces with unique character, which are thought provoking and visually pleasing. Leslie’s interest in exploring materials leads her to create narratives between design, texture, form and color. Every piece is one-of-a-kind, designed and handcrafted by the artist.
Leslie is the owner of Chicago Glass Collective in Chicago, IL where she also teaches and makes her work.