Do you love glass and jewelry? Great! Then this class is for you. In this 2.5 hour class, you will learn make your own beautiful glass headpins and small glass beads by safely melting glass in a torch. Also, you will learn basic wire working and assemble your beads into a pair of your favorite earrings.
All materials are included. Walk away from the class with your earrings in your ears and compliments all around! No experience necessary.This is a great introduction to glass flame-working and perfect for a Girl's Night Out! 16+. Wear cotton clothing and closed-toed shoes.
Chicago Glass Collective
1770 W. Berteau Avenu, Suite 203-BChicago, IL, 60613
Kathy M.Glass Bead Earrings: Intro to Flame-working
Leslie always teaches a great class. Bead making was so much fun and you leave with a key-chain or earrings or whatever you've decided to make.
Judith W.Glass Bead Earrings: Intro to Flame-working
This was great class for intro to using the flame torch.
I actually created some beads I could use.
Kelly P.Glass Bead Earrings: Intro to Flame-working
Such a fun class! I made two pairs of earrings and a necklace so I have some Christmas shopping done already. It's a long class but it goes by really quickly. Definitely bring a snack. She does a couple demonstrations and then helps you on the torch as well. I sign up for all her new classes and love learning more about the art of glass.
Jennifer P.Glass Bead Earrings: Intro to Flame-working
Fantastic class. Hands on after great instruction on how to create glass beads. Plenty of time and able to make several beads.
Judy W.Glass Bead Earrings: Intro to Flame-working
Leslie is positive and upbeat as a teacher. Makes everyone feel as if they are doing a good job! Her teaching skills were clear, concise and gave feedback on what needed to be corrected.
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.