Glass Beadmaking + Flameworking Intro

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Event Category

Arts & DIY

Event Overview

In this 4-hour class, you will learn make your own beautiful glass beads by melting and designing beautifully colored glass with a torch. Dots, swirls, lines and frit will be available for use. Detailed safety instructions will be explained and demonstrated at the beginning and throughout the class.

All materials are included. Walk away from the class with your beads strung onto a wire that can be used as a keychain, fan pull, light pull, zipper pull. You can also string them in order to make a simple necklace or bracelet. No experience necessary.This is a great introduction to glass beadmaking and flameworking and will allow you to come back and rent torch time so you can continue making beads. Expect to make 6-8 beads during the class.

Wear natural fibers (no fleece or spandex) clothing, hair tie for long hair and closed-toed shoes. Bring bottled water for you to drink. Ages 15+

KN95, N95 or KN94 masks are required. I have them for you if you forget (a donation of $2 is greatly appreciated). They aren’t optional. They must be fit snugly over your nose and mouth (no fabric or surgical masks and no gators) during your time in the building and studio. I will ask you to change into one of our masks that fits better if yours keeps falling down or sits low or under your nose. This is for the safety of everyone. Thanks in advance for understanding. 


If you have any COVID symptoms please do not come to class. We can reschedule for a later date.


Minimum age

15 years or older

Parent or guardian required if under 18

What's Provided

All materials are provided

What You Can Expect From This Experience
  • Flameworking safety
  • Safely melt glass with a torh
  • Learn about glass colors
  • Learn to make glass beads
Cancellation Policy
Chicago Glass Collective
1770 W. Berteau Avenue, Suite 203-B
Chicago , IL , 60613


Date & Time


Chicago Glass Collective


$88 per Ticket


* Registration closes 24 hours before event

$88 per Ticket

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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.


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    Terry G.
    Reviewed on 02/06/22

    My daughter and I made beads on a cold winter Saturday. It was a really good way to spend the afternoon and we both made beautiful beads. The studio space was well organized for this event.

    My daughter and I made beads on a cold winter Saturday. It was a really good way to spend the afternoon and we both made beautiful beads. The studio space was well organized for this event.

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