Make Glass Beads & Bracelets

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Do you love jewelry? Then why not try making your own glass beads for a one-of-a-kind bracelet!

In this fun 2.5-hour class, learn how to safely melt glass on a torch and build it into beautiful glass beads. From there, we'll assemble them into a colorful hand-made bracelet!

All basic materials are included and upgrade options for the bracelet findings are available for purchase. Walk away from the class with your bracelet on your wrist and compliments all around! No experience necessary.

This is a great introduction to glass flame-working and perfect for a Girl's Night Out!

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Chicago Glass Collective

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Leslie is the owner of Chicago Glass Collective in Chicago, IL where she also teaches and makes her work.

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.

STUDENT REVIEWS

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    Linda C.
    Reviewed on 04/29/13

    This was a great class! There were only 4 students so everyone got a lot of personal attention. Leslie is very knowledgeable, patient and shared many great ideas.

    This was a great class! There were only 4 students so everyone got a lot of personal attention. Leslie is very knowledgeable, patient and shared many great ideas.

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    Madeline B.
    Reviewed on 04/29/13

    Fantastic introduction to making glass beads. Leslie is an excellent teacher; she is a pro who anticipates all our needs, and at the same time creates an environment for discovery learning. Looking forward to another bead-making class. Thumbs up here!

    Fantastic introduction to making glass beads. Leslie is an excellent teacher; she is a pro who anticipates all our needs, and at the same time creates an environment for discovery learning. Looking forward to another bead-making class. Thumbs up here!

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    Amber P.
    Reviewed on 04/27/13

    I love Chicago Glass Collective! Glass is so addicitve. If you are on the fence, just take one of these classes. Leslie is so knowledgable and passionate. You will come away from the class knowing more about science and a beautiful piece of art for a keepsake!

    I love Chicago Glass Collective! Glass is so addicitve. If you are on the fence, just take one of these classes. Leslie is so knowledgable and passionate. You will come away from the class knowing more about science and a beautiful piece of art for a keepsake!

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