BYOB Fused Glass 101: Mandala Bowls

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ABOUT THIS EVENT
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Arts & DIY

Event Overview

Make a beautiful and colorful 5" fused glass Mandala Bowl using a variety of colorful glass frit and decals. The waterslide decals fire to a rich henna color that highlights the lines of the mandala design. The colorful back of the bowl looks like stained glass. All materials included and no experience necessary. Ages 21+ 


All materials are provided. The bowls will be fired and slumped after class and ready to pick up one week after class. Shipping is available for a fee.

What to Bring

Wear close-toed shoes

What You Can Expect From This Experience
  • Learn how to design with glass frit
  • Learn how to use decals
  • Learn the basics of fusing glass
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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.

EXPERIENCE REVIEWS

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    Ghazala I.
    Reviewed on 10/19/19

    Leslie is the most delightful teacher! She was so warm and welcoming, it felt like we were in her home having some laughs while making art. The glass fusing process itself was simple enough but requires some patience and focus--which was the point for me, really!

    Leslie is the most delightful teacher! She was so warm and welcoming, it felt like we were in her home having some laughs while making art. The glass fusing process itself was simple enough but requires some patience and focus--which was the point for me, really!

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    Vanessa V.
    Reviewed on 05/30/19

    Very fun experience! I would highly recommend this

    Very fun experience! I would highly recommend this

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    Jana F.
    Reviewed on 02/08/19

    I really enjoyed this class. It was different and making the mandalas was actually very calming bc you had to focus on your design which was nice. And the teacher was great :)

    I really enjoyed this class. It was different and making the mandalas was actually very calming bc you had to focus on your design which was nice. And the teacher was great :)

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    Allison R.
    Reviewed on 10/15/18

    Really fun class! Leslie was a great, patient, knowledgeable instructor. Highly creative and created a welcoming environment. Will be back!

    Really fun class! Leslie was a great, patient, knowledgeable instructor. Highly creative and created a welcoming environment. Will be back!

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    Alison A.
    Reviewed on 10/15/18

    What a perfect date night we had at the Chicago Glass Collective making Mandala bowls with Leslie. There were 5 of us in the class and we all had a great time making our fused glass bowls. Leslie was patient with all of us and went around giving tips and sharing her extensive knowledge with the class. Leslie gave a great template to follow along to, so even if you are artistically challenged like me, you will be able to make a beautiful piece. Leslie's instructions were clear and easy to follow along to and she has such a great sense of humor and made us laugh all night. I would highly recommend taking this or another class with Leslie!

    What a perfect date night we had at the Chicago Glass Collective making Mandala bowls with Leslie. There were 5 of us in the class and we all had a great time making our fused glass bowls. Leslie was patient with all of us and went around giving tips and sharing her extensive knowledge with the class. Leslie gave a great template to follow along to, so even if you are artistically challenged like me, you will be able to make a beautiful piece. Leslie's instructions were clear and easy to follow along to and she has such a great sense of humor and made us laugh all night. I would highly recommend taking this or another class with Leslie!

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    Anu S.
    Reviewed on 06/29/18

    Class was very fun! Teacher created a great environment for folks that were new. She provided detailed, step by step directions and when i would forget, helped me along the way. You come into the class and she was very prepared having everything out and ready to go for you. She clearly loves her craft, her energy is infectious and made the class fun.

    Class was very fun! Teacher created a great environment for folks that were new. She provided detailed, step by step directions and when i would forget, helped me along the way. You come into the class and she was very prepared having everything out and ready to go for you. She clearly loves her craft, her energy is infectious and made the class fun.

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    Jessica K.
    Reviewed on 06/29/18

    Leslie was an amazing teacher, as usual! The class is all about your creativity, but Leslie is ready to offer guidance when you ask for it. This class is different from other classes I have taken here as it did not involve cutting glass and instead used frit to create the bowls. It was definitely a different way to create with glass. I love taking classes here and am looking forward to returning!

    Leslie was an amazing teacher, as usual! The class is all about your creativity, but Leslie is ready to offer guidance when you ask for it. This class is different from other classes I have taken here as it did not involve cutting glass and instead used frit to create the bowls. It was definitely a different way to create with glass. I love taking classes here and am looking forward to returning!

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    Suzanne T.
    Reviewed on 06/27/18

    This class was so much fun! The instructor Leslie was very knowledgeable and walked everyone through the process of making beautiful mandala bowls with ease. She also was very willing to offer advice on colors and technique to ensure everyone was satisfied with the final product. And she stayed well past the end time for a few of us slow pokes. I’ll be taking future classes with Leslie and chicago Glass works!

    This class was so much fun! The instructor Leslie was very knowledgeable and walked everyone through the process of making beautiful mandala bowls with ease. She also was very willing to offer advice on colors and technique to ensure everyone was satisfied with the final product. And she stayed well past the end time for a few of us slow pokes. I’ll be taking future classes with Leslie and chicago Glass works!

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    Deb O.
    Reviewed on 06/27/18

    Highly recommend this class! Regardless of your artistic ability you can walk away with something beautiful!

    Highly recommend this class! Regardless of your artistic ability you can walk away with something beautiful!

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    Amy B.
    Reviewed on 03/10/18

    This was such a unique, fun, and strangely therapeutic experience. Leslie is a wonderful instructor--patient, encouraging, and very talented. I plan to sign up for more of her classes. Grab some friends and some wine and go make cool stuff out of glass!

    This was such a unique, fun, and strangely therapeutic experience. Leslie is a wonderful instructor--patient, encouraging, and very talented. I plan to sign up for more of her classes. Grab some friends and some wine and go make cool stuff out of glass!

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    Jen J.
    Reviewed on 03/07/18

    The class was very well paced, great instruction and encouragement from the teacher! It was great fun and I'd recommend it to anyone wanting to get an introduction to crafting in glassware.

    The class was very well paced, great instruction and encouragement from the teacher! It was great fun and I'd recommend it to anyone wanting to get an introduction to crafting in glassware.

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    Dana A.
    Reviewed on 01/29/18

    Leslie is a great teacher and the bowls came out beautifully. You won't learn any glass techniques in this class, but it's a fun byob night with friends.

    Leslie is a great teacher and the bowls came out beautifully. You won't learn any glass techniques in this class, but it's a fun byob night with friends.

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    Kelly K.
    Reviewed on 01/19/18

    Fun class, great for beginners - surprisingly easy. Leslie was wonderful, warm and friendly and charming.

    Fun class, great for beginners - surprisingly easy. Leslie was wonderful, warm and friendly and charming.

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    Tessa F.
    Reviewed on 11/02/17

    This was my second class at the Chicago Glass Collective with Leslie. She’s such a fun, laid back instructor. The finished product is beautiful and proudly on display at home. Can’t wait to do more with her!

    This was my second class at the Chicago Glass Collective with Leslie. She’s such a fun, laid back instructor. The finished product is beautiful and proudly on display at home. Can’t wait to do more with her!

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