Fused Glass Memory Dishes and Coasters for Mothers' Day


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Give Mom a gift this year she will never forget. Transform her favorite family photos into glass just in time for Mother's Day! Come in and create a surprise gift or sign up together and make memories. Using digital versions of your own family photos, we will create glass decals to be applied to your beautiful 4'' fused glass dishes/coasters. Design and decorate with accessory glass to make your project one-of-a-kind. You will learn how to safely cut and assemble glass into your design. You will make two 4” square glass coasters or curved dishes (or one of each).

Students must email two photos of their choice to: chicagoglasscollective@gmail.com - at least 24-48 hours before class time. We will supply your glass-friendly photo decals when you arrive for class.

Students will be instructed how to apply their photo decals to their bases, as well as design and decorate their piece using a range of colorful glass accessories. Your pieces will be fired after the workshop and available for pickup a few days later. No previous experience necessary. 

Please wear closed-toes shoes.


Chicago Glass Collective
1770 W. Berteau Avenu, Suite 203-B
Chicago, IL, 60613

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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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