Family Fusing | Garden and Plant Stakes
Arts & DIY
Make your own whimsical and colorful herb, fruit and vegetable markers for your garden! Learn to safely cut and assemble flat glass and use a variety of colored glass, frit, stringers, and embellishments to make your pieces. You will create 3 playful and useful 3" x 3" handmade garden and/or plant stake in this fun and informative workshop. You may choose to use the metal plant steaks or create them entirely out of glass. You could also combine the two options.
Great for a family outing after the farmers' market or for your Garden Club or friends from your Community Garden.
No experience required and all materials provided. Additional markers may be made for $15 ea. Pieces may be picked up one to two-weeks after firing. Ages 12+
We will glue on the metal stakes for you at the studio before you pick up so they will be ready to go in your garden when you get home. Pieces will be ready 2 weeks after class.
Wear close-toed shoes
12 years or older
All materials are provided
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.