Alcohol Ink Blown Glass Ornaments

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ABOUT THIS EVENT
Event Category

Arts & DIY

Event Overview

Get a taste of how to make your own blown glass ornaments in this fun, hands-on, 2-hour workshop where students will learn how to safely blow glass with a torch.


With lots of one-on-one instruction, you will then heat your glass in the torch to create your own colorful one‐of‐a‐kind holiday ornaments by blowing the glass. Very hands-on! So. Much. Fun! 


 You will receive six glass “points” that you fill with an array of beautiful alcohol inks of your choice after you make your ornament


- No experience necessary! Perfect for beginners


- Must be 16+.


- For ages 16 and 17 a parent/guardian must be present at the beginning of the class to sign the waiver


-You must wear cotton or wool clothing (no synthetic materials, for example- poly, fleece, or spandex)


- It is also best if you can stand for at least an hour off and on during the class


- If you wear glasses and have the option to wear contacts to class it would be ideal. It's just more comfortable but not a requrement.

What to Bring

Please wear close-toed shoes and cotton clothing. T-shirt, sweatshirt and jeans or khakis are good choices. Just no fleece or polyester. Dress for a bit of a mess. We have aprons if you need them... Bring a bottle of water too in case you get thirsty.

Minimum age

16 years or older

What's Provided

All supplies included. We have aprons if you need them for the alcohol inks..

What You Can Expect From This Experience
  • Glassblowing basics
  • Intro to Alcohol Inks
  • Ornament Making
  • How to use a torch
  • New Dabble experience!
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MORE ABOUT YOUR HOST

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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    David F.
    Reviewed on 01/11/24

    My partner and I had a great time! Neither of us had any experience beforehand, but our teacher explained and demonstrated each step thoroughly—both to our full group (7 people total) and individually. It was fun, easy, and far less intimidating than we expected. We definitely plan to sign up for another class at the Chicago Glass Collective again.

    My partner and I had a great time! Neither of us had any experience beforehand, but our teacher explained and demonstrated each step thoroughly—both to our full group (7 people total) and individually. It was fun, easy, and far less intimidating than we expected. We definitely plan to sign up for another class at the Chicago Glass Collective again.

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    Pamela D.
    Reviewed on 12/02/23

    Great class! I will be doing this every year! I went by myself but met some wonderful people and had a blast. Totally recommend it.

    Great class! I will be doing this every year! I went by myself but met some wonderful people and had a blast. Totally recommend it.

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    Dana L.
    Reviewed on 11/15/23

    I went with a group for 4 ladies. We had a blast glass blowing and decorating our ornaments. It was so much fun trying something new out of our comfort zones. I highly recommend it.

    I went with a group for 4 ladies. We had a blast glass blowing and decorating our ornaments. It was so much fun trying something new out of our comfort zones. I highly recommend it.

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    Shay S.
    Reviewed on 11/09/23

    This class was great. Learned a lot and David the instructor was very knowledgeable, funny, and patient. The demos were my favorite and being able to take the pieces home the same night was a plus.

    This class was great. Learned a lot and David the instructor was very knowledgeable, funny, and patient. The demos were my favorite and being able to take the pieces home the same night was a plus.

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    Sarah Jane Y.
    Reviewed on 01/25/20

    The class was great! It was fun to make the ornaments, and easy enough to do! And it’s really nice you get to leave the class with your ornaments done and ready to hang.

    The class was great! It was fun to make the ornaments, and easy enough to do! And it’s really nice you get to leave the class with your ornaments done and ready to hang.

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    Carrie D.
    Reviewed on 12/16/19

    This was a great class! The instructor was super helpful and clear, and set a great friendly vibe for the class. It was very fun to learn how to do the glass-blowing and I really appreciate that this class included several ornaments, so you have opportunities to improve as you go. The coloring part was also great, with class members experimenting together and trading tips to create beautiful finished pieces. I highly recommend this class!

    This was a great class! The instructor was super helpful and clear, and set a great friendly vibe for the class. It was very fun to learn how to do the glass-blowing and I really appreciate that this class included several ornaments, so you have opportunities to improve as you go. The coloring part was also great, with class members experimenting together and trading tips to create beautiful finished pieces. I highly recommend this class!

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    Nicki G.
    Reviewed on 12/13/19

    Take this class!

    Top five reasons why this class is great:
    1. The class size was small enough (8 people) that everyone got plenty of one-on-one attention.
    2. I have no experience working with glass, and Leslie the owner/instructor kept the process informative and entertaining for the entire two hours.
    3. I went alone, and everyone was friendly and equally excited to be there.
    4. We were able to blow, decorate, and finish the ornaments during the class, no need to pick up your creation at a later date.
    5. I left the class with five beautiful ornaments (I purchased one extra glass tube for $6).

    I will be on the lookout for future classes at Chicago Glass Collective.

    Take this class!

    Top five reasons why this class is great:
    1. The class size was small enough (8 people) that everyone got plenty of one-on-one attention.
    2. I have no experience working with glass, and Leslie the owner/instructor kept the process informative and entertaining for the entire two hours.
    3. I went alone, and everyone was friendly and equally excited to be there.
    4. We were able to blow, decorate, and finish the ornaments during the class, no need to pick up your creation at a later date.
    5. I left the class with five beautiful ornaments (I purchased one extra glass tube for $6).

    I will be on the lookout for future classes at Chicago Glass Collective.

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    Megan H.
    Reviewed on 11/19/19

    This class was very fun and the teacher was very engaging and knew what she was doing. Would recommend to anyone!

    This class was very fun and the teacher was very engaging and knew what she was doing. Would recommend to anyone!

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