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Chicago Glass Collective

5 | 189 reviews

Chicago, IL

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.

Chi's Reviews

5 | 189 reviews
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    Jana S.
    BYOB- Fused Glass Appetizer Plate- Make Your Own!

    I really enjoyed this class. Leslie was super helpful, informative, and patient. I love my sushi plate.

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    Amber P.
    BYOB- Fused Glass Appetizer Plate- Make Your Own!

    I love Leslie and CGC! This is the second workshop I have taken and I can't get enough. Glass working is so addictive and it is so fun to be creative with this kind of medium. Leslie is knowledgable and passionate about what she does and you can see she loves sharing it with others.

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    Amber P.
    BYOB- Fused Glass Appetizer Plate- Make Your Own!

    I love Leslie and CGC! This was my second workshop and I can't wait to take more. Leslie is knowledgable and passionate about her work and art and it is plain to see, she makes it fun and exciting. HIGHLY recommend going for any class.

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    Kandy C.
    BYOB- Fused Glass Appetizer Plate- Make Your Own!

    Leslie was a great teacher and very encouraging. She gave us free rein to create our own designs and it was so much fun to see what everyone created. I definitely want to go back and take another class.

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    Amber P.
    Make Glass Beads & Bracelets

    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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    Madeline B.
    Make Glass Beads & Bracelets

    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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    Linda C.
    Make Glass Beads & Bracelets

    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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    Lindsey F.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Leslie is a great teacher, and the class was well-run. I didn't know anything about making things out of glass and I learned a lot in the 2 hours, and left with some pieces I was very proud of. The studio space is perfectly set up for group instruction, and the small class size lends well to individual attention.

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    Sarah C.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This was great. I was a little skeptical at first, as I was not familiar with the area or the building, but the class was fun! I like the little ornaments we made. Don't expect perfect ornaments! It's tricky to get the hang of. Sign up if you want to learn something new and appreciate fun imperfections.

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    Kelly F.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    The glass blown ornaments class was great! Leslie provided full explanations and demonstrations, and worked hands-on with students of all speeds in this class, as some of us caught on quicker/slower than others. It wasn't as intimidating as I thought it would be to blow glass, and I'll likely be back for more glass classes at Chicago Glass Collective.

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    Audra H.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This class was so enjoyable. I had taken a similar class at another glass works facility in the city and I learned so much more with this experience. I even was able to make a round ornament! It was a casual and inviting atmosphere and I felt very comfortable asking questions and diving right into the process. I would recommend this to anyone who is curious about the art of glass blowing or if you just want to make some really amazing hand done gifts. Thank you!!!

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    Emily L.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Leslie was an awesome teacher! She was laid-back, fun, and really knew what she was doing. Leslie kindly instructed us and helped us to make the best ornaments we could make! Thanks, Leslie! We had a great time.

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    Tara K.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    wonderful experience!

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    Linda M F.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Very fun. Something that I have always wanted to do. Hands on, individual attention. Great demos to build confidence. Highly recommend this class and teacher!

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    Megan L.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Loved this class! Leslie is a great instructor; she not only tells you what needs to be done, but explains the 'why' behind it which I find really helpful. Leslie clearly has a passion for introducing others to glass blowing, and her enthusiasm is contagious. I had so much fun making ornaments! I think I know what everyone will be getting for Christmas this year...

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    Wendy K.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Had a great time making ornaments! The teacher was very knowledgable and enthusiastic. Highly recommend this for anyone who wants to get their holiday craft on.

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    Don A.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This class was a lot of fun. I went with a group of friends and we all had a great time!

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    Julia H.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This class was SO AWESOME!! Leslie is a fun and engaging teacher. She really made the studio accessible. By the end of class I really felt comfortable using the equipment and I could see myself making more things!

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    Sarah B.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This is by far the best Dabble class I've taken- I was not expecting to get as much hands on time and walked away with 5 gorgeous ornaments! I can't wait to go back!

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    Conrad F.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Worth every penny! Such a fun class and great intimate setting (only 6 people). Great to learn some basics in glass blowing. So much fun, I would highly recommend it for anyone!

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    Andrea U.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This class was excellent and I came home with 5 ornaments I'm happy to hang on my tree. Leslie is knowledgeable, organized and terrific! I can't wait to go back.

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    Sarah I.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This class was incredible! Leslie made everything seem safe and easy, and coached us through any step we wanted help with. It was so much fun to do, and I really enjoyed being able to take the ornaments home that night. I can't wait to go back and do more - just 2 hours isn't nearly enough!

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    Kelly T.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    My date and I had the most fun at Leslie's glass studio! She is the friendliest, most upbeat and awesome teacher with such a passion to share her craft with others curious enough to try it out. My favorite aspect about the workshop is how Leslie shows you just enough of the basics of glassblowing and then gives you as much time as possible to work on your own. She's always there to help out, but she truly wants you to create your own experience! Will definitely look out for more workshops led by the Chicago Glass Collective!

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    Alissa T.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This was such a fun class! We had a great time and walked out with 5 beautiful (even if they aren't perfect) ornaments. I'm so excited to share these over the holiday!

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    Bob S.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    A very fun experience! Leslie's a fun and supportive teacher who was able to quickly troubleshoot my work. Looking forward to more classes here for sure.

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    Laura H.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This class is awesome! I was kind of scared at first dealing with an open flame and molten glass, but the way this class is structured is super helpful. The teacher goes over all the basics and does two demos, then you make two ornaments on your own with Leslie moving between students to give feedback and encouragement.

    Then she does another demo so you can improve your technique for the last three ornaments- that's right, for the cost of the class you get to take home FIVE ornaments that night. Additional ones were $6 I believe. You learn to score and break the glass as well to attach the ornament top for hanging.

    I left with three pretty dang near perfect ornaments and two adorably lopsided ones in the colors I chose.

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    Maggie G.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This class was so fantastic! It's something I'd always wanted to try, and Leslie was a great teacher. I think our whole class was a little apprehensive about working with blowtorches and molten glass, but she made it look so easy. We all got the hang of it and gained more confidence as the class progressed. So much fun!

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    Lois L.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This was a really awesome experience! It was a lot of fun and I came home with 5 of my very own, unique tree ornaments! And I have a new appreciation for this art and the artists who have mastered it! Leslie was a great teacher, a lot of fun, and VERY patient!

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    Kate J.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    So much fun cant wait to take another class

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    Julie T.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Leslie rocks! Three of my girlfriends and I went to do something crafty and learn something new....and we got even more than we bargained for! (and we are a tough crowd of potters/painters/mosaicists) We came home having overcome our fears of using a torch, made gorgeous glass ornaments, and a desire to learn even more! We will definitely be taking Leslie's next class and are thrilled with the experience. She is down to earth, hands on, and hilarious!

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    Erin K.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    LOVED getting to try this way of making ornaments...so want to do another session to perfect my 'skills!' Fun night!

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    Rebecca E.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    We had a great time making ornaments! It was a super fun and easy class. I'd love to do it again. Leslie was patient and informative. It was a really great way to spend an evening.

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    Linda L.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Fantastic class - really had hands on assistance and learned the basics of glass blowing. Would love to do this one again!

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    Sera S.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Great class! The teacher was very positive and a great instructor! We had a lot of fun and everyone ended up with some very unique-looking ornaments. I highly recommend trying Chicago Glass Collective out.

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    Jessica K.
    BYOB- Fused Glass Appetizer Plate- Make Your Own!

    What a great class! Super laid back but informative, creative and fun. I will for sure take more classes here, highly recommend!

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    Alison B.
    BYOB- Fused Glass Appetizer Plate- Make Your Own!

    This class was really fun! The environment was really relaxed and encouraged creativity. All of the participants in the class had fun together creating unique pieces of functional art. Leslie was very helpful and did a short overview on what everything is and how it works before letting us run wild. It was cool to see how everyone took the same tools and materials and created vastly different pieces. The sushi plate is smaller than I thought from the picture, but the experience was very fun and memorable. I would recommend.

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    Maggie G.
    BYOB- Fused Glass Appetizer Plate- Make Your Own!

    Loved this class! Leslie is a fun and engaging teacher and makes the techniques look easy. Already thinking of new projects to do with Chicago Glass Collective...

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    Wendy K.
    BYOB- Fused Glass Appetizer Plate- Make Your Own!

    Very informative glass. Had a blast and loved all the options for making my glass plate!

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    Katie K.
    BYOB- Graphic Glass Coasters- Intro to Glass Fusing

    This class was great! The teacher was very talented and knowledgeable. It was very worth the money. Looking forward to taking the glass blowing ornament class in the winter !

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    Jessica N.
    BYOB- Graphic Glass Coasters- Intro to Glass Fusing

    I had SO much fun!
    Leslie is so awesome and informative!
    Great class and great tablemates!
    I will definitely be back!

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    Tanya D.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    So much fun! My husband and I went and we both are planning to go back. The teacher was great--informative, funny and approachable.

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    Heather E.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Great class and lots of fun!!

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    Mike L.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This class was so much fun! Leslie is very informative and really does a great job teaching you how to make the ornaments. It was really cool, and much easier than I thought it would be. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, and will definitely be hanging my home made ornaments on the tree this Christmas!

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    Shanna K.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Went to the glass blowing class for a birthday gift. Great time, great instruction. walked away with 12 hand blown ornaments. Would definitely go back again.

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    Emily W.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This class was a ton of fun and my ornaments look great!

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    Kevin S.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Leslie is high energy and makes the entire experience fun. You laugh the whole time because if you haven't glass blown before, it's a true technique and things turn out in funny shapes. But once you've done one or two and observed others it's easy and fun. Highly recommend. Leslie is great.

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    Kelly G.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This is a great class. Kit was a wonderful teacher and the whole process was easy to understand.

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    Cindy G.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Great class! Easy to learn and we came away with several completed ornaments.

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    Janine M.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    LOVED this class! Took me a few ornaments to get the hang of it, and left with four nice ones. Even the ugly 'rejects' will still look cute on the tree though! Kit was a great teacher. Fun class, great location, easy, free street parking. I'd recommend it!

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    Katie K.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Fantastic class, with fantastic teacher! Leslie is very knowledgeable and friendly. I have also taken her glass fusing coaster class. I cannot wait to take another class at the Chicago Glass Collective!

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    Mara B.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    We had Kit and she was a great teacher. She was very patient and made sure we all were working correctly. We were a group of 6 and all had a blast. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone. We were a very diverse group with different interests but everyone had a great time!!!

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    Tiffany P.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Super fun! I made 6 pretty ornaments. It was addictive & I kind of want to go back to make more.

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    Alisa B.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Leslie is great. She explained things very well and the class was fun. The ornaments are quite beautiful. Also, you get to make 6 which was a pleasant surprise.

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    Jen R.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This was a terrific class, with a great teacher, facilities, and project. I've been wanting to blow glass for a long while, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I also thought the admin side - follow-up emails, directions, class specifications - was handled very well, making it easy to to come and have fun. Thank you!

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    Matthew S.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This class was great. It was a lot of fun, and it is easy enough that you actually get to leave with someone good at the end.

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    Catherine S.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Loved the class! A great beginner class with clear instructions.
    We left with 6 wobly ornaments... and had some fun doing them!

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    Lucia M.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Loved this class!!! Small class plenty of instruction and a very nice way to get a good idea of how to make ornaments . Instructor was funny, knowledgable and super friendly. Well worth the money and time.

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    Jessica N.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    I had SO much fun!!!
    I loved how all my ornaments turned out and I am proudly displaying them on my tree!!!
    Thanks for another awesome class!!!

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    Robin W.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Loved this class. Me technique needs lots of practice, but I am looking forward to taking other classes in the future.

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    Sherry R.
    BYOB- Fused Glass Appetizer Plate- Make Your Own!

    THANK YOU for a DEELIGHTFUL time yesterday.
    Not only did I learn something, and produce something, I had
    a really great time, Leslie made it a wonderful experience!

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    Heather E.
    BYOB- Fused Glass Appetizer Plate- Make Your Own!

    Always a good time in Leslie's classes. Can't wait too see how the plates turned out.

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    Kari M.
    Glass Fusing 101-Make a Beautiful Fused Glass Window Mosaics!

    I had a really fun time with two friends in from out of town.Short-term class, new experience, able to be creative. I'd do it again!

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    Marilyn F.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This was my first time going to a class about making glass, and I am so glad I did. What a wonderful experience!

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    Annmarie M.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This was a great way to spend an afternoon with my daughter, we had FUN! The teacher was very helpful and made sure we all understood the process. I would recommend this class to everyone, and would take it again.

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    Kristy L.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This class was great! We learned a lot and came away with 12 ornaments (there were two of us) to gift out to our families this year.

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    Bridget M.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Leslie was fantastic! Such a great teacher. The class was engaging and SO. MUCH. FUN! Leslie had such a laid back attitude that made me feel really comfortable asking questions and getting help. Everyone left with such beautiful and unique ornaments. Honestly, we had a total blast!! Will definitely going back for future classes with Leslie. Will be sure to bring along my aunts, sisters, and friends.

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    Lisa P.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    My boyfriend and I enrolled as a fun way to celebrate our anniversary. What a unique experience! Our teacher, Leslie, was really great. She thoroughly explained everything, helped us out one-on-one, and even quelled my fears (I am a bit scared of fire and you definitely are exposed to it in this class). The ornaments are not perfect but I have such an appreciation now for anything hand-blown that is! Even if you're only mildly curious about glass-blowing, take this class.

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    Patty O.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Great class and LOVED the space. The teacher was excellent. Would do again!

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    Alexis E.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    What a cool experience! I had no idea what to expect going into a glass blowing class, but I came away with some awesome ornaments and a great learning experience. It was definitely not easy, so you kind of have to accept that things might not go perfectly, but it's still so much fun and some things WILL go right! Leslie, our teacher, was very descriptive in her demonstrations and very attentive to our needs. She was encouraging and made you do everything for yourself, even if you were nervous. I would highly recommend this class!

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    Jan S.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This class was awesome! We learned how to blow glass ornaments and had a great time doing it. Instruction was clear, and the instructor was hands on with all in the class. This was my first experience with Dabble, and I'm sure it won't be my last!

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    Erica W.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Fantastic time! Great energy and information!! I went home with some fabulous ornaments and I cannot wait to give them as gifts!

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    Laura B.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Class was so much fun. Lindsay the teacher was friendly, knowledgeable, super helpful, and a good time. Came out with beautiful ornaments!

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    Laura D.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    What an awesome experience! My friends and I had a great time. Leslie was a fantastic teacher and we created some really pretty ornaments. I would totally do this class again and highly recommend it to anyone curious about glass blowing. Thank you Chicago Glass Collective and Dabble!

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    Susan H.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    The weather outside was frightful and only two people braved the elements for the class. That made it a perfect learning experience. I felt like we were having a private lesson. My lopsided ornaments will have a place of honor on my tree this year!

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    Carol R.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    I thought the class was great!! I so enjoyed the whole experience and getting so much individual support. Thank you to Leslie; for your time and sharing your expertise!!!

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    Fabiana L.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Really good intro class to glass using torches instead of a furnace. Good flow to the class and fun. Walked away with 6 ornaments (some better than others).

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    Raquel G.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This was my first dabble class and it was just a wonderful experience. Leslie took the time to explain the process and guide you through the entire process. Definitely a class I would recommend!

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    Samantha T.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Such a fun class! No experience required. Lots of hands on support to make a handful of beautiful ornaments.

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    Jessie A.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This class was really fun! The time flew by and we walked out with 6 beautiful, personal ornaments to keep or give out to friends/family.

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    Rebecca S.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Great class and I love my ornaments!

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    Bonnie M.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    the blown glass ornament class was outstanding, and we would highly recommend it! Leslie was a fabulous teacher, and kept the class small enough to provide individual attention. We plan to try other classes with her.

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    Ellen W.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Great class!! I would highly recommend it.

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    Julia K.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    I left this class feeling creative, successful, and empowered thanks to blazing torch flames, cheerful classmates, and the skills of a great teacher who has crafted the perfect experience for this class. Everyone in our class made it out with 6 glass ornaments to use right away or give as gifts. through the whole process we got to continually practice, take breaks, and help each other. I can't recommend this class and this educator any higher. I loved it! Thanks, Leslie!

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    Lisa S.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    The glass blown ornaments class was awesome! I loved that I was doing it on my own, but she was keeping an eye on me and offering help along the way. I bought extra points since I'm giving most of these as presents, and I left with 8 great looking ornaments. I'll be looking for more classes at Chicago Glass Collective!

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    Jessica K.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This was the second class that my fiancé and I have taken together at Chicago Glass Collective. The first one was a glass fusing class, which we really enjoyed. This ornament class was awesome! Leslie gives you enough hand over hand experience for you to feel safe working on your ornaments, but then lets you work on your own and really have the experience of blowing the glass into the ornament from beginning to end. We each made 6 ornaments and we had a ton of fun. We're going to try to do the class again next year!

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    Briette M.
    Fused Glass Snowflakes and Holiday Ornaments- Make Your Own!

    This was my first time working with glass and it was a blast. Sarah Beth is a very patient and knowledgeable instructor. Thanks to her, I never felt unsure of myself for a minute, and I had so much fun while I worked. She clearly cared that each of our projects were a success, and thanks to her guidance, I LOVE how my ornaments turned out. I loved the studio and my interest in glasswork has been piqued. I'll be back to take another of her classes, for sure.

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    Kathryn M.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    I went to the class with my daughter and daughter in law and we had the best time! Our teacher, Sarah Beth, explained everything we needed to know down to the smallest detail. Even though there were six of us making ornaments, you felt like the only one she was teaching. I definitely will try another class!

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    Mandy M.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    We had a fabulous time. Leslie was a great instructor and our classmates were really fun. We'll totally be back!

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    Jonathan A.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Excellent class with a great instructor.

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    Ali T.
    Make Your Own Glass Fish- Play with Fire! Glass Beadmaking 101

    What a great class! Leslie is great and providined clear instruction, demos, and individual feedback. Will definitely head back for more classes!

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    Rodney S.
    Make Your Own Glass Fish- Play with Fire! Glass Beadmaking 101

    I had a great time "playing with fire and glass". Leslie was a super teacher! I would encourage more guys to take the class (I was the only guy there our of 6 students). It was a lot of fun!

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    Mary H.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    It was an awesome birthday present/date.

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    Regina B.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Thanks for a wonderful first introduction to glass ornament blowing. Great teaching & fun atmosphere! Highly recommend it.

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    Kate D.
    City of Glass: Glass Fusing 101!

    Loved this! I had no idea that glass fusing was so easy! This was an awesome night out with a friend. We could catch up and simultaneously make an awesome Valentine's Day present :) Highly recommend!

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    Lauren P.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    My fiancé and I had so much fun at this class. We weren't sure what to expect, but we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will definitely be back for another one!

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    Jennifer K.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Great class! The instructor is AWESOME. Left the class feeling confident and very pleased with my ornaments.Highly recommend any of the classes offered at the Chicago Glass Collective.

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    Jennifer K.
    City of Glass: Glass Fusing 101!

    This class was so much fun! By far, my favorite class at the Chicago Glass Collective but highly recommend any class offered there. Instructor was great, very informative and helpful. Can't wait to see what else I can create there.

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    Suzanne R.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Super fun and easy to pick up- recommend this solo as I did it or with friends!

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    Donna S.
    Make Your Own Glass Fish- Play with Fire! Glass Beadmaking 101

    This was my first Dabble experience. It was so fun! Leslie is an excellent teacher, positive and encouraging. She demonstrated, then let us try ourselves, while she walked around and gave suggestions. Then she demonstrated again, so we could see how we could improve, while adding a new step. A great learning experience that was fun, educational, and a great way to try something new.

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    Jennifer K.
    Make Your Own Glass Fish- Play with Fire! Glass Beadmaking 101

    Once again, Chicago Glass Collective outdid themselves! Ready to move past Dabble and start taking on a new craft with this studio. Bead making is a challenge but with excellent instruction and examples, I went home with some great beads.

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    Megan F.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    The Chicago Glass Collective's Blown Glass Ornaments class was perfect for a beginner who wants to try something new. Leslie led us through all of the steps in making glass ornaments, and made those of us (me!) who were a little scared about working with open flames feel very comfortable. I went with my mom, who was also a little nervous, and Leslie was very supportive to her. Everyone in the class walked away with 6 beautiful ornaments, and the feeling of satisfaction that comes with making something from hand. I would highly recommend this class to anyone who has ever been interested in glass arts!

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    Tim H.
    Fused Glass Snowflakes and Holiday Ornaments- Make Your Own!

    Enjoyable classes - teacher is patient and encouraging with people of all levels. When one of our fused snowflakes didn't turn out right, she let us remake it. Comfortable design space and lots of variety of materials provided. Definitely recommend glass classes here.

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    Tracy K.
    Easter Inspired Blown Glass "Egg" Ornaments - Make Your Own!

    This class is a MUST DO! I have never blown glass before but loved it and will continue to increase my glass as an art medium. Leslie the teacher is a wonderful patient teacher. She helped us feel confident throughout the process. The class is limited to 6 which is perfect to receive personal instruction and help. I highly recommend this class to everyone.

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    Jennifer P.
    Easter Inspired Blown Glass "Egg" Ornaments - Make Your Own!

    Leslie is an excellent teacher! The class is awesome and you will leave with fantastic ornaments!

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    Janet N.
    Make Your Own Glass Blown Watering Globes for Mother's Day!

    I had a wonderful experience in Leslie's class. She was very patient and ensured that we all had the same attention and encouragement. She made it fun! Her studio space is light and clean and comfortable

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    Jennifer K.
    Fused Glass Passover/Seder Plates- Make Your Own!

    Another AWESOME class at Chicago Glass Collective! Myra is a wonderful teacher-very helpful and clear on instruction. The class was relaxing and fun, a place to be social and creative. I will definitely be returning!!!

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    Andrea W.
    Fused Glass Passover/Seder Plates- Make Your Own!

    The class was well-organized and materials were prepared making it easy to complete the project. It was a lot of fun.

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    Jan F.
    Make Your Own Glass Blown Watering Globes for Mother's Day!

    Great teacher, clear, super encouraging and conveys her confidence that "you can do this" and do it well! I would highly recommend her.

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    Jeff C.
    Make Your Own Glass Blown Watering Globes for Mother's Day!

    always wanted to try this. it was fun, and I made some cool stuff. doing it makes me want to try some new things. met some great people in the class too. one couple was there on a date!

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    Cathy S.
    Fused Glass Coral Bowls-Make Your Own!

    The photo on Dabble of the final product made me want to give this class a try. It was a very interesting experience and a fun way to spend a Friday night. The teacher offered a detailed demonstration and left us to use our creativity to make the coral style glass bowl. It was a great experience overall!

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    Laura D.
    Fused Glass Coral Bowls-Make Your Own!

    Awesome class. Leslie, the instructor, was absolutely terrific and extremely patient. I loved her class so much, I'm going to take some private lessons with her after the 4th of July and look forward to more of her glass classes.
    BTW, the facility was immaculate, as was the bathroom and the entire building. It was a pleasure being there.
    LOVE your Dabble classes. Very fun and interesting.
    Thanks and very BEST,
    Laura Dion-Jones

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    Laura H.
    Glass Snowflake Ornaments: Make Your Own!

    Super fun class! Leslie was very informative, relaxed, and receptive to answering all questions. I would take this class again - or another taught by her :)

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    Jessy L.
    Fused Glass Passover/Seder Plates- Make Your Own!

    This class was SO easy and fun... and best of all, my mom CRIED when she opened the seder plate I made her! If you're interested in glass work, but scared of fire, this is the type of class you want to intro yourself with. Definitely worth the value to take home something I know will stay in my family for years and years to come. Thanks for a great experience!

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    Karen N.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This was a great class! Beth Ann was an informative, patient teacher. I want to try it again!

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    Kelly P.
    Fused Glass Coral Bowls-Make Your Own!

    I've taken several classes here and they're all so fun! She helps everyone individually and explains the concepts very well. It's definitely a learning experience which is why I keep going back! Highly recommend.

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    Denise E.
    Christmas in July! Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornament

    Leslie was a great hostess, entertaining as well as instructive. We had a fun time and left with some great glass ornaments and plant feeders. I highly recommend her studio and Leslie as an instructor

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    Susan H.
    Fused Glass Coral Bowls-Make Your Own!

    This class was so much fun. Leslie is a great teacher/coach. She makes it easy for us, but let's us experiment so we know the whole process. This is the second glass I have taken with her and I look forward to more!

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    Alex M.
    Christmas in July! Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornament

    Our glass blowing experience was great! It was a simple enough project for a first time glass blowing experience, but still produced a great final product that will be on our Christmad tree. The class size was small enough that we could get individual attention to help us improve our techniques between ornaments. I would definitely do this again.

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    Leesa A.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    I had an EXCELLENT time dabbling in glass blowing for the first time. The class was laid back, fun & safe! I will definitely be back to try another class with Leslie!

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    Jennifer P.
    Fused Glass Coral Bowls-Make Your Own!

    Class was great.

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    Wendy G.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Classes with Leslie at CGC are always fun! She is thorough with instructions and encouraging, especially when some of the glass work can be intimidating or hard to do. She's very accommodating and clearly enjoys helping people learn the craft of glass working.

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    Jennifer P.
    BYOB- City of Glass...Glass Fusing 101!

    Fantastic class. Leslie is a great teacher and gives excellent guidance. Atmosphere is laid back and encouraging.

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    Judy W.
    Glass Bead Earrings: Intro to Flame-working

    Leslie is positive and upbeat as a teacher. Makes everyone feel as if they are doing a good job! Her teaching skills were clear, concise and gave feedback on what needed to be corrected.

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    Jennifer P.
    Glass Bead Earrings: Intro to Flame-working

    Fantastic class. Hands on after great instruction on how to create glass beads. Plenty of time and able to make several beads.

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    Jennifer P.
    BYOB- Fused Glass Appetizer Plate- Make Your Own!

    Class was amazing. Instruction was hands on and we were encouraged to create any design we wanted. Leslie offered assistance on the more difficult parts so the designs chosen would be flawless.

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    Kris P.
    BYOB- Fused Glass Appetizer Plate- Make Your Own!

    Great class. Made a plate with a bunch of flowers on it.

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    Wendy G.
    Fused Glass Coral Bowls-Make Your Own!

    Classes with Leslie are always fun and informative. Though the glass coral bowls were quite smaller than I expected, it was still an enjoyable project and the end product came out well. Leslie is always available for assistance and advising through out the process.

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    Adam I.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Awesome class, awesome teacher.

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    Tim H.
    Fused Glass Coral Bowls-Make Your Own!

    Class was interesting and Leslie is patient and encouraging, and provides many materials to choose from to individualize your piece. I tend to work slow and am a bit of a perfectionist, but Leslie helped me with advice and support to design a bowl I was happy with.

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    Anushka G.
    Fused Glass Coral Bowls-Make Your Own!

    Great intro class to glass cutting! Loved the concept and that the instructor walked around to make sure everyone was able to fulfill their vision of what they wanted their coral bowl to look like.

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    Courtney B.
    Fused Glass Coral Bowls-Make Your Own!

    This class was not what I was expecting, but was fun and I am excited to see our finished bowls. I thought there would be some furnaces and glass melting involved, but this was more about selecting your glass and arranging it for a bowl. Leslie was friendly and a very helpful instructor - especially with the design. Can't wait to see how they turn out! Note you have to come back later to get your bowl (so not good for short term Chicago visitors).

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    Vicki W.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Fun, fun, fun! With such a small group (3 including me!) Leslie gave us outstanding personal attention and positive feedback. Even my klutzy, non-artistic self came home with some passable keep-sakes to put on our tree and give away...

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    Sarah Q.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    We had a great time! I can't wait to try another class!

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    Ali T.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Great class! In fact, this is the second time I've taken the class. I loved it so much the first time, that I brought another friend this time. Leslie is a great instructor and has structured the class very well with clear instruction - there is a good amount of instruction time, individual attention, and time to create. I came out with a great set of ornaments. What a great way to spend a cold afternoon. I'm looking forward to going back for more classes!

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    Amy S.
    Fused Glass Snowflakes and Holiday Ornaments- Make Your Own!

    What a fun class! The teacher was warm, relaxed, helpful, and encouraging. We had a blast and I'll definitely be doing more dabbling, and more with the Chicago Stained Glass Collective. Highly recommended!

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    Melissa J.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Different from other glass blowing classes I have done; really cool to learn a different technique.

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    Jessie A.
    Fused Glass Snowflakes and Holiday Ornaments- Make Your Own!

    This is my second class with the Chicago Glass Collective. Like the last, this one was really fun! The time flew by while we were crafting 2 beautiful ornaments to later take home. Leslie is a great teacher, very patient. I look forward to taking more classes in the future.

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    Nicole M.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This class was fantastic! Small class size and attentive instruction, allowed for a very fun afternoon. I was able to walk away with adorable ornaments and will definitely be back for more glasswork classes!

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    Lisa W.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Great experience and Great fun!
    Leslie was enthusiastic, patient, talented and shared her talents with all of us thoughtfully!

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    Anna P.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Such a fun class. I was worried it would be difficult and stressful, but the instruction and support were great. Leslie is a great teacher and I look forward to taking more of her classes!

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    Andrea F.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This class was so much fun! Signed up with two other friends, and we loved it! The instructor, Leslie, was great! She explained everything clearly and gave us an idea of what to expect, had all the materials ready and on hand to demonstrate, and gave great one-on-one guidance. I would love to take this class again!

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    Brian S.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Great experience! I've always wanted to do this and it's a lot easier than I thought it would be. Leslie is a wonderful instructor and her directions were very clear. If you don't sign up and take this class you are missing an experience of a lifetime.

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    Amber B.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This class was a lot of fun and our teacher was very funny, upbeat and entertaining. The process involved seems straight forward, but is harder than it appears. You get 5 tries, and I felt that it took me until try 5 to really understand what worked and what didn't. Just when I got the hang of it I was out of materials. One person had one of her ornaments break while she was working with it and was not allowed to make another one. I thought that this was a bit harsh to not be allowed at least one more try! This class was on the expensive end and I don't know that I feel that the overall cost was worth what I walked away with at the end of class... but it was fun and something different to try out!

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    Nicole B.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Leslie (the teacher) is patient, kind, and great at teaching!

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    Lisa H.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This class was so much fun! There was plenty of one-on-one time so the teacher could reassure nervous students (a.k.a. me). I've always wanted to try blowing glass, and this class did not disappoint. It was an even bigger bonus that I took the holiday-themed class and got to make ornaments. I will definitely be doing this again!

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    Kate H.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Such a fun class! Love my ornaments and need to come back next year for more!

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    Amourena T.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    I had a great time at this class. The teacher was super helpful and very informative. I would recommend this to anyone to learn something new and to have lots of fun doing it!

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    Amy K.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Very fun class. The teacher was very thorough in explaining all steps of the process, and she gave several demonstrations, which were much appreciated. I was a bit apprehensive about having my bare hand so close to a torch flame, but there truly was nothing to worry about. I enjoyed the fact that we got six tries to get the hang of it, and six ornaments if you managed not to blow too hard and break any of them. Pretty hard to get them exactly perfect, but even the wonky ones turn out pretty cool looking.

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    Carrie F.
    Glass Snowflake Ornaments: Make Your Own!

    Great class and amazing teacher! I highly recommend this class!

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    Tabatha W.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Great teacher!! Fun class! Beautiful result!

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    Kaeli H.
    Glass Snowflake Ornaments: Make Your Own!

    This review is for snowflake ornaments. Super unique, creative idea! Loved it! Details: There are molds of two different types of snowflakes. Each person creates their own color schemes for both types of snowflakes. You can be as intricate or basic as you'd like. You are provided with several tools to accomplish this. Note that you do need to pick up the snowflakes at a later date.

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    Abby B.
    Glass Snowflake Ornaments: Make Your Own!

    Leslie was fabulous! She made the process very easy to follow and helped me determine which colors would blend well together. I would recommend this class!

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    Diane T.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Had always wanted to try working with glass, and this was a great introduction. Our teacher gave us clear verbal instructions before giving us a demo, and then oversaw our first glassblowing efforts and gave us tips to improve our next efforts. I definitely felt like I was getting the hang of it before the end of class, and I ended up with six lovely (if slightly imperfect) ornaments. I definitely want to try other classes at this studio.

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    David S.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Didn't know what to expect and was very pleased. The teacher took her time to make sure each student received equal time. We ended up each making beautiful gifts for the holiday. I would even take future classes they offer.
    Thanks!

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    Samantha I.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    My boyfriend and I had such a great time at this class. The teacher explained everything clearly and made us all feel very safe as we were handling hot glass. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a unique thing to do around the holidays!

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    Sheridan M.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    A great beginner's course to glass blowing. This glass is easier than many of other glass blowing classes since the General shape has. Even made and you use a torch rather than a hot flame in an oven. I didn't go with friends, but was still a great experience. Good opportunities to socialize and a fun activity to take you out of your comfort zone.

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    Maggie G.
    Glass Snowflake Ornaments: Make Your Own!

    What a wonderful, easy-peasy class with quick and beautiful results! Always a treat taking classes at Chicago Glass Collective!

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    Meghan M.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    This was a great class and you get to leave with beautiful orniments. The instructor was patient and encouraging- really enjoyed his class!

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    Jennifer P.
    Fused Glass Snowflakes and Holiday Ornaments- Make Your Own!

    Great class! Leslie is an awesome instructor

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    Kathy M.
    BYOB- Graphic Glass Coasters- Intro to Glass Fusing

    This is the 5th or 6th class I've taken with Leslie and the Chicago Glass Collective. I always have a great time and come away with a piece of art that I've created and am super proud of.

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    Marette F.
    BYOB Hearts of Glass! Fused Glass Candy Dish for Valentine's Day

    Leslie was a great teacher and she helped us make our ideas come to life. The class felt like we were just hanging out while creating a lovely glass dish. This would make a great date or friend outing. It's also BYOB.

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    Anne B.
    Fused Glass Coral Bowls-Make Your Own!

    Fun activity, will definitely go back with my kids!

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    Zachary H.
    BYOB- City of Glass...Glass Fusing 101!

    This was my first time dabbling. The class was fun, informative, and a great experience. The energy was positive and the studio was delightful. I've signed up for two more classes...Because I can't wait to make more things with glass.

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    Jordan R.
    BYOB- City of Glass...Glass Fusing 101!

    A friend and I went to this class with no previous glass work experience. Leslie was great. She explained everything and made the class very accessible to all levels. I would definitely return and recommend this class (and the Chicago Glass Collective) to friends!

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    Emily C.
    BYOB- City of Glass...Glass Fusing 101!

    This was my first time taking any sort of glass class, so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, but Leslie did such a wonderful job making everyone feel welcomed and explaining the different techniques we would be using. I'm looking forward to signing up for more of her classes and highly recommend them to anyone who's looking to try something new. Very fun and rewarding class!

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    Kelly P.
    Glass Bead Earrings: Intro to Flame-working

    Such a fun class! I made two pairs of earrings and a necklace so I have some Christmas shopping done already. It's a long class but it goes by really quickly. Definitely bring a snack. She does a couple demonstrations and then helps you on the torch as well. I sign up for all her new classes and love learning more about the art of glass.

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    Judith W.
    Glass Bead Earrings: Intro to Flame-working

    This was great class for intro to using the flame torch.
    I actually created some beads I could use.

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    Stephanie C.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    The class was fabulous! The teacher was a fantastic instructor and we had a lot of fun. It's amazing what you can create! I would definitely recommend this class to anyone who wants to try something new.

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    Jennifer L.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Great class! Leslie was a great teacher, she moved through the steps quickly but detailed! She was very knowledgeable and had a great studio.

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    Amy K.
    BYOB- City of Glass...Glass Fusing 101!

    I really enjoyed this class. It was super easy to learn to cut glass and then all you had to do after that was arrange your cut pieces onto a larger piece. Lots of different colored glass to choose from, so everyone's skylines looked completely different. You also had the option to design whatever you wanted. You could take the class several times and come away with a completely different product each time. I highly recommend!

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    Pam G.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Leslie is a great teacher and made an intimidating creative process very approachable. I really enjoyed the hands on experience and have a greater appreciation of the skills involved in this art form. My group was filled with fun and interesting people and I now have 6 lovely ornaments that tell a story !

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    Kathy M.
    Glass Bead Earrings: Intro to Flame-working

    Leslie always teaches a great class. Bead making was so much fun and you leave with a key-chain or earrings or whatever you've decided to make.

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    Zachary H.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Glass Blowing was an amazing experience that I will never forget - and will want to do again. It was fun, educational, and rewarding. There were several "OMG" moments that made it remarkable. And the instructor is warm, encouraging, and a positive creative force. Sign up today!

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    Alexandra M.
    BYOB- Graphic Glass Coasters- Intro to Glass Fusing

    Such a fun class to take. We all had a great time can't wait to go back and take more classes

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    Jennifer K.
    Fused Glass Coral Bowls-Make Your Own!

    Always a great experience at Chicago Glass Collective! The owner is informative, fun, and quite an inspiration. I have taken several Dabble classes at CGC and plan on taking several more. Glass may seem intimidating to work with, but CGC makes it easy.

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    Natalie B.
    Glass Blowing Experience: Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments!

    Glass blowing definitely isn't something I've gotten to try before, and this class was SO cool and interesting. We learned about the basics, got a demo, and then got to work on customizing our own ornaments. We each got to create a handful of ornaments that I later gave out as unique gifts. Would definitely recommend.

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