Fusing Glass Garden and Plant Markers: Make Your Own!

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Arts & DIY

Event Overview

Make your own whimsical and colorful fruit and vegetable markers for your garden! Discover the joys of glass fusing while creating your own unique garden and/or plant stakes. Use colored glass, frit, stringers, and embellishments to create beautiful fused glass garden markers in the kiln. Learn how to safely assemble and design with flat glass. You will create 3 playful and useful 3" x 3" handmade garden and/or plant stake in this fun and informative workshop. 

Perfect for "Friends' Day Out" or an event with your garden club! Also great for a family outing after the farmers' market. No experience required. Glass and tools provided by Chicago Glass Collective. Additional markers may be made for $15 ea. Pieces may be picked up one to two-weeks after firing. No experience needed. Ages 12+

We will glue on the metal stakes for you at the studio so they will be ready to go in your garden when you get home.

What to Bring

Wear close-toed shoes, Masks required

Minimum age

12 years or older

Parent or guardian required if under 18

What You Can Expect From This Experience
  • Learn to safely work with glass
  • Perfect for families
  • Learn about fusing glass
  • Perfect for friends' day out
  • Mother's Day Gifts
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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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