Monday, February 13, 2017

Dabble: Fused-Glass Dish Class with Chicago Glass Collective

My most recent experience was a Valentine's Day fused-glass candy dish at Chicago Glass Collective. The ability to make something to give as a gift for the holiday piqued my interest. I also thought it'd make a great friend or Valentine's outing, but I didn't have any luck finding someone to tag along.

 I realized when I walked into the building that I didn't know the suite number, but I saw a sign in the foyer for a Valentine's Day event and assumed that was it. I was buzzed in and walked into the corresponding suite, only to see it was a boutique, not a glass workshop. I kept walking down the hall to explore. The next door was Chicago Glass Collective. Success!

Leslie, the instructor, had sent an email with directions and the suite number was on the class description, by the way.

The class was small, at three students, so we got to know each other better. We had a fun time, drawing inspiration from each other and sharing a bottle of red wine. The session begins with the basics of working with glass before you are set free to make whatever design you want. It didn't have to be Valentine's Day themed; you could use any of the provided tools or even Google a design.

I decided to make a dish with a clear base and a white top. (Sorry, I am not using correct terminology.) I knew I wanted leaves on it, but I didn't know where to begin. Leslie offered to let me peek through her plant book for inspiration and she suggested tracing the design onto the glass with a Sharpie. (The black burns off later.) That was a genius idea!

You have two hours to make your dish, but we all finished a bit before that. Once you're satisfied with your creation she will put it in the kiln for you. You don't take it home that night, because it won't be ready.

My fellow students' creations:

Chicago Glass Collective offers other classes on, as well! It's a fun way to spend an evening and you make something pretty to take home or gift!

Have you tried Dabble? What was your favorite class?

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Watch my glass-dish class video:

** I am a Dabble ambassador, so I receive a discount on classes. Use code to get a discount on your first class! Dabble is available in cities such as St. Louis, Austin and Denver!