10 QUESTIONS WITH MOLTEN GLASSBLOWER LESLIE SPEICHER
Leslie is the owner of Chicago Glass Collective where she teaches and works on personal projects. She has taught glasswork at several colleges and universities across the country. Her formal education and residences have taken her to many parts of the country. She has shown her glasswork, sculptures, and installations in galleries and museums nationwide as well as printed publications.
Leslie opened Chicago Glass Collective in 2012 in order to help bring access to kiln formed glass to Chicago. She is always thinking up new ways to introduce glass to the community through open houses and classes. CGC will celebrate its 5th year in business this month.
What’s your favorite book?
The Tao of Pooh.
Harold and Maude.
Favorite TV show?
When did you realize you wanted to share your passion/skill?
While in high school.
Did you go to school for your craft or teach yourself?
I went to undergrad and grad school for sculpture and glass.
If you could choose a spirit animal what would it be?
What makes you laugh until you cry?
Good friends, dry wit, and goofy puns.
How do you like to spend your weekend?
Making stuff out of glass, relaxing and/or short trips out of the city.
What’s your favorite city and why?
Chicago. It has everything! It's got the arts, a beautiful lakefront, great people, the Cubs, all four seasons, amazing architecture, really great neighborhoods and it's easy to travel from here to see my friends and family.
Where do you find inspiration?
Details in everyday life, color and learning new techniques from other artists.
Check out an upcoming workshop in Chicago!