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Chicago Hot Glass Bead ClassIntro to Bead Making is a four-week, three-hour workshop designed to teach the student the basics of bead making on a small torch. Students will learn how to safely operate flame working equipment and learn about torches, fuels, tools as well as properties of different glass types. Students will start by learning to manipulate glass in the torch and move on to making basic bead shapes with various decorations. This is a hands-on class; long hair needs to be contained and shirts be long sleeved and cotton.

No previous glass experience is necessary.

Student requirements:

Students are required to wear all natural fibers (cotton, linen, silk, etc.) and closed toe shoes. You might also want to bring a drinking container for water, and a sketchbook for notes.Safety glasses will be provided.

Cost of class: $375

To book a class please call the studio at 773 394 3252 to insure availability and reserve your spot. We also offer beadmaking for private parties!


2014 Glass Bead Making Level 1 Schedule

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Scientific Lampworking


4-Week Borosilicate Lampworking

$375-Thursdays 4-7 pm


Have an interest in the world of hard glass? This class covers the basics of working with borosilicate glass, aka “boro” or “hard glass”, which was developed for the scientific world. Used for cookware and scientific applications, this glass has tremendous artistic potential. Come delve into the technicalities of working with this uniquely demanding glass material. Develop an understanding of solid connections and seals, and along the way learn to make small jewelry, marbles, and jars.

Students are required to: wear all natural fibers such as cotton, linen, or silk; wear closed-toe shoes; bring a vessel for water and a sketchbook for notes.  Safety glasses will be provided.

Borosilicate lampworking classes last for 4 weeks. Dates for borosilicate lampworking classes for 2014 are:

August 28th, September 4th, 11th, 18th
September 25th, October 2nd, 9th, 16th
October 23th, 30th, November 6th, 13th
November 20th, 27th, December 4th, 11th

Planning an event? We offer one-time scientific lampworking sessons, perfect for groups. Private lessons for individuals are also available.

Call the studio at (773) 394-3252 to inquire and book your class today!




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COME THAW OUT IN 2100 DEGREE HEAT!!

Our level one class is the perfect start for anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of glass. The class focuses on good form and process. It starts with basic solid sculpture and understanding how to use the hand tools. The rest of the class introduces the seven basic blown forms (sphere, cone, inverted cone, cylinder, bowl, plate, and long necked bottle).

Cost of class: $575

Upcoming dates:
Wednesdays 7-10 PM
Sept 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
Oct 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

Saturdays 9 AM-12 PM
Sept 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
Oct 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
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Chicago Hot Glass studio was founded in 2001 to provide the resources and creative environment where everyone from the curious observer,

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