1-week Intensive Classes

1-week Intensive Classes

The top glass artists from all over the world come to PGC to teach and share their knowledge and experience with students of all abilities from newbie to ace. Our one-week intensive classes are the best way to perfect your technique. You get one-on-one time with world-class instructors and over 12 hours a day in our state-of-the-art studios to practice what you’ve learned. 

Browse and register for upcoming 1-week intensive classes here.

Intensive Logistics

Full class payment is required to secure placement in any class. Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis until full. 

Winter/Spring Intensives: $850

Summer Intensives:
$800 if paid before February 1. This early registration discount cannot be combined with any other discount. Fees increase to $850 on February 1 and $900 on April 15. Discounts such as the membership discount are applicable after February 1.

Any student wishing to register for a full class will be placed on a waiting list. Waiting lists are kept in order by the date that registrations are received. 

If a cancellation is received 30 days prior to class start date, you will receive a refund less a $240 cancellation fee. There is no refund for cancellations received less than 30 days before the class start date. There are no exceptions to this cancellation policy. Please note that all classes are subject to minimum and maximum enrollment. If PGC cancels a class, students will be notified (via email) and offered another class, account credit, or a full refund. PGC is not responsible for non-refundable airline tickets or other travel costs.

All classes start with an orientation at 9am on Monday. Classes run 9am to 5pm Monday through Thursday, and 9am to 3pm on Friday. PGC studios are open until 10pm Monday through Thursday for students to practice. Wednesday evenings are set aside for instructor presentations at 6pm. Following a studio-wide clean up at the end of day on Friday, students may pack their class work until 5:30pm. On Saturday, students are welcome to use the cold shop 10am to 2pm and to pack their items as late as 4pm. Please note, class structure may fluctuate depending on instructor. 

PGC recommends a variety of lodging options for students. 

  • Ace Hotel (.5 miles to PGC) Call 412-361-3300 or book online
  • AirBnB There are many homes and private rooms available in our neighborhood via AirBnB. Search for nearby neighborhoods including: Garfield, Friendship, East Liberty and Bloomfield.
  • Briarwood Home (2 miles to PGC) Call Julie Ransom for discounted rates at 412-608-4240. 
  • Hotel Indigo East Liberty (0.6 miles to PGC) Call 866-325-2281 and ask for the PGC rate or book online
  • Marriott Springhill Suites Bakery Square (1 mile to PGC) Call the sales department at 412-404-9828 for discounted rates.
  • Home Stay We have several home stay options in the neighborhood for reasonable rates. We will do our best to help you connect with other students for shared housing if you are interested in splitting the expense of accommodations. For shared housing or home stay, EMAIL or call us 412-365-2145. 

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Students may opt to purchase a lunch plan for $60 a week.

We offer family-style meals catered by local chef Jen Saffron of Sprezzatura. Jen will be dazzling your taste buds with local, seasonal offerings to provide you a well balanced and healthy meal. While the menu is subject to change some sample offerings are: an Asian noodle bar with sides of chicken or tofu and slaw; gourmet sandwiches and wraps like caprese with pesto mayo, chicken salad with smoked cheese and pickled red onion, or vegetarian roasted sweet pepper and eggplant slider with olive tapenade; summery pasta salads and festive taco bars; vegetarian lasagna, garlic bread, greens salad, and berries. Plus a host of other tasty concoctions.

Jen will be able to accommodate vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free diets, and most allergies; though because of the family-style nature of these meals if you have an extreme allergy or suffer from celiac we recommend providing your own meals from one of the many conveniently located grocery stores.

We do ask that you pre-register so that Jen can plan ahead for the week, though we can accommodate Monday morning registrations. 
Please email becky@pittsburghglasscenter.org for more information. 

Students are encouraged to bring images of their own work and sketchbooks. Students participating in advanced classes may want to bring specialized tools, equipment, and glass color. Some instructors include supply lists for their students which will be sent via email a few weeks prior to the start of class. 

PGC sells a variety of glass and supplies including:

  • Color bar and frit for the hot shop
  • Moretti, soft glass, and Borosilicate color and clear for the flame shop
  • Bullseye color in sheets, frit, and powder for the kiln shop
  • Other miscellaneous supplies

Email Elean or call 412-365-2145, x. 204  for details.

NEWBIE—A student has no experience in a particular technique and would be most comfortable in a class where much attention is given to foundation and basic skills.

BEGINNER—A student has basic skills but is not yet comfortable performing tasks without instructor guidance.

INTERMEDIATE—A student should have an understanding of basic skills and can perform those tasks with little or no instruction.

ADVANCED—A student is skilled and practiced, and is able to process conceptual and theoretical ideas but might still need some instructor direction on more complicated processes.

ACE—A student has a mastery of advanced skills and can perform them independently without instruction.

ALL SKILL LEVELS—Appropriate, useful and enjoyable to a Newbie, Ace, or any level in between.

We have limited supplies of recycled packing materials for students to pack their work at the end of the week. Consider bringing your own packing materials if possible.

Saturday is a great time to unload your pieces from the kiln, to pack up your pieces, and to drop at a shipping facility if you require shipping. Nearby shipping facilities include:

For an additional fee, PGC can pack and ship your work for you.