about our classes
One of our principal goals at Pittsburgh Glass Center is education. We teach others about the incredible beauty, versatility, and science of glass in order to foster appreciation of its many creative possibilities and advance the culture that has developed around it.
Explore our many educational options, which range from 15-minute Make-It-Now workshops—if you want just a taste of the glassmaking experience—to full 8-week courses and summer intensives—if you seek in-depth experience and specialized skills. Classes are taught by local and international glass artists who provide superior guidance and demonstrate safe and effective studio practice as you build your skills.
Unless otherwise noted, you must be at least 14 years old to take a class or workshop at Pittsburgh Glass Center.
We’ve been very busy here at PGC keeping our studios clean and monitoring the evolving situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The safety of our students, visitors and staff is our most important concern. We will continue to be proactive, and follow the recommendations made by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Pennsylvania Department of Health, and Allegheny County Health Department. Learn more about PGC's response to the COVID-19 crisis.
private "Pod" Workshops
Our introductory hands-on pod workshops are new and specially designed for 2–6 friends and family members. You will work in a small group with only those people in your pod who you’ve invited to the class. You will receive guided instruction from a local teaching artist to help you create your own sculpted glass work of art. Only 1 pod class takes place in the studio at a time while emphasizing the safety of the students and instructors.
Due to the physical demands and hands-on nature of hot glass sculpting and blowing workshops, maintaining six feet of social distance is not possible for our instructors during these classes. Instructors will be equipped with N95 or equivalent level masks to protect themselves and our guests during these interactions. Sanitized gloves and safety glasses will be provided for all students.
One-on-one lessons are perfect if you are anxious to start working with glass and can’t wait for a class to begin, or if your schedule precludes attending PGC’s planned courses. One-on-one lessons involve private, customized instruction in any aspect of studio glass art within any of our four studios. You receive focused attention from our experienced instructors and can move at your own pace. Beginners benefit by learning the basics and building a strong foundation. Experienced artists can expand their skill set by focusing on specific techniques. You design the program to fit your goals.
Try glassmaking in 15 minutes or less!* PGC’s Make-It-Now workshops are an opportunity to try glassmaking in 15 minutes or less. No experience is necessary. Make-It-Now is intended for groups of four or fewer. If you have a larger group, private workshops are available. Please note that due to the nature of hot glass, items cannot be taken home the day they are created. They must cool first and may be picked up a few days later. Shipping can be arranged for an additional fee.
Half-Day, One-Day, and Weekend Workshops
Our introductory workshops are the perfect way to sample the many different processes and techniques. Experienced artists and instructors lead the workshops, and all materials are provided. Class sizes are small so that you receive individualized attention. Workshops are also a fantastic group activity, so gather your book club or a bunch of friends and sign up together. Don’t be intimidated! No experience is required. Simply pick a workshop, roll up your sleeves, and get started. Unless otherwise noted, you must be at least 14 years old to take a workshop.
4-week AND 8-week classes
Are you hooked yet? In addition to short introductory sessions, we offer 8-week classes for all experience levels, from beginners through advanced students. Unless otherwise noted, classes meet in 3-hour sessions. In each session, you’ll see demonstrations of the skills you will be learning and practicing that session, followed by hands-on application for the remainder of the class. In each session, you’ll have the chance to perfect your skills and work one-on-one with your instructor. Classes are small so that you receive individualized attention and regular instructor interaction. Apply for a scholarship here.
1-week Intensive classes
The top glass artists from all over the world come to Pittsburgh Glass Center throughout the year 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. If you are traveling from afar you can find our more about nearby neighborhoods and lodging for your stay. Interested in a scholarship? Apply for a scholarship here.
Si02 is a glass art program designed for young people. SiO2 shatters the conventional notion that glass art is only for adults. The program’s hands-on courses are structured specifically for young people and taught in one of the United States’ premier glass facilities. All four of our state-of-the-art studios are open for young adults to explore their creative potential and embark on an education in glass. Pittsburgh Glass Center (PGC) offers one day workshops throughout the year plus 10- and 12-week after-school programs in the fall and winter and a one-week summer boot camp. Learn More about SiO2.
Apply for Scholarships
Our studios are open to everyone who wants to learn and create. We offer a variety of scholarships in an effort to make our classes accessible to as many people as possible. Full-and half-tuition scholarships are available for all classes and workshops. Every student is eligible to apply for merit-based, half-tuition scholarships, while students of color and veterans are qualified to apply for full scholarships.
Our studios are open to everyone who wants to learn and create. We offer a variety of scholarships in an effort to make our classes accessible to as many people as possible. Full- and half-tuition scholarships are available for all classes and workshops. Every student is eligible to apply for merit-based, half-tuition scholarships, while students of color and veterans are qualified to apply for full scholarships. Get details & apply here.
Generally, no. For our larger events such as Date Night or Make-It-Now events, we will present you with a card when you check-in. This card will have information about pickup times and dates.
All classes are located at 5472 Penn Avenue. There are four different studios within our building. Once you arrive, you will be directed to the appropriate studio.
Wear comfortable natural fiber clothing. Jeans and t-shirts are great. Wear flat close-toed shoes. Something with a textured sole isn't absolutely necessary, but certainly helpful. Anything that hangs away from the body (long necklaces, scarves, etc) should be left at home or removed before the class. Tie back long hair. Long hair is defined as anything that hangs forward or covers eyes.
Due to the nature of hot glass, you will not be able to take any items with you. Items can be picked up at the front desk 5 days after your activity or ask our front desk about shipping options.
Anyone can pick up your items with the following information:
- Name of the activity
- First AND last name of the participant
Yes, shipping can be arranged at the front desk after your activity. Charges will vary according to the size of your projects and the destination of your package. Items can take up to 2 weeks to be shipped.
Unfortunately classes are occasionally cancelled because of enrollment and sometimes weather. If class is ever cancelled we will notify you immediately by email and phone. For this reason, it is important that you include your phone number when registering.
Free parking is available in our adjacent lot. Additional on-street parking is also available.