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.
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
In addition to short introductory sessions, we offer 4-week and 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.
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) typically offers one-day workshops throughout the year plus 10- and 12-week after-school programs in the fall and winter and a summer camp.
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.
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.
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.