Art on Fire

Pittsburgh’s hottest party + only glass art auction


LIVE AUCTION + PARTY: Friday, September 16, 2022, 6-11pm

AUCTION ARTWORK ON VIEW: August 15–September 14

CHAIRS: Cass Zielinski and Tom Byers


The Art on Fire Auction is a hot party and Pittsburgh's ONLY glass art auction. The event is Pittsburgh Glass Center's most important fundraiser that generates over 10% of the annual operating funds in ONE night! Proceeds support free public programs and glass education for anyone who wants to learn and create. It's also a great opportunity to buy handmade, one-of-a-kind glass art for a good value while also supporting artists and Pittsburgh Glass Center.  Join our email list to get the latest news on Art on Fire and other exciting events at PGC. 

Private glassblowing demonstration at Art on Fire

join the host committee

The host committee is an exclusive group of glass art appreciators who are the first to buy tickets and generate support for the event by inviting all of their friends. Host committee members are invited to a private reception and glassblowing demonstration with honorary artist Janusz Poźniak. This committee is the spark that ignites the fire for our most important fundraiser.


Janusz Poźniak

2022 Art on Fire Honorary Artist Janusz Poźniak grew up in the U.K. and started working with glass when he was 19 years old. Driven by his passion for pursuing a creative career, he moved to the U.S.A in 1991 to work alongside Dale Chihuly. This opportunity allowed him to expand his knowledge, talent, and skill for blowing glass. Throughout his career Janusz has been privileged to work with some of the most prominent glass artists in the world including Lino Tagliapietra, Dante Marioni, Sonja Blomdahl, Josiah McElheny, Dick Marquis and Preston Singletary. In addition he has travelled all over the globe to teach and mentor others, providing students with the skills, inspiration and encouragement to fulfill their own artistic visions. Janusz's work is aesthetically described as pushing the boundaries beyond form and function to abstractly reflect his own personal experiences and distill human emotion. After nearly 30 years as an artist, Janusz is still discovering new ways of experimenting and evolving his work to elevate and communicate the unique beauty of glass as an artistic medium.

Janusz Pozniak


Art on Fire is a great opportunity to buy handmade glass art at a great value while supporting artists and Pittsburgh Glass Center. Over 100 pieces of one-of-a-kind glass art by internationally renowned glass artists and local glass artists will be included in the silent and live auctions. Anyone can participate in the silent auction online using a tablet, computer, or mobile phone. 

A curated collection of artwork will be available in the live auction. To bid you must be present or submit a proxy bid to Heather McElwee by September 15.

All auction items will be on view online and in the Hodge Gallery at Pittsburgh Glass Center.  

Submit absentee bids by contacting Heather McElwee at

Art on Fire Celebration and Auction
Donate art to the Art on Fire Auction

Donate Art & Win Residency

Artists: Share your passion for glass and donate to the Art on Fire auction. 

It’s important to cultivate, nurture and support diverse, passionate and creative glass artists and expand opportunities for glass artists of all abilities. Art on Fire helps us raise money to support important programs for artists such as:

  • Residencies
  • Exhibitions
  • Classes
  • Scholarships
  • State-of-the-art studios

When you donate your artwork, you help keep the doors open every day and make world-class glass art and artists, excellent education, and state-of-the-art resources available to all! 

In appreciation for your support, all donating artists have the opportunity to receive one of four 10-day residencies at PGC.