Learn glassmaking at Pittsburgh Glass Center

Whether you're an artist working in another medium, a collector, a college student, or just someone fascinated by glass, we've got something for you! Depending on your interests and schedule, you may choose anything from a quick Make-it-Now experience to an 8-week class or weeklong summer intensive. Our classes are taught by both local and international professional artists. If you want to see classes on a particular date, use our calendar.

Unless otherwise noted, you must be at least 14 years old to take a class or workshop at Pittsburgh Glass Center.

5 Super Techniques in 2 Days

Spring Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Joseph Cavalieri Check-in on Friday and 6pm and join us for an informative lecture with Joseph Cavalieri. Then get right to it on Saturday and Sunday. Learn multiple…

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Aquatic Immersion: Diving Deeper

Summer Intensives

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: deb crowley Immerse yourself in sculpting marine flora and fauna in soft and Borosilicate glass to create unique glass vignettes. Discover the joy of creating…

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Back to the Drawing Board

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced

Instructors: Adam Holtzinger and Nate Cotterman As craftspeople, whether the intention is to be a studio artist, production glass maker or to fabricate your own design…

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Beads 2

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

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Beads, Beads, and More Beads

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Make colorful beaded necklaces or stunning drop earrings using components you’ve designed and created yourself! Many beads will be created over the course of 8 weeks as you learn the…

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Beyond the Cup

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

Move beyond the basic cup shape to create other hot glass forms. Highly recommended if you have taken Hot 1 and/or Hot 2 and now seek to hone and expand your skill set. Hot 1, 24 hours…

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Blending Colors in Tall Vessel Forms

Summer Intensives

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Instructor: Amanda Simmons In this introductory class in kilnformed vessels, you will learn to create tall thin vessels while experimenting with opaque and transparent colors to…

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Blow and Glow

Summer Intensives

Intermediate

Instructors: Jaime Guerrero and Ed Kirshner This unique class is intended for experienced glass blowers who would like to learn to include dynamic gas plasma light within their…

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Blown Glass Catch-All Bowls

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Create a small, blown, double-walled bowl that can be functional—useful for serving small snacks, storing earrings, or holding spare change—or purely aesthetic and meant just for…

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Blown Glass Garden Floats

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

In this workshop, an instructor will help you gather molten glass, color it with frit (colored glass granules), and blow a beautiful glass ball that you can hang in your garden or float on a…

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Blown Glass Ornaments

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Ornaments aren’t just for the holidays! They can beautify your living space, whether indoors or out! Make your own blown glass ornament to display in a window or hang on your porch or…

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Blown Glass Pumpkins

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Gather, color, shape, and blow a bubble of hot glass into a pumpkin and then add a curly glass stem. Create a stunning piece of art glass that you’ll proudly display all year long, not…

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Blown Glass Terrariums

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Create a new and lovely habitat for your air plants! Gather glass, add colors, and then blow, shape, and manipulate a glass bubble into an elegant terrarium. Air plants not…

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Bodacious Beads

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Fascinated by the intricacies of colorful glass beads and glass jewelry? In this introduction to the flame shop, learn the basic skills of heating glass, applying it to a mandrel, and…

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Borosilicate Marblez

Multi-Week Classes

All Levels

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Can You Make Me a Glass Rainbow?

Summer Intensives

Intermediate

Instructor: Michiko Sakano You are in love with glass. You have made cups and ornaments for your relatives and sold some of your artwork. You have your business cards…

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Casting Alternatives

Summer Intensives

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: Evelyn Dunstan Together with the use of lead crystal glass we will create challenging wax to glass forms that explore the benefits of this kilncasting process further. From…

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Cold Construction and Lamination

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Pavel Novak  Using solid blocks of glass you will experiment with many aspects of coldworking: cutting with the diamond saw, grinding with silicon carbide grit,…

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Cold Cuts and Lamination

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Step into the cold shop and learn how to operate all the basic equipment. Cut and grind blocks of glass into multiple sections and then glue them back together using dyed adhesives. Learn…

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Coldworked Jewelry

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Choose from a variety of transparent glass colors and coldworking techniques to transform a piece of flat glass into a fabulous pair of earrings, a bracelet, or a pendant. You will learn how…

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Compression Pendants

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

In this one-day workshop, use the torch to melt and combine glass rods to make pendants that appear to encapsulate little explosions of color. Detailed demonstrations will be given on the…

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Compressions and Stringers

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Immerse yourself in the art of pulling stringers and mastering the compression technique. With a rod of colored glass, learn to focus the flame on a small section and slowly pull it into a…

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Constructing Quirky Narratives

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: Tom Moore Tom will teach hot-joining of multiple components to produce funny narrative objects. There will be an emphasis on design development through drawing, and…

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Cute, Creepy, Crawly Critters

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Create a critter that you won’t mind having in your home! In this workshop, explore stained and fused glass techniques while bringing to life at least two adorable, creepy-crawly…

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