Classes

classes at pittsburgh glass center

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. 

Upcoming Workshops

flameworking pod

Learn to make pendants, magnets, and small-scale sculptures by melting glass rods using a tabletop stationary torch including:

  • Heart Pendants or Magnets $95/person
  • Frit Pendants $95/person
  • Swizzle Sticks $95/person
  • Wine Stoppers $95/person

Our introductory hands-on pod workshops are new and especially designed for 2–4 friends and family members. You will work in a small group with only those people in your pod who you’ve invited to this class.

You will receive guided instruction from a local teaching artist to help you create your own sculpted glass work of art.

This is a 2-hour experience. Ages 14+. 2-4 people.

 

Hot Glass Sculpting pod

Pittsburgh Glass Center has one of the world’s best-designed and well-equipped hot glass studios. It’s a great place to learn how to gather molten material from a 2,100°F furnace and sculpt it into various shapes including:

  • Heart Paperweight $115/person
  • Flower Paperweight $115/person
  • Round Paperweight $115/person
  • Pumpkin Paperweight $115/person

Our introductory hands-on pod workshops are new and especially 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 this class. You will receive guided instruction from a local teaching artist to help you create your own sculpted glass work of art. 

This is a 2-hour experience. Each person will make 2 items. All ages. 2-6 people.

 

Kiln shop pod

Fusing, Stained Glass, Mosaic Pod Workshop

PGC’s kiln shop is a flexible space for making stained glass, creating mosaics, and pursuing kilnforming activities, such as casting, fusing, and slumping.

Our introductory hands-on pod workshops in the kiln shop are new and specially designed for 2–5 friends and family members. You will work in a small group with only those people in your pod who you’ve invited to this class. You will receive guided instruction from a local teaching artist to help you create your own sculpted glass work of art. There are three types of workshops to choose from:

FUSING - Using colorful flat sheet glass, colored glass granules, and thin glass rods, learn to cut and assemble glass while it is cold then fuse it in the kiln to create your own designs in these styles. Each person will make at least 1 item if not 2 or more.

  • Slumped Dish $115/person
  • Suncatcher $115/person
  • Fused Valentine $115/person
  • Draped Candle Holder $115/person

MOSAIC - Arrange small pieces of colored glass on a base to produce a unique 2D design. There are two types of mosaic:

  • Traditional Cold Mosaic $115/person - Traditional cold mosaics are assembled using glue, grout to adhere colored glass to a 6x6 wood base. Each person will make 1 item.
  • Fused Mosaic $115/person - Using sheet glass and glass powder, this technique allows you to create a design or image in glass without the grout. Final designs are fired in the kiln making a solid piece of art. Each person will make 1 item.

STAINED GLASS - Explore stained glass techniques while bringing to life at least two adorable, creepy-crawly critters. Add metal rods to your critter design and bend or curl the ends to create antennae and legs. Each person will make 2 critters.

All workshops are 2-hours. Ages 10+. 2-5 people. $115/per person

 

4-hour stained glass

Stained Glass 4-hour Pod

You’ve seen beautiful stained glass in homes, churches, and contemporary buildings. Now learn to design and assemble your own stained glass. Create a decorative suncatcher. Choose from the following designs:

  • Heart
  • Star of David or Hamsa
  • Bird or Butterfly
  • Flower or Cactus

Our introductory hands-on pod workshops are new and specially designed for 2–5 friends and family members. You will work in a small group with only those people in your pod who you’ve invited to this class. You will receive guided instruction from a local teaching artist to help you create your own sculpted glass work of art. 

This is a 4-hour workshop. Ages 14+. 2-5 people. $150/person. Each person will make 1 item.

 

About our Classes

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. 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.

 

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.