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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.

Achieve Your Ideas Through Problem Solving

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced

Instructor: Tom Rowney Blown glass has a life of its own, and we all want to harness the amazing qualities that it can produce. In this class you will focus on drawings and ideas of…

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Advanced Stained Glass and Enameling

Multi-Week Classes

Advanced

After learning the basics of stained glass construction in our introductory and intermediate stained glass courses, we invite you to challenge yourself with a more complicated pattern or…

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Approaches to Creativity

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced

Instructor: Kazuki Takizawa What is creativity? How does one become more creative? As glassmakers, we are prone to be immersed in building our skill level. We surround ourselves…

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Beads 2

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

p.p1 {margin: 4.5px 0.0px 2.9px 0.0px; line-height: 9.2px; font: 8.0px 'Futura PT'} Take your beads to the next level. With Michael Mangiafico as your guide, learn more advanced…

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Beginner Beadmaking

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

If you’re fascinated by baubles, bangles, and beads, this is the class for you. You will make many glass beads as you learn the basic skills of heating Moretti (soft) glass, applying…

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Between the Lines

Summer Intensives

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: Jason Forck This course will explore the many uses of line in glassblowing. From form and profile, to pattern and surface the class will navigate the use of optic…

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Beyond the Cup

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

This class is great for any Hot 1 or Hot 2 student looking to further their form and practice their skills beyond the eight-week classes. More hot glass time and practice along with forms…

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Blown Glass Garden Floats

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Make your own beautiful glass object for your garden. In this workshop, an instructor will help you gather, color and blow a beautiful glass ball to either hang in your garden or float on a…

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Blown Glass Ornaments

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Make your own blown glass ornament to hang on the tree or give as a special holiday gift! Under the guidance of a hot shop instructor, you will be able to select and add color to a hot glass…

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Blown Glass Pumpkins

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Real pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes and so do the ones you’ll create in this workshop. Gather, color, shape and blow a bubble of hot glass to form a pumpkin and then add a stem…

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Bodacious Beads

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Mesmerized by intricate, colorful glass beads and jewelry? Learn the secrets of how beads are made at the torch in this introductory session in the flame shop. You will have a chance to make…

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Bowled Over By Cane

Summer Intensives

Advanced

Instructor: Katherine Gray & Nancy Callan This class will be devoted solely to pulling cane and making bowls. We will explore various traditional and non-traditional…

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Candle Bridges

Workshops

Intermediate

Use the skills and techniques learned in fused tiles workshops to create your own decorative display for your favorite candles. Cut and place color rods, stringers and pieces of glass to…

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Cold Construction and Lamination

Summer Intensives

All 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 glues. Learn other…

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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, bracelet or pendant. You will learn how to…

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Compression Pendants

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Entice the world with your very own one-of-a-kind, handmade pendants. In this one-day workshop, use the torch to melt glass rods and combine colors to make pendants that look like an…

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Crackalackin' Good Time

Multi-Week Classes

Beginner

Break away from the rigidity of flat glass by exploring the use of glass powders. In this class, we will learn to create our own crackled art glass that will then be cut up and combined with…

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Creation and Reduction

Summer Intensives

All Levels

Instructor: Rye The earliest known evidence of human civilization has been derived from carved artifacts. Before we made tools from metal and ceramic, we used our hands to grind…

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Cute, Creepy, Crawly Critters

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Create a critter for display in your home. In this workshop, we will explore both fused glass and stained glass to bring to life at least two unique creepy, crawly critters. Can't…

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Deep Relief Dry Plaster Casting

Summer Intensives

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

Instructor: Sean Hennessey In this class you will encounter an easy, versatile and economical way to create bas relief and deep relief kiln formed window glass. Using found objects…

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Design/Collaborate/Fabricate

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced

Instructor: Benjamin Cobb & Pablo Soto Working with glass is already a difficult task, never mind doing it with a different crew, or in a strange place. We intend to…

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Do the Right Thing/k

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: Janusz Pozniak In this one-week class, I will do my best to explain, encourage, correct, and hopefully inspire, you as a student. Not only through demonstrating basic…

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