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.

Flamecicles

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Bring the crystalline beauty of icicles inside your home! First, learn to use the torch to melt Borosilicate rods. Then twist and pull this softened glass to create your own one-of-a-kind…

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Flame Fundamentals

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Learn flame shop basics in this 4-week intro course, which meets twice weekly to give you the same number of contact hours as our 8-week class. Work with both Moretti (soft) and Borosilicate…

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Flameworked Magnets

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Work at the torch to melt, control, and manipulate a solid rod of Borosilicate glass into colorful, one-of-a-kind magnets that are themselves works of art. Can't find a time that…

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Flameworking Fundamentals

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Tim Drier Flame Working Fundamentals is a class designed to start with marbles moving through various seal, and surface color application techniques to end up at…

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Flameworking with Sally

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Sally Prasch This will be a wonderful class covering both a bit of science and artistic glass. Using primarily borosilicate glass we will cover sculpture, flowers,…

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Frit Pendants

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Create a 3D explosion you can wear! Gather a molten ball of glass, add colored glass granules, and then shape it at the torch to produce your own stunning, individualized…

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From Paper to Glass, Thin Folded Forms

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Nisha Bansil In this class we will cover all of the skills that you will need to create complex cast glass objects. Folding tessellated patterns out of paper can be a…

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Fused Glass Ornaments

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Using sheet glass, frit (colored glass granules), and stringers (thin, colored glass rods), make lovely 2D ornaments decorated with snowmen, gifts, trees, snowflakes, or any image you choose…

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Fused Glass Picture Frames

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Using colorful sheet glass, frit (glass granules), and stringers (thin glass rods), create your own imaginative fused glass picture frame that holds a 4” x 6” photo. If you have…

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Fused Glass Suncatchers

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Cut and combine brilliantly colored pieces of glass, frit (colored glass granules), and stringers (thin, colored glass rods) to create a luminous 3” x 5” suncatcher. Once you…

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Fused Valentines

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

A truly unique date, come to PGC and craft your own personalized love letter in glass. $30/fused valentine. We always reserve space in the studio for walk-ins, so if time slots appear…

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Garden Stakes

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

Make your own colorful fused garden stake. $30/Garden Stake We always reserve space in the studio for walk-ins, so if time slots appear full, please still join us. There is plenty of…

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Gather and Brew

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

New! Make a Glass Cup and Drink Beer! Beer always tastes better in a handmade glass. The glass is an important part of the enjoyment of the drinking experience. The shape of the glass…

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Glass Hearts

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Sculpt a perfect expression of love in this one-of-a-kind heart pendant workshop. Learn how to operate a torch, melt a rod of Borosilicate glass, and manipulate it with tools into a wearable…

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Glass Mosaics

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Explore the ancient and intricate art of glass mosaics. Using pieces of sheet glass on a wooden or glass support, design a pattern or image that will develop into a stunning wall or window…

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Glass Powders and Kiln Formed Glass Vessels

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Amanda Simmons In this class about kilnformed vessels and glass powders, you will learn to create vessels while experimenting with opaque and transparent powdered…

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Glass Trek: Discovery

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Matt Tyner Starting with basic techniques involving hollow blown glass tubing and basic color application you will learn to expand your practice. Concepts will extend from…

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Hot Glass 1

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

In this introductory class, learn to gather clear molten glass from the furnace and then shape it into various forms, from paperweights to simple blown shapes, such as cups and bowls.…

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Hot Glass Blowout

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

If you have always wanted to try glassblowing, this one-day workshop is for you. It provides a full day of hands-on time to learn how to gather, shape, and manipulate molten glass. Start…

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Hot Glass in the Fast Lane

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Explore glassblowing in just 4 weeks! Learn to gather molten glass from the furnace, and then sculpt it into various forms, from paperweights to simple blown shapes, like clear cups and…

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How to Make a Glass Sculpture

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: František Janák This class will teach step-by-step how to create small glass sculptures from a solid block of glass using coldworking techniques such as…

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Hustle and Flow

Summer Intensives

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructors: Brent Rogers and Beccy Feather This class will focus on the flow of liquids in glass products such as coffee brewing, distillation and water recycling systems. Daily…

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Intro to Beads

Multi-Week Classes

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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Intro to Borosilicate

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Learn to work with Borosilicate (hard) glass over the torch. Borosilicate glass is very resistant to shock, which makes it perfectly suited to scientific applications. However, its…

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