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.

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 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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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 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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Intro to Coldworking

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Learn how to effectively use all of the cold shop’s equipment, including belt sanders, flat grinders, dremels, polishers, etching lathes, the sandblaster, and the diamond saw. While…

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Intro to Found Object + Life Casting

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Combine sculpting and building molds with the heat of the kiln to create cast glass sculptures. Learn kilncast by creating small 3D objects. Work with silicones and other mold making…

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Intro to Fusing and Slumping

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Even though sheet glass is used, fusing has many dimensions. Harness the heat of the kiln and explore a wide selection of glass materials to produce an array of functional works of art.…

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Intro to Stained Glass

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Explore the Tiffany method of stained glass while creating your very own panel from a variety of provided patterns. Learn the basic skills of cutting and shaping sheet glass, foiling the…

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Investment Strategies

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Patrick Martin Conceiving, designing, and fabricating sculptural ideas into glass will be the main focus of the class. Through the immediacy of furnace casting to…

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