Our glass studios are closed for annual maintenance August 12 through September 7. Our gallery and shop will be open.

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.

Halloween Make-It-Now Pendants!

Make-it-Now

All Skill Levels

Register early for PGC's most popular Make-It-Now session. Try your hand at flameworking and help create your very own ghoulish pendant or Dia de los Muertos skull pendant.…

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Halloween Make-It-Now Pumpkins!

Make-it-Now

All Skill Levels

Join us for PGC's most popular Make-It-Now session. Choose the colors and help create your very own blown glass pumpkin!  $40/person If you would like your group to stay…

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Hot Glass 1

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

In this introductory Hot Glass I class, you will learn to gather molten glass from the furnace, and then shape it into various forms from paperweights to simple blown shapes such as cups and…

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Hot Glass Blowout

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

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

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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 manipulate glass and create cast glass sculptures. You will be introduced to the art of kilncasting through the creation of…

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Intro to Fusing and Slumping

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Fusing has many dimensions even though you are working with flat glass. Harness the heat of the kiln and use a wide spectrum of glass materials to create an array of functional works of art.…

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Intro to Stained Glass

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Learn the Tiffany method of stained glass while creating your very own stained glass panel from a variety of patterns and glass. You will learn the basic skills of cutting and shaping sheet…

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Make-It-a-Date

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

Join us for a private Make-It-Now evening of glassblowing at Pittsburgh Glass Center. Especially designed as a one-of-a-kind date night, each couple will have the opportunity to work…

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Make-It-Now Flamecicles

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

Register early for this new holiday Make-It-Now activity! Try your hand at flameworking and create your very own glistening glass flamecicle. $30 each. We reserve a certain amount of…

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Make-It-Now Fused Ornaments

Make-it-Now

All Skill Levels

Create your own fused glass ornament in our kiln studio to hang on the tree or in a window! $30/tile We always reserve space in the studio for walk-ins, so if time slots appear full,…

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Make-It-Now: Monarch Suncatcher

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

Make your own glass Monarch butterfly suncatcher. This activity follows the Magical Monarchs presentation by June Bernard of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, in conjunction with the…

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Make-It-Now Ornaments

Make-it-Now

All Skill Levels

Create your own blown glass ornament to hang on the tree or in a window!  We always reserve space in the studio for walk-ins, so if time slots appear full, please still join us.…

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Make Your Own Goblet

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

In two nights, you will make your own goblet, guaranteed to be as unique as you are. Never worry about losing your glass at a party again. In the first night, you will work in the hot shop…

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Marble Madness

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Learn how to create a perfect sphere in soft Italian glass. You will begin with the basics of gathering and shaping the ball. Then you will explore a number of techniques to decorate and…

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Mixed and Mashed Up for Middle Schoolers

High School

Newbie, Beginner

A hands-on glass program for young artists, SiO2 Mixed and Mashed Up is an after school program specifically for students grades 6-8. It’s a great opportunity to get hands-on…

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Mosaics

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Learn the ancient and intricate art of glass mosaics. You will design a pattern or image with sheet glass on a wooden or glass backing to create a stunning wall or window piece. You will…

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New! Beads, Beads, and More Beads

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

If you're fascinated by baubles, bangles and beads, this class is for you. Many beads will be made over the course of 8 weeks, as you learn the basic skills of heating Moretti (soft)…

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New! Blown Glass Optic Ornaments

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

This year put a little twist in your holiday ornament! These ornaments will stand out not only in color and uniqueness but also with a texture applied with the use of a steel mold. Great for…

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New! Coldworked Ornaments

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Learn how to turn a piece of everyday window glass into a festive ornament. Students will learn how to etch glass with our sandblaster, engrave with our lathes and drill holes with our…

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New! Fun with Fusing

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Enjoy a fun filled afternoon while learning fantastic fusing techniques. You will create a variety of fabulous fused treasures like wind chimes, garden stakes, sun-catchers and pocket vases…

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New! Fused Glass Mezuzahs

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Create a fused glass mezuzah using a variety of glass materials. We will use pieces of flat glass, rods, stringers and frit to create a decorative pattern or scene. Note: Scrolls and…

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New! Garden Stakes

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

In this 2-hour workshop, you will make one-of-a-kind garden stakes to adorn potted plants or add a burst of fun to your outdoor gardens. Create birds, cats, flowers, fruits and veggies or…

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New! Glassy Décor

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

We will work with Borosilicate glass tubing to create hollow forms such as hanging ornaments perfect for a tree or a gift. Bring a sketchbook/notebook and some ideas as we will start with…

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New! Imagery Processes Galore

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

This class will touch on a variety of techniques that can be used separately or together to incorporate imagery into glass. Five core techniques will be covered including painting with…

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Summer Hours

We are open today from 10am – 7pm

  • Sun 10am – 4pm
  • Mon 10am – 7pm
  • Tue 10am – 7pm
  • Wed 10am – 7pm
  • Thu 10am – 7pm
  • Fri 10am – 4pm
  • Sat 10am – 4pm