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.

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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Fuze-a-Palooza

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Whether you have never touched flat glass before or have your own kiln at home, all experience levels can gain knowledge from this class. Start with tool fundamentals, glass cutting, and…

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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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Halloween Make-It-Now Fused Pumpkins!

Make-it-Now

All Skill Levels

Register early for PGC's most popular Make-It-Now session. Try your hand at creating your very own fused pumpkin, skull or other ghoulish character. $30/tile  We reserve a…

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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 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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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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Make-It-a-Date

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

Join us for a private Make-It-Now evening of glassblowing. This unique date-night experience allows each couple to work together in one of our studios and because it takes teamwork to…

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Make-It-Now Easter Eggs

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

The Easter Bunny will be surprised to see a beautiful handmade glass egg in your basket this year. 

Make-It-Now workshops are an opportunity for anyone ages 5 and up to try glass making…

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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 Eggs

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

The Easter Bunny will be surprised to see a beautiful handmade glass egg in your basket this year. 

Make-It-Now workshops are an opportunity for anyone ages 5 and above to try glass making…

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