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.

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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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Kilning It From Warm to Hot

Summer Intensives

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

Instructor: Ashley McFarland Explore kilnforming through a variety of techniques and the manipulation of temperatures. In this class we will dive deep into our kilns in order to…

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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: Beer Glasses

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

Make your very own beer glass with the assistance of our glass artists before heading over to the New Belgium Brewing Tap Takeover at Primanti Bros. on Penn Avenue! Join us for a 20-minute…

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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 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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Make-It-Now Pendants

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

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

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

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Make Your Own Glass Mark!

Summer Intensives

Beginner

Instructors: Csilla Szilágyi and Gergely Mindák Follow us and see the whole process of making glass and concrete stamps from the first drawing to the last print. This…

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Make Your Own Goblet

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

In two nights, make your own distinctive goblet. On the first night, work in the hot shop, where instructors will help you gather, color, and shape molten glass into your goblet’s foot…

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Marketing for Artists

Spring Intensives

All Skill Levels

New York artist and educator Joseph Cavalieri has taught painting on glass many times at PGC. He is returning to offer his insight about organized, stress free, steps and tips for marketing…

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Marvelous Marbles

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Get comfortable with flameworking by creating colorful marbles using glass rods. Learn how to implement graphite molds to shape the glass and ensure symmetry. Explore decorative techniques,…

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Mixed and Mashed Up for Middle Schoolers

High School

Newbie, Beginner

SiO2 Mixed and Mashed Up is a hands-on, after-school program specifically for students in grades 6–8. Classes meet after school once a week for 12 weeks. Spend four weeks in three…

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MOLTN

High School

Newbie, Beginner

Can’t decide which studio is right for you? Spend a day at PGC working with all things hot! At high temperatures, glass can be manipulated in many ways. You’ll learn three…

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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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Neon and Plasma Globes

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

In two sessions, make your own plasma globe, which will become a unique neon light that responds to your touch! On the first night, create the globe in the hot shop, where instructors will…

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New! Drawing with Molten Glass

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

Let’s get hot in the kiln shop and learn how to pull stringers and fluid lines from a kiln mounted to the ceiling. It’s safer than it sounds and so much fun. After you have…

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New! Fused Glass Mezuzahs

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Create a fused glass mezuzah using a variety of materials, including sheet glass, frit (colored glass granules), and colorful glass rods. Whether the mezuzah you make depicts a scene or has…

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New! Fuse it! Slump it!

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

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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New! Garden Stakes

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Make one-of-a-kind garden stakes to adorn indoor potted plants or add a burst of creative beauty to your outdoor garden. Create birds, cats, flowers, fruits and veggies, or just have fun…

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New! Intro to Tubing

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

Learn how to work with both Borosilicate (hard) glass tubing and solid glass rod. Begin with heat control, pulling points, and blowing simple forms. Then learn to add color and vary the…

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New! Layered Imagery in Fusing and Casting

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Blast your imagery on glass. Learn to mix and layer glass powders, hand paint with enamels and cast glass. Bring your own drawings or black and white images to create a photo resist on…

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New! Pendants

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

Spend 4 weeks learning the ins and outs of creating  Borosilicate (hard glass) pendants. Melt and manipulate glass while absorbing a number of different flameworking techniques and…

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