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.

Make-It-Now: Terrariums

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

Blow your own glass terrarium in the hot shop. $40/Terrarium We always reserve space in the studio for walk-ins, so if time slots appear full, please still join us. There is plenty…

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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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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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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 Magnets

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Create an assortment of fun fused funky magnets. Learn how to cut and shape sheet glass and adorn your canvas with frit and stringers to create your own one-of-a-kind fridge…

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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! 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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New! Stained Glass in the Fast Lane

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Learn the ancient art of stained glass and the intricate process of creating your own small panel. First, choose from a variety of provided patterns and colored sheet glass. Next, learn how…

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New! Tubing Basics

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Learn the basics of Borosilicate (hard) glass tubing in this short multi-week class. Heat and glass control will be the focus, as well as pulling points. Manipulate your glass into mini…

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New! Window Pockets

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Explore the art of fusing while making an array of functional window or wall hangings. Learn how to cut sheet glass and adorn your design with frit and stringers to create your own bud vase,…

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PGC Sampler

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

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Press Molded Pâte de Verre Relief Casting

Summer Intensives

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: Katherine Rutecki In this class we will be learning, step-by-step, the process involved in sculpting, molding and firing a press molded pâte-de-verre…

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Pulled Flower Pendants/Magnets

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

Make your own flameworked spring pendant or magnet. $30/Pendant or Magnet We always reserve space in the studio for walk-ins, so if time slots appear full, please still join us.…

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Pulled Glass Flowers

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

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Recycled Bottles

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Upcycle old wine or beer bottles and jars and turn them into functional glasses, vases, or candle holders. Bring 2–4 bottles or jars and then cut, grind, polish, sandblast, or engrave…

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