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.

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! Stained Glass Star

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

Create lovely hanging adornments for your home while learning the ancient techniques of stained glass. You will learn how to cut and shape sheet glass to create at least two different types…

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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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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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Raising Cane

Multi-Week Classes

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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Rhythm and Repetition

Summer Intensives

Newbie, Beginner

Instructor: Suzie Ririe Glassblowing embodies the idea of rhythm through repetitive steps to reach a creative goal. In this class, we will begin learning the basics of glassblowing…

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Screen Printed Coasters

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Working with sheet and powdered glass in a variety of vibrant colors, create a set of fun and functional coasters. Patterns and images will be provided for you as you learn to screen print…

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Sculpted Glass Paperweights

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Want to make a special gift for a family member or impress your coworkers? This paperweight workshop is an easy way to explore the potential of hot glass before committing to a longer class.…

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SiO2 Flameworking

High School

Newbie, Beginner

In this 10-week class, learn how to use the torch, the heat it generates, and gravity to shape molten glass. After a discussion of studio set-up, tools, and safety, demonstrations will…

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SiO2 Glassblowing

High School

Newbie, Beginner

In this 10-week program, focus on skill-building and understanding hot glass. This is a great course if you have taken a PGC workshop or are just beginning your exploration of hot glass.…

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SiO2 Kilnforming

High School

Newbie, Beginner

Have you ever wanted to duplicate an object in glass or create a glass replica of your own hand? Learn several casting techniques in this 10-week class. Using clay and wax, shape your own…

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SiO2 Teen Boot Camp

High School

Newbie, Beginner

Teens in grades 6–12 take over Pittsburgh Glass Center in this intensive class! This one-week summer program introduces the science and art of glass to teens. It gives students the…

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Solid Miniatures

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

This introductory Borosilicate (hard glass) class will cover the basic skills needed to build a solid foundation as a flameworker. Safety, effective tool use, molten glass control and…

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Stained Glass

Workshops

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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Stained Glass Jewelry Box

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Whether or not you have prior experience creating stained glass, make your own beautiful jewelry boxes using an array of techniques and variety of beautifully colored sheet glass. Learn how…

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Stir It Up! Swizzle Sticks

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Stir things up with handmade swizzle sticks! Impress your friends and family by explaining how you melted glass rods to create the elegant swizzle stick that garnishes their iced tea or…

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Summer 5-Day Lunch Plan

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

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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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Terrariums with Farm and Forest

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

New! On the first night at Pittsburgh Glass Center, create a 2 new habitats for your air plants! Gather glass, add color, and then blow, shape, and manipulate a glass bubble into 2…

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