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.

Achieve Your Ideas Through Problem Solving

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced

Instructor: Tom Rowney Blown glass has a life of its own, and we all want to harness the amazing qualities that it can produce. In this class you will focus on drawings and ideas of…

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Between the Lines

Summer Intensives

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: Jason Forck This course will explore the many uses of line in glassblowing. From form and profile, to pattern and surface the class will navigate the use of optic…

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Coldworking Open Projects

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Spend 8 weeks learning new techniques and improving existing skills through projects you design with the help of an instructor. Intro to Coldworking, 24 hours of coldworking experience,…

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Deep Relief Dry Plaster Casting

Summer Intensives

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

Instructor: Sean Hennessey In this class you will encounter an easy, versatile and economical way to create bas relief and deep relief kiln formed window glass. Using found objects…

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Fused Glass Dishes (Slumping)

Workshops

Intermediate

Create and cut a pattern from sheet glass and adorn that pattern with other glass accessories. After the initial full fuse, we will fire your tile a second time, slumping it into a form and…

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Fusing Open Projects

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate, Advanced

Come to class ready to explore new ideas and projects. Bring a sketchbook and ideas for you and the instructor to work through in this intermediate-advanced class. Intro to Fusing and…

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Glass Scaffolding: Structural Flameworking

Summer Intensives

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

Instructor: Kit Paulson Spiraling ever-upward from basic flameworking ideas and skills, this class will wander freely through a variety of strategies for building detailed…

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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 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 2

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

Now that you’re hooked on hot glass, how do you keep the momentum going? By enrolling in Hot 2, you will become more proficient working with glass. Refine and vary the cup and bowl…

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Intermediate Fusing

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

We will focus on perfecting our glass cutting skills and knowledge while revisiting ideas and techniques from Introduction to Fusing and Slumping. Learn new ways to make your work unique by…

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Intermediate Stained Glass

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

Take your stained glass skills to the next level. We will learn the traditional techniques of the master stained glass craftsmen combined with the use of current materials and technology.…

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Light Up Your World with PLASMA!

Summer Intensives

Intermediate

Instructors: Wayne Strattman and Mundy Hepburn Let’s have some fun exploring PLASMA!! Wayne Strattman and Mundy Hepburn will be bringing their plasma experience and incredible…

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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 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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Raising Cane

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

Put another twist on the traditional art of pulled fancy glass cane. Filgrana, Zanfirico and Lattachino will be covered. Don’t let the fancy Italian names intimidate you. Your fearless…

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SiO2 Flameworking (Int/Adv)

High School

Intermediate, Advanced

Continue where you left off in Intro to Flameworking. In this 12-week class, students will fine-tune their skills. The focus will be on color application, sculptures, independent projects…

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SiO2 Glassblowing (Int/Adv)

High School

Intermediate, Advanced

This 12-week intermediate class will take the fundamentals that students learned in the beginning class and elaborate on more difficult blown shapes as well as new color applications.…

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Stained Glass Open Projects

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

After learning the basics of stained glass construction in our introductory and/or intermediate stained glass courses we invite you to continue the fun in open projects. Challenge yourself…

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Summer 5-Day Lunch Plan

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

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What’s Your Networking Problem?

Summer Intensives

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: Eunsuh Choi This class will focus on building a solid foundation for networking techniques. Networking techniques can be used from small to large scale for a flameworked…

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