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.

5 Super Techniques in 2 Days

Spring Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Joseph Cavalieri Check-in on Friday and 6pm and join us for an informative lecture with Joseph Cavalieri. Then get right to it on Saturday and Sunday. Learn multiple…

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Beads 2

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

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Beyond the Cup

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

Move beyond the basic cup shape to create other hot glass forms. Highly recommended if you have taken Hot 1 and/or Hot 2 and now seek to hone and expand your skill set. Hot 1, 24 hours…

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Coldworking Open Projects

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Spend 8 weeks in the cold shop learning new techniques and improving existing skills through projects you design with the help of an instructor. This course offers full access to all cold…

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Following in the Footsteps of the Masters

Spring Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced

INSTRUCTOR:  Edward T. Schmid   There are tried and true methods to the madness of glassblowing that have worked for centuries. You will focus on honing your glassblowing…

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Frits and Giggles

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

This class pushes us past the boundaries of sheet glass and offers an arsenal of techniques to create unique works of functional art. Using frit of all sizes, we will explore techniques such…

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Fused Glass Dishes (Slumping)

Workshops

Intermediate

Cut glass sheets into smaller geometric shapes and use these pieces, along with frit (colored glass granules) and stringers (thin, colored glass rods), to design a spectacular pattern. After…

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Fusing Open Projects

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate, Advanced

Prepare to further explore fusing techniques you have already learned. Bring a sketchbook and ideas for you and the instructor to work through. Introduction to Fusing and Slumping or 24…

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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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Happily Ever After?

Spring Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructors: Karina Guevin and Cedric Ginart Your inherent creativity will be stimulated in this spring intensive focused on building a solid foundation of technical skill at the torch.…

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Hot Glass 2

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

Enroll in Hot 2 and build on your existing skill set and expand your creative potential. Refine and diverge from the standard cup and bowl shape in the first few weeks before moving on…

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Intermediate Fusing

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

In this course, focus on perfecting your glass-cutting skills while exploring color and pattern. As you improve, you will be able to create and implement the ¼ strip and produce pixel…

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Intermediate Stained Glass

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

Take your stained glass skills to the next level! Choose from a variety of patterns and, using lead came, learn the traditional technique of camework glass. This technique is necessary to…

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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 3D 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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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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New! 4-Week Coldworking Open Projects

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate, Advanced

Design your own project and learn new techniques and improve existing skills with the help of an instructor. You will have full access to all cold shop equipment including saws, etching…

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New! All About the Patterns

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

Take your fusing to the next level by creating unique patterned glass. You will learn a variety of pattern bar techniques and how to incorporate each into fused platters or decorative wall…

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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! Drop Outs

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

Explore gravity's influence on kilnformed glass. Put your introductory fusing knowledge to use and create a variety of dropout vessels and dishes. A dropout vessel is movement frozen in…

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