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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Aquatic Immersion: Diving Deeper

Summer Intensives

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: deb crowley Immerse yourself in sculpting marine flora and fauna in soft and Borosilicate glass to create unique glass vignettes. Discover the joy of creating…

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Back to the Drawing Board

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced

Instructors: Adam Holtzinger and Nate Cotterman As craftspeople, whether the intention is to be a studio artist, production glass maker or to fabricate your own design…

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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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Blending Colors in Tall Vessel Forms

Summer Intensives

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Instructor: Amanda Simmons In this introductory class in kilnformed vessels, you will learn to create tall thin vessels while experimenting with opaque and transparent colors to…

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Blow and Glow

Summer Intensives

Intermediate

Instructors: Jaime Guerrero and Ed Kirshner This unique class is intended for experienced glass blowers who would like to learn to include dynamic gas plasma light within their…

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Can You Make Me a Glass Rainbow?

Summer Intensives

Intermediate

Instructor: Michiko Sakano You are in love with glass. You have made cups and ornaments for your relatives and sold some of your artwork. You have your business cards…

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Casting Alternatives

Summer Intensives

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: Evelyn Dunstan Together with the use of lead crystal glass we will create challenging wax to glass forms that explore the benefits of this kilncasting process further. From…

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Cold Construction and Lamination

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Pavel Novak  Using solid blocks of glass you will experiment with many aspects of coldworking: cutting with the diamond saw, grinding with silicon carbide grit,…

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Constructing Quirky Narratives

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: Tom Moore Tom will teach hot-joining of multiple components to produce funny narrative objects. There will be an emphasis on design development through drawing, and…

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Dreamy Fine Art Dichroic Jewelry

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: deb crowley Dichroic glass has brought about an emergence of glass jewelry onto the scene and reinvigorated the glass fusing market. Learn to create fine art glass…

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Flameworking Fundamentals

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Tim Drier Flame Working Fundamentals is a class designed to start with marbles moving through various seal, and surface color application techniques to end up at…

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Flameworking with Sally

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Sally Prasch This will be a wonderful class covering both a bit of science and artistic glass. Using primarily borosilicate glass we will cover sculpture, flowers,…

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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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From Paper to Glass, Thin Folded Forms

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Nisha Bansil In this class we will cover all of the skills that you will need to create complex cast glass objects. Folding tessellated patterns out of paper can be a…

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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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Glass Powders and Kiln Formed Glass Vessels

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced

Instructor: Amanda Simmons In this class about kilnformed vessels and glass powders, you will learn to create vessels while experimenting with opaque and transparent powdered…

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Glass Trek: Discovery

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Matt Tyner Starting with basic techniques involving hollow blown glass tubing and basic color application you will learn to expand your practice. Concepts will extend from…

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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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