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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Approaches to Creativity

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced

Instructor: Kazuki Takizawa What is creativity? How does one become more creative? As glassmakers, we are prone to be immersed in building our skill level. We surround ourselves…

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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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Design/Collaborate/Fabricate

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced

Instructor: Benjamin Cobb & Pablo Soto Working with glass is already a difficult task, never mind doing it with a different crew, or in a strange place. We intend to…

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Do the Right Thing/k

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: Janusz Pozniak In this one-week class, I will do my best to explain, encourage, correct, and hopefully inspire, you as a student. Not only through demonstrating basic…

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Fictional Sculpting

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: Danny White  This class will focus both on the development of the artwork and the development of the artist. You will be pushed to think outside of yourself using…

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Form<Function<Funk

Summer Intensives

Intermediate

Instructor: Zac Weinberg The history of glassmaking is littered with examples of weird and wonderful approaches to drink delivery systems. In this class the fundamentals of cup making…

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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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Just Dive In: Aquatic Immersion

Summer Intensives

Beginner, Intermediate

Instructor: deb crowley We will each be making an aquatic vignette in soft glass and borosilicate on a wood base. Please bring your favorite wood burl (or driftwood) base…

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Lifeforms: Nature in Glass

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: Robert Mickelsen This class will focus on imagery taken from nature as subjects for artistic expression in flameworked glass. You will learn techniques for compelling…

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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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Lost Wax Kilncasting 101

Summer Intensives

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

Instructor: Josh Hershman In the kilncasting process, each individual shape requires an individual type of mold for an ideal casting. Therefore this process-oriented class is geared…

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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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