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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Bowled Over By Cane

Summer Intensives

Advanced

Instructor: Katherine Gray & Nancy Callan This class will be devoted solely to pulling cane and making bowls. We will explore various traditional and non-traditional…

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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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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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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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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 3

Multi-Week Classes

Advanced

In this class, you will be encouraged to focus on techniques that interest you as a developing glass artist while still receiving direction and support to refine basic skills and…

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Hot Glass 4 Open Projects

Multi-Week Classes

Advanced, Ace

This class will offer students the choice of either watching weekly technique driven demonstrations or working on independent projects with the guidance of the instructor. This class can be…

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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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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 Your Mark

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced

Instructor: Sarah E. Gilbert With a focus on engraving glass you will split your time between the cold shop and the hot shop. After making basic shapes in the hot shop we will…

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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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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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