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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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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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 3

Multi-Week Classes

Advanced

This class encourages focus on the techniques that interest you as a developing glass artist while still allowing for instructor-guided direction and support to refine basic skills and…

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Hot Glass 4 Open Projects

Multi-Week Classes

Advanced, Ace

In this class, choose to either watch weekly technique-driven demonstrations or work on independent projects with the guidance of the instructor. This class can be repeated to improve or…

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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! Foot(age)

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate, Advanced

Take a step forward and figure out how to make glass feet. Explore different kinds of “feet” that are used in hot glassblowing. Each of the first three weeks will focus on a…

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New! Fundamentals of Glass Sculpting

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate, Advanced

Practice sculpture punties, bit work, and working inside the bubble. Bring your concepts and explore asymmetry. Thinking outside the box while using specially designed sculpting tools, you…

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New! Layered Imagery in Fusing and Casting

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Blast your imagery on glass. Learn to mix and layer glass powders, hand paint with enamels and cast glass. Bring your own drawings or black and white images to create a photo resist on…

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New! Some Assembly Required

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate, Advanced

From goblets to sculpture, this class will put it all together. In the hot shop, learn to use the garage, torches and glue bits and how to construct many types of punties. Emphasis will be…

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New! Stick it to Win it!

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate, Advanced

Become more efficient with the encalmo color application technique. Start with just two bands of color then add more to attach multiple bubbles and create more distinct lines in the glass.…

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SiO2 Flameworking (Int/Adv)

High School

Intermediate, Advanced

Continue where you left off in Beginning Flameworking. In this 12-week class, fine-tune your skills. The focus will be on color application, sculptures, independent projects, and an…

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SiO2 Glassblowing (Int/Adv)

High School

Intermediate, Advanced

This 12-week, intermediate-level class will build on the fundamentals taught in the beginner class and elaborate on more difficult blown shapes as well as teach new color application…

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