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.

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Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Patrick Martin Conceiving, designing, and fabricating sculptural ideas into glass will be the main focus of the class. Through the immediacy of furnace casting to…

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Make Your Own Cups

Summer Intensives

Advanced, Ace

Instructors: Michael Schunke and Josie Gluck We're going to make cups. You are going to watch and ask questions. You're going to draw and we're going to give…

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Making Faces: Sculpting Inside the Boro Bubble

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: Nikolai Morse This class will focus on inside sculpting techniques adapted from soft glass. We will cover how to give faces and figures a more realistic look through…

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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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Press Molded Pâte de Verre Relief Casting

Summer Intensives

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: Katherine Rutecki In this class we will be learning, step-by-step, the process involved in sculpting, molding and firing a press molded pâte-de-verre…

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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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Summer 5-Day Lunch Plan

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

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The Box and Triptych Wall Panels

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Alyssa Oxley This class is an exploration of techniques to construct 3 different glass boxes with fitted decorative lids, and a wall panel that will feature a small triptych…

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Yo! Hot Glass Fundamentals

Summer Intensives

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Instructor: Leo Tecosky Yo! Ready to gather molten glass from the furnace, and then mold it by hand into cups, solid sculptures or any other object your heart desires?…

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