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.

Blown Glass Catch-All Bowls

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Create a small, blown, double-walled bowl that can be functional—useful for serving small snacks, storing earrings, or holding spare change—or purely aesthetic and meant just for…

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Blown Glass Garden Floats

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

In this workshop, an instructor will help you gather molten glass, color it with frit (colored glass granules), and blow a beautiful glass ball that you can hang in your garden or float on a…

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Blown Glass Ornaments

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Ornaments aren’t just for the holidays! They can beautify your living space, whether indoors or out! Make your own blown glass ornament to display in a window or hang on your porch or…

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Blown Glass Pumpkins

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Gather, color, shape, and blow a bubble of hot glass into a pumpkin and then add a curly glass stem. Create a stunning piece of art glass that you’ll proudly display all year long, not…

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Blown Glass Terrariums

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Create a new and lovely habitat for your air plants! Gather glass, add colors, and then blow, shape, and manipulate a glass bubble into an elegant terrarium. Air plants not…

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Bodacious Beads

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Fascinated by the intricacies of colorful glass beads and glass jewelry? In this introduction to the flame shop, learn the basic skills of heating glass, applying it to a mandrel, and…

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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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Coldworked Jewelry

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Choose from a variety of transparent glass colors and coldworking techniques to transform a piece of flat glass into a fabulous pair of earrings, a bracelet, or a pendant. You will learn how…

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Compression Pendants

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

In this one-day workshop, use the torch to melt and combine glass rods to make pendants that appear to encapsulate little explosions of color. Detailed demonstrations will be given on the…

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Cute, Creepy, Crawly Critters

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Create a critter that you won’t mind having in your home! In this workshop, explore stained glass techniques while bringing to life at least two adorable, creepy-crawly critters. Add…

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Draped Candle Votive

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Explore the use of colorful sheet glass, glass stringers (narrow rods), and frit (glass granules) to produce patterns and designs that can then be placed on a mold. Harnessing gravity in the…

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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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Easter Eggs

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Create an Easter egg paperweight that will look gorgeous on either a desk or in a basket! In this workshop, gather molten glass, add colored glass granules, and work with an instructor to…

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Embossed Glasses

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Personalize your own beer mug, wine goblet, or drinking glass using sandblasting, glass carving, etching, polishing, and dremeling techniques. We will provide you with two…

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Enameling Your Own Glass Creations

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Mathieu Grodet This five-day class will explore two aspects of glass practice - the realization and the enamelling of a soft glass piece in a multistudio…

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Fast Track Flameworking

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Fast Track Flameworking is a great introduction to the flame shop and working on a torch while creating functional little treasures.  Learn to melt and manipulate borosilicate (hard or…

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Flame Fundamentals

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Learn flame shop basics in this 4-week intro course, which meets twice weekly to give you the same number of contact hours as our 8-week class. Work with both Moretti (soft) and Borosilicate…

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Flameworked Magnets

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Work at the torch to melt, control, and manipulate a solid rod of Borosilicate glass into colorful, one-of-a-kind magnets that are themselves works of art. Can't find a time that…

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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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Frit Pendants

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Create a 3D explosion you can wear! Gather a molten ball of glass, add colored glass granules, and then shape it at the torch to produce your own stunning, individualized…

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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 Picture Frames

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Using colorful sheet glass, frit (glass granules), and stringers (thin glass rods), create your own imaginative fused glass picture frame that holds a 4” x 6” photo. If you have…

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Fused Glass Suncatchers

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Cut and combine brilliantly colored pieces of glass, frit (colored glass granules), and stringers (thin, colored glass rods) to create a luminous 3” x 5” suncatcher. Once you…

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