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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 Garden Floats

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Make your own beautiful glass object for your garden. In this workshop, an instructor will help you gather, color and blow a beautiful glass ball to either hang in your garden or float on a…

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Blown Glass Ornaments

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Make your own blown glass ornament to hang on the tree or give as a special holiday gift! Under the guidance of a hot shop instructor, you will be able to select and add color to a hot glass…

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Blown Glass Pumpkins

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Real pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes and so do the ones you’ll create in this workshop. Gather, color, shape and blow a bubble of hot glass to form a pumpkin and then add a stem…

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Bodacious Beads

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Mesmerized by intricate, colorful glass beads and jewelry? Learn the secrets of how beads are made at the torch in this introductory session in the flame shop. You will have a chance to make…

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Cold Cuts and Lamination

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Step into the cold shop and learn how to operate all the basic equipment. Cut and grind blocks of glass into multiple sections and then glue them back together using dyed glues. Learn other…

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Compression Pendants

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Entice the world with your very own one-of-a-kind, handmade pendants. In this one-day workshop, use the torch to melt glass rods and combine colors to make pendants that look like an…

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Cute, Creepy, Crawly Critters

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Create a critter for display in your home. In this workshop, we will explore both fused glass and stained glass to bring to life at least two unique creepy, crawly critters. Can't…

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Draped Candle Votive

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Explore the use of glass stringers and frit to produce patterns and designs that will then be draped over a mold, harnessing gravity in the kiln, creating a set of handkerchief votive candle…

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Embossed Glasses

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Personalize your own beer mug, wine goblet or drinking glass using sand blasting, glass carving and dremeling techniques. We will provide you with two glasses. You’ll learn to…

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Exploration of the Mosaic

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Explore the art of the traditional glass mosaic. We will start by designing and creating a small mosaic window using traditional glass applications and grouting techniques. Then we will go…

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Fast Track Flameworking

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Flameworking is the technique of forming objects by melting glass rods at the torch. You will be amazed at what you can make – beads, marbles, chains and pendants to name a few. This…

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Flame 1 Fundamentals

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

A great combination class to explore variety in the flame shop. You will work with both Moretti (soft) and Borosilicate (hard) glass while learning the fundamentals of flameworking. Begin…

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Flamecicles

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Have you ever wanted to enjoy the beauty of icicles inside your home? Now you can. Turn on the torch and learn to melt Borosilicate glass rods. Then by twisting, pushing, and pulling create…

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Flameworked Magnets

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Use your own handmade glass magnets to post that reminder note or special someone’s crayon and glitter drawing on the refrigerator. Work at the torch and melt, control and manipulate a…

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Frit Pendants

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Flamework your own frit pendant using crushed colored glass to create a 3D explosion. Melt and manipulate your own eye-popping pendant by gathering a molten ball of glass, applying color and…

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Fused Glass Ornaments

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Using sheet glass, frit and stringers, we will create beautiful glass ornaments in the kiln shop. Patterns and designs from holiday trees to snowflakes can be created and only your…

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Fused Glass Picture Frames

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Create your own fused glass picture frame that holds a 4” x 6” photo. In this class, you will create a variety of patterns and designs using glass frit and stringers to adorn…

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Fused Glass Suncatchers

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Have fun creating fused glass suncatchers using a variety of glass materials. We will use pieces of flat glass, rods, stringers and frit to create a pattern or scene. Many things are…

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Fuze-a-palooza

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

This is a great workshop for a variety of students, whether you have never touched flat glass before or have a kiln at home. We start at the beginning covering tool knowledge, glass cutting…

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Glass Terrariums

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Create a new home for your air plants! Choose your colors. Then blow, shape and manipulate a glass bubble into a lovely terrarium. Air plants not included. Can't find a time that…

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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. $25/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!  $35/person If you would like your group to stay…

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Hot Glass 1

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

In this introductory Hot Glass I class, you will learn to gather molten glass from the furnace, and then shape it into various forms from paperweights to simple blown shapes such as cups and…

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