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.

Cold Construction and Lamination

Summer Intensives

All 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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Creation and Reduction

Summer Intensives

All Levels

Instructor: Rye The earliest known evidence of human civilization has been derived from carved artifacts. Before we made tools from metal and ceramic, we used our hands to grind…

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Firing Thin Folded Forms

Summer Intensives

All 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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Flameworking Fundamentals

Summer Intensives

All Levels

Instructor: Tim Drier This class is designed to start with marbles moving through various seal, and surface color application techniques to end up at the human form. You will have…

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Flameworking with Sally

Summer Intensives

All 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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Glass Taxidermy

Summer Intensives

All Levels

Instructor: Alli Hoag In this one-week intensive we will be finding solutions to translate an array of natural forms and textures into glass, looking to conserve the finest detail…

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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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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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Monotype Printmaking and Kilncasting

Summer Intensives

All Levels

Instructor: Jen Blazina This class explores an innovative new approach to combine printmaking and kilncasting. The class will cover relief techniques through…

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Narrative Imagery in Glass

Summer Intensives

All Levels

Instructor: Michael Janis In this class we will work on ways to create fused images on sheets of glass. Using glass frit powders, high-fire enamels, iron oxide decals, and more to…

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Secret Language of Colors

Summer Intensives

All Levels

Instructor: Sayaka Suzuki This class will explore the traditional art nouveau style of pate de verre, a glass casting and mold making process using glass powders and frit. The…

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Summer 5-Day Lunch Plan

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

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