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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.

Do the Right Thing/k

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: Janusz Pozniak In this one-week class, I will do my best to explain, encourage, correct, and hopefully inspire, you as a student. Not only through demonstrating basic…

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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 sandblasting, glass carving and dremeling techniques. We will provide you with two glasses. You’ll learn to sandblast…

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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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Fictional Sculpting

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: Danny White  This class will focus both on the development of the artwork and the development of the artist. You will be pushed to think outside of yourself using…

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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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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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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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Form<Function<Funk

Summer Intensives

Intermediate

Instructor: Zac Weinberg The history of glassmaking is littered with examples of weird and wonderful approaches to drink delivery systems. In this class the fundamentals of cup making…

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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 Dishes (Slumping)

Workshops

Intermediate

Create and cut a pattern from sheet glass and adorn that pattern with other glass accessories. After the initial full fuse, we will fire your tile a second time, slumping it into a form 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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Fusing Open Projects

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate, Advanced

Come to class ready to explore new ideas and projects. Bring a sketchbook and ideas for you and the instructor to work through in this intermediate-advanced class. Intro to Fusing and…

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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 Hearts

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Step into the flame shop and let your creative juices flow, while you sculpt a one-of-a-kind heart pendant. Learn how to operate a torch, melt a rod of Borosilicate glass and manipulate it…

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Glass Mosaics

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Learn the ancient and intricate art of glass mosaics. You will design a pattern or image with sheet glass on a wooden backing to create a stunning wall piece. You will learn the basics of…

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Glass Scaffolding: Structural Flameworking

Summer Intensives

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

Instructor: Kit Paulson Spiraling ever-upward from basic flameworking ideas and skills, this class will wander freely through a variety of strategies for building detailed…

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