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.

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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Fine Line

Summer Intensives

Intermediate

Instructor: Jason Christian This class will explore the possibilities of traditional cane working techniques combined with modern simplicity. The art of Reticello, classical…

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Flame 1—FUNdamentals

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Learn flame shop essentials and introduces a variety of creative techniques while working with both Moretti (soft) and Borosilicate (hard) glass. Begin with a solid rod of glass and melt it…

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Flamecicles

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Bring the crystalline beauty of icicles inside your home! First, learn to use the torch to melt Borosilicate rods. Then twist and pull this softened glass to create your own one-of-a-kind…

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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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Following in the Footsteps of the Masters

Spring Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced

INSTRUCTOR:  Edward T. Schmid   There are tried and true methods to the madness of glassblowing that have worked for centuries. You will focus on honing your glassblowing…

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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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Frits and Giggles

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

This class pushes us past the boundaries of sheet glass and offers an arsenal of techniques to create unique works of functional art. Using frit of all sizes, we will explore techniques such…

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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 Dishes (Slumping)

Workshops

Intermediate

Cut glass sheets into smaller geometric shapes and use these pieces, along with frit (colored glass granules) and stringers (thin, colored glass rods), to design a spectacular pattern. After…

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Fused Glass Ornaments

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Using sheet glass, frit (colored glass granules), and stringers (thin, colored glass rods), make lovely 2D ornaments decorated with snowmen, gifts, trees, snowflakes, or any image you choose…

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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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Fused Valentines

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

A truly unique date, come to PGC and craft your own personalized love letter in glass. $30/fused valentine. We always reserve space in the studio for walk-ins, so if time slots appear…

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Fusing Open Projects

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate, Advanced

Prepare to further explore fusing techniques you have already learned. Bring a sketchbook and ideas for you and the instructor to work through. Introduction to Fusing and Slumping or 24…

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Garden Stakes

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

Make your own colorful fused garden stake. $30/Garden Stake We always reserve space in the studio for walk-ins, so if time slots appear full, please still join us. There is plenty of…

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