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.

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 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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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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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. $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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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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Hot Glass 2

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

Now that you’re hooked on hot glass, how do you keep the momentum going? By enrolling in Hot 2, you will become more proficient working with glass. Refine and vary the cup and bowl…

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Hot Glass 3

Multi-Week Classes

Advanced

In this class, you will be encouraged to focus on techniques that interest you as a developing glass artist while still receiving direction and support to refine basic skills and…

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Hot Glass 4 Open Projects

Multi-Week Classes

Advanced, Ace

This class will offer students the choice of either watching weekly technique driven demonstrations or working on independent projects with the guidance of the instructor. This class can be…

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Hot Glass Blowout

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

If you have been dying to try glassblowing, this one-day workshop is for you. It gives you a full day of hands-on time to learn how to gather, shape and manipulate molten glass. Start with…

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Intermediate Fusing

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

We will focus on perfecting our glass cutting skills and knowledge while revisiting ideas and techniques from Introduction to Fusing and Slumping. Learn new ways to make your work unique by…

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Intermediate Stained Glass

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

Take your stained glass skills to the next level. We will learn the traditional techniques of the master stained glass craftsmen combined with the use of current materials and technology.…

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Intro to Found Object + Life Casting

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Combine sculpting and building molds with the heat of the kiln to manipulate glass and create cast glass sculptures. You will be introduced to the art of kilncasting through the creation of…

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Intro to Fusing and Slumping

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Fusing has many dimensions even though you are working with flat glass. Harness the heat of the kiln and use a wide spectrum of glass materials to create an array of functional works of art.…

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Intro to Stained Glass

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Learn the Tiffany method of stained glass while creating your very own stained glass panel from a variety of patterns and glass. You will learn the basic skills of cutting and shaping sheet…

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