Our glass studios are closed for annual maintenance August 12 through September 7. Our gallery and shop will be open.

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.

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 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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Make-It-a-Date

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

Join us for a private Make-It-Now evening of glassblowing at Pittsburgh Glass Center. Especially designed as a one-of-a-kind date night, each couple will have the opportunity to work…

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Make-It-Now Flamecicles

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

Register early for this new holiday Make-It-Now activity! Try your hand at flameworking and create your very own glistening glass flamecicle. $30 each. We reserve a certain amount of…

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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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Make-It-Now: Monarch Suncatcher

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

Make your own glass Monarch butterfly suncatcher. This activity follows the Magical Monarchs presentation by June Bernard of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, in conjunction with the…

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Make-It-Now Ornaments

Make-it-Now

All Skill Levels

Create your own blown glass ornament to hang on the tree or in a window!  We always reserve space in the studio for walk-ins, so if time slots appear full, please still join us.…

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Make Your Own Goblet

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

In two nights, you will make your own goblet, guaranteed to be as unique as you are. Never worry about losing your glass at a party again. In the first night, you will work in the hot shop…

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Marble Madness

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Learn how to create a perfect sphere in soft Italian glass. You will begin with the basics of gathering and shaping the ball. Then you will explore a number of techniques to decorate and…

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Mixed and Mashed Up for Middle Schoolers

High School

Newbie, Beginner

A hands-on glass program for young artists, SiO2 Mixed and Mashed Up is an after school program specifically for students grades 6-8. It’s a great opportunity to get hands-on…

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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 or glass backing to create a stunning wall or window piece. You will…

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Summer Hours

We are open today from 10am – 7pm

  • Sun 10am – 4pm
  • Mon 10am – 7pm
  • Tue 10am – 7pm
  • Wed 10am – 7pm
  • Thu 10am – 7pm
  • Fri 10am – 4pm
  • Sat 10am – 4pm