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.

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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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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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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Fuze-a-Palooza

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Whether you have never touched flat glass before or have your own kiln at home, all experience levels can gain knowledge from this class. Start with tool fundamentals, glass cutting, and…

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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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Gather and Brew

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

New! Make a Glass Cup and Drink Beer! Beer always tastes better in a handmade glass. The glass is an important part of the enjoyment of the drinking experience. The shape of the glass…

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Glass Hearts

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Sculpt a perfect expression of love in this one-of-a-kind heart pendant workshop. Learn how to operate a torch, melt a rod of Borosilicate glass, and manipulate it with tools into a wearable…

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Glass Mosaics

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Explore the ancient and intricate art of glass mosaics. Using pieces of sheet glass on a wooden or glass support, design a pattern or image that will develop into a stunning wall or window…

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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 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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Happily Ever After?

Spring Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructors: Karina Guevin and Cedric Ginart Your inherent creativity will be stimulated in this spring intensive focused on building a solid foundation of technical skill at the torch.…

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Hot Glass 1

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

In this introductory class, learn to gather clear molten glass from the furnace and then shape it into various forms, from paperweights to simple blown shapes, such as cups and bowls.…

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Hot Glass 2

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

Enroll in Hot 2 and build on your existing skill set and expand your creative potential. Refine and diverge from the standard cup and bowl shape in the first few weeks before moving on…

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Hot Glass 3

Multi-Week Classes

Advanced

This class encourages focus on the techniques that interest you as a developing glass artist while still allowing for instructor-guided direction and support to refine basic skills and…

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Hot Glass 4 Open Projects

Multi-Week Classes

Advanced, Ace

In this class, choose to either watch weekly technique-driven demonstrations or work on independent projects with the guidance of the instructor. This class can be repeated to improve or…

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Hot Glass Blowout

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

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

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