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.

Hot Glass in the Fast Lane

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Explore glassblowing in just 4 weeks! Learn to gather molten glass from the furnace, and then sculpt it into various forms, from paperweights to simple blown shapes, like clear cups and…

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Intermediate Fusing

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

In this course, focus on perfecting your glass-cutting skills while exploring color and pattern. As you improve, you will be able to create and implement the ¼ strip and produce pixel…

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Intermediate Stained Glass

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

Take your stained glass skills to the next level! Choose from a variety of patterns and, using lead came, learn the traditional technique of camework glass. This technique is necessary to…

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Intro to Beads

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Fascinated by the intricacies of colorful glass beads and glass jewelry? In this introduction to the flame shop, learn the basic skills of heating glass, applying it to a mandrel, and…

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Intro to Borosilicate

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Learn to work with Borosilicate (hard) glass over the torch. Borosilicate glass is very resistant to shock, which makes it perfectly suited to scientific applications. However, its…

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Intro to Coldworking

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Learn how to effectively use all of the cold shop’s equipment, including belt sanders, flat grinders, dremels, polishers, etching lathes, the sandblaster, and the diamond saw. While…

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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 create cast glass sculptures. Learn kilncast by creating small 3D objects. Work with silicones and other mold making…

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Intro to Fusing and Slumping

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Even though sheet glass is used, fusing has many dimensions. Harness the heat of the kiln and explore a wide selection of glass materials to produce an array of functional works of art.…

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Intro to Stained Glass

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Explore the Tiffany method of stained glass while creating your very own panel from a variety of provided patterns. Learn the basic skills of cutting and shaping sheet glass, foiling the…

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Make-It-a-Date

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

Join us for a private Make-It-Now evening of glassblowing. This unique date-night experience allows each couple to work together in one of our studios and because it takes teamwork to…

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Make-It-Now Easter Eggs

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

The Easter Bunny will be surprised to see a beautiful handmade glass egg in your basket this year. 

Make-It-Now workshops are an opportunity for anyone ages 5 and up to try glass making…

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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 Eggs

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

The Easter Bunny will be surprised to see a beautiful handmade glass egg in your basket this year. 

Make-It-Now workshops are an opportunity for anyone ages 5 and above to try glass making…

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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 Ghost Magnets

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 ghost magnet. $30/magnet We reserve a certain amount of space…

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Make-It-Now Ornaments

Make-it-Now

All Skill Levels

Create your own 3D 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-It-Now Pendants

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

The Easter Bunny will be surprised to see a beautiful handmade glass egg or spring pendant in your basket this year. 

Make-It-Now workshops are an opportunity for anyone ages 5 and above to…

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Make Your Own Goblet

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

In two nights, make your own distinctive goblet. On the first night, work in the hot shop, where instructors will help you gather, color, and shape molten glass into your goblet’s foot…

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Marketing for Artists

Spring Intensives

All Skill Levels

New York artist and educator Joseph Cavalieri has taught painting on glass many times at PGC. He is returning to offer his insight about organized, stress free, steps and tips for marketing…

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Marvelous Marbles

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Get comfortable with flameworking by creating colorful marbles using glass rods. Learn how to implement graphite molds to shape the glass and ensure symmetry. Explore decorative techniques,…

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Mixed and Mashed Up for Middle Schoolers

High School

Newbie, Beginner

SiO2 Mixed and Mashed Up is a hands-on, after-school program specifically for students in grades 6–8. Classes meet after school once a week for 12 weeks. Spend four weeks in three…

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MOLTN

High School

Newbie, Beginner

Can’t decide which studio is right for you? Spend a Saturday at PGC working with all things hot! At high temperatures, glass can be manipulated in many ways. You’ll learn three…

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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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Neon and Plasma Globes

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

In two sessions, make your own plasma globe, which will become a unique neon light that responds to your touch! On the first night, create the globe in the hot shop, where instructors will…

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