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.

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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Glass Powders and Kiln Formed Glass Vessels

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Amanda Simmons In this class about kilnformed vessels and glass powders, you will learn to create vessels while experimenting with opaque and transparent powdered…

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Glass Trek: Discovery

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Matt Tyner Starting with basic techniques involving hollow blown glass tubing and basic color application you will learn to expand your practice. Concepts will extend from…

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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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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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Hot Sculpting Techniques

Summer Intensives

Intermediate

Instructor: Ross Richmond This class will demonstrate many different sculpting techniques with an emphasis on working more explorative to see the potential of the material and…

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How to Make a Glass Sculpture

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: František Janák This class will teach step-by-step how to create small glass sculptures from a solid block of glass using coldworking techniques such as…

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Hustle and Flow

Summer Intensives

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructors: Brent Rogers and Beccy Feather This class will focus on the flow of liquids in glass products such as coffee brewing, distillation and water recycling systems. Daily…

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If You Can Understand It, You Can Do It!

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: Jason Howard In this high energy, technique driven class, you will gain expert heat base and atmosphere control. Learn how to operate a torch at different pressures…

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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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Investment Strategies

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Patrick Martin Conceiving, designing, and fabricating sculptural ideas into glass will be the main focus of the class. Through the immediacy of furnace casting to…

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