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.

New! Beads, Beads, and More Beads

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

If you're fascinated by baubles, bangles and beads, this class is for you. Many beads will be made over the course of 8 weeks, as you learn the basic skills of heating Moretti (soft)…

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New! Blown Glass Optic Ornaments

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

This year put a little twist in your holiday ornament! These ornaments will stand out not only in color and uniqueness but also with a texture applied with the use of a steel mold. Great for…

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New! Coldworked Ornaments

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Learn how to turn a piece of everyday window glass into a festive ornament. Students will learn how to etch glass with our sandblaster, engrave with our lathes and drill holes with our…

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New! Fun with Fusing

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Enjoy a fun filled afternoon while learning fantastic fusing techniques. You will create a variety of fabulous fused treasures like wind chimes, garden stakes, sun-catchers and pocket vases…

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New! Fused Glass Mezuzahs

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Create a fused glass mezuzah using a variety of glass materials. We will use pieces of flat glass, rods, stringers and frit to create a decorative pattern or scene. Note: Scrolls and…

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New! Garden Stakes

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

In this 2-hour workshop, you will make one-of-a-kind garden stakes to adorn potted plants or add a burst of fun to your outdoor gardens. Create birds, cats, flowers, fruits and veggies or…

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New! Glassy Décor

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

We will work with Borosilicate glass tubing to create hollow forms such as hanging ornaments perfect for a tree or a gift. Bring a sketchbook/notebook and some ideas as we will start with…

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New! Imagery Processes Galore

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

This class will touch on a variety of techniques that can be used separately or together to incorporate imagery into glass. Five core techniques will be covered including painting with…

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New! MOLTN Saturday

High School

Newbie, Beginner

Spend your Saturday at PGC working with a molten material. Glass is hot and it can be manipulated in many ways. You’ll learn three different glassmaking techniques: glassblowing from a…

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New! Sculpted Glass Tree Paperweights

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Start building a forest of winter pine trees in this hot sculpting workshop. Gather, shape and add color to create your own festive tree. Can't find a time that works for…

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NEW! Solid Miniatures

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

This introductory Borosilicate glass class will cover the basic skills to build a foundation as a flameworker. Safety, tool use, control of molten glass, proper seals and manipulation will…

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Parents' Night Out with Assemble

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

Parents can enjoy a fun date night and leave the child care to us! Adults will get to make a blown glass ornament while the kids craft with our guest artists from Assemble. Then come…

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Pendant Passion

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Spend 8 weeks creating your own collection of unique Borosilicate pendants. You will melt and manipulate glass while learning a number of different techniques while building a solid…

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Raising Cane

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

Put another twist on the traditional art of pulled fancy glass cane. Filgrana, Zanfirico and Lattachino will be covered. Don’t let the fancy Italian names intimidate you. Your fearless…

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Recycled Bottles

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Learn to repurpose old wine or beer bottles and jars and turn them into functional glasses, vases or candle holders. Bring 2–4 bottles or jars and then cut, polish, sandblast or…

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Screenprinted Coasters

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Working with a variety of sheet and powdered glass you will create a set of fun and functional coasters. A plethora of patterns and images will be provided for you to choose from while…

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Sculpted Glass Paperweights

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

This workshop is an easy way to try out hot glass before taking a longer class. Under the guidance of an experienced instructor, learn how to shape and add color to molten glass to make a…

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SiO2 Flameworking

High School

Newbie, Beginner

This 10-week class will introduce students grades 9-12 to the use of heat and gravity to shape molten glass at the torch. After a discussion of studio set-up and safety, demonstrations will…

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SiO2 Flameworking (Int/Adv)

High School

Intermediate, Advanced

Continue where you left off in Intro to Flameworking. In this 12-week class, students will fine-tune their skills. The focus will be on color application, sculptures, independent projects…

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SiO2 Glassblowing

High School

Newbie, Beginner

In this 10-week program, young artists grades 9 - 12 will focus on building their skills and understanding hot glass. This is a great course for a student that has taken a PGC workshop or is…

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SiO2 Glassblowing (Int/Adv)

High School

Intermediate, Advanced

This 12-week intermediate class will take the fundamentals that students learned in the beginning class and elaborate on more difficult blown shapes as well as new color applications.…

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SiO2 Kilnforming

High School

Newbie, Beginner

Have you ever wanted to make a glass chess piece, artichoke or cast of your own hand? Learn several casting techniques in this 10-week class. Form and shape your own sculpture in clay and…

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Stained Glass

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Learn the ancient art of stained glass and the intricate process of creating your own small panel. You will choose from a variety of provided patterns and glass and learn how to cut and…

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Stained Glass Gift Box

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Create a set of 3D illuminated glass boxes that look like wrapped gifts. Learn how to cut and shape sheet glass and assemble it with the Tiffany’s method of stained glass. Then get a…

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Stained Glass Open Projects

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

After learning the basics of stained glass construction in our introductory and/or intermediate stained glass courses we invite you to continue the fun in open projects. Challenge yourself…

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We are open today from 10am – 4pm

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