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.

Lifeforms: Nature in Glass

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: Robert Mickelsen This class will focus on imagery taken from nature as subjects for artistic expression in flameworked glass. You will learn techniques for compelling…

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Light Up Your World with PLASMA!

Summer Intensives

Intermediate

Instructors: Wayne Strattman and Mundy Hepburn Let’s have some fun exploring PLASMA!! Wayne Strattman and Mundy Hepburn will be bringing their plasma experience and incredible…

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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 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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Marvelous Marbles

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Marbles are a fun and interesting way to get to know glass over the torch. Join us as we create colorful marbles using glass rods. Students will explore techniques including twisties, dots,…

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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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Monotype Printmaking and Kilncasting

Summer Intensives

All Levels

Instructor: Jen Blazina This class explores an innovative new approach to combine printmaking and kilncasting. The class will cover relief techniques through…

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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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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 Magnets

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Create an assortment of fun fused funky magnets. Learn how to cut and shape sheet glass and adorn your canvas with frit and stringers to create your own one-of-a-kind fridge…

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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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New! Window Pockets

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Explore the art of fusing while making an array of functional window or wall hangings. Learn how to cut sheet glass and adorn your design with frit and stringers to create your own bud vase,…

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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