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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.

Glassmatism: Analysis Guides Action

Spring Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced

instructor: Joe Cariati No matter your particular interest in blown glass, whether it is making patterns, cup making, or complex vessel forming, there are fundamental exercises that…

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Glass 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 backing to create a stunning wall piece. You will learn the basics of…

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Glass Scaffolding: Structural Flameworking

Summer Intensives

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

Instructor: Kit Paulson Spiraling ever-upward from basic flameworking ideas and skills, this class will wander freely through a variety of strategies for building detailed…

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Glass Taxidermy

Summer Intensives

All Levels

Instructor: Alli Hoag In this one-week intensive we will be finding solutions to translate an array of natural forms and textures into glass, looking to conserve the finest detail…

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Glass Terrariums

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Create a new home for your air plants! Choose your colors. Then blow, shape and manipulate a glass bubble into a lovely terrarium. Air plants not included. Can't find a time that…

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Glass Weaving

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Add a bit of texture and movement to your fusing by learning how to create one-of-a-kind woven glass. Student will learn how to cut sheet glass, form it in the kiln and then weave it…

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Hot Glass 1

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

In this introductory Hot Glass I class, you will learn to gather molten glass from the furnace, and then shape it into various forms from paperweights to simple blown shapes such as cups and…

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Hot Glass 2

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

Now that you’re hooked on hot glass, how do you keep the momentum going? By enrolling in Hot 2, you will become more proficient working with glass. Refine and vary the cup and bowl…

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Hot Glass 3

Multi-Week Classes

Advanced

In this class, you will be encouraged to focus on techniques that interest you as a developing glass artist while still receiving direction and support to refine basic skills and…

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Hot Glass 4 Open Projects

Multi-Week Classes

Advanced, Ace

This class will offer students the choice of either watching weekly technique driven demonstrations or working on independent projects with the guidance of the instructor. This class can be…

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Hot Glass Blowout

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

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

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Hot Glass in the Fast Lane

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

This is the fast lane for hot glass where you learn all about glassblowing in only 4 weeks! Learn to gather molten glass from the furnace, and then sculpt it into various forms from…

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Intermediate Beadmaking and Marble Madness

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

Take your beads to the next level! Learn more advanced decorative techniques, shapes and improve your Moretti beadmaking skills. Basic materials provided and students will be allotted a…

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Intermediate Stained Glass

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

Take your stained glass skills to the next level. We will learn the traditional techniques of the master stained glass craftsmen combined with the use of current materials and technology.…

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Intro to Beads

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Make beads at the torch using Moretti (soft) glass. You will have a chance to make many glass beads as you learn the basic skills of heating glass, applying it to a mandrel, and shaping it,…

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Intro to Borosilicate

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Learn to work with Borosilicate glass over the torch. Borosilicate glass is a hard glass that is very resistant to shock, which makes it great for scientific applications, but it also has…

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Intro to Coldworking

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Learn about all of the equipment in the cold shop including belt sanders, flat grinders, dremels, lathes, the sandblaster, and the diamond saw. These tools can be used to create intricate…

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Intro to Fusing and Slumping

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Fusing has many dimensions even though you are working with flat glass. Harness the heat of the kiln and use a wide spectrum of glass materials to create an array of functional works of art.…

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Intro to Stained Glass

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Learn the Tiffany method of stained glass while creating your very own stained glass panel from a variety of patterns and glass. You will learn the basic skills of cutting and shaping sheet…

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Just Dive In: Aquatic Immersion

Summer Intensives

Beginner, Intermediate

Instructor: deb crowley We will each be making an aquatic vignette in soft glass and borosilicate on a wood base. Please bring your favorite wood burl (or driftwood) base…

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Kilnformed Mosaics

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Using sheet glass and glass powder, this technique allows you to create a design or image in glass. Similar to cold mosaics, but instead of messy grout, we use glass powder and fire our work…

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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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