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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.

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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Lost Wax Kilncasting 101

Summer Intensives

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

Instructor: Josh Hershman In the kilncasting process, each individual shape requires an individual type of mold for an ideal casting. Therefore this process-oriented class is geared…

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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 10 and above to try glass making…

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Make-It-Now Egg Pendants

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 10 and above to try glass making…

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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 10 and above to try glass making…

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Make Your Mark

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced

Instructor: Sarah E. Gilbert With a focus on engraving glass you will split your time between the cold shop and the hot shop. After making basic shapes in the hot shop we will…

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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 age 10-12. It’s a great opportunity to get hands-on experience…

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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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monsterZ and friends

Spring Intensives

All Levels

Instructor: Chad Parker This course will cover most areas of flameworking boro glass and also some soft glass. I have invited a small group of my close friends who I consider to be…

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Narrative Imagery in Glass

Summer Intensives

All Levels

Instructor: Michael Janis In this class we will work on ways to create fused images on sheets of glass. Using glass frit powders, high-fire enamels, iron oxide decals, and more to…

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NEW! Advanced Blown Forms

Multi-Week Classes

Advanced, Ace

p.p1 {margin: 4.5px 0.0px 2.9px 0.0px; line-height: 9.2px; font: 8.0px 'Futura PT'} Learn how to approach and execute complex blown forms with confidence. Explore vases with pulled…

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NEW! Advanced Sculpting

Multi-Week Classes

Advanced, Ace

p.p1 {margin: 4.5px 0.0px 2.9px 0.0px; line-height: 9.2px; font: 8.0px 'Futura PT'} Jump into sculpting more challenging forms through the use of the garage to premake parts and…

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NEW! BEER + Glasses

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

For this new connoisseur series, each session will focus on a different locally made beer, wine or spirit and the perfect glass. Learn about craft beer from a local brewer, see how the…

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NEW! Blow Hose: Friend or Foe?

Multi-Week Classes

Advanced, Ace

p.p1 {margin: 4.5px 0.0px 2.9px 0.0px; line-height: 9.2px; font: 8.0px 'Futura PT'} This class is for anyone who wants to further their knowledge of hot glass, but doesn’t…

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New! Blown Catch-All Bowls

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

After gathering up and shaping hot glass what happens when you suck out a little air as opposed to blowing? You can create a small, double walled bowl useful for spare change, small snacks…

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NEW! Blown Miniatures

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

In this introduction class using Borosilicate tubing you will learn how to blow hollow glass miniatures. Focus on safety, heat application, tool use and basic techniques to manipulate the…

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NEW! Borosilicate Marblez

Multi-Week Classes

All Levels

p.p1 {margin: 4.5px 0.0px 2.9px 0.0px; line-height: 9.2px; font: 8.0px 'Futura PT'} Learn how to create a perfect sphere in Borosilicate glass. You will begin with the basics of…

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NEW! Cane Pulling Basics

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

p.p1 {margin: 4.5px 0.0px 2.9px 0.0px; line-height: 9.2px; font: 8.0px 'Futura PT'} This class is a great starting point if you want to learn to pull cane. Start with the…

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NEW! Color Application in Glass

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

p.p1 {margin: 4.5px 0.0px 2.9px 0.0px; line-height: 9.2px; font: 8.0px 'Futura PT'} Explore the simpler side of using frit, powder, and color bar to create intriguing patterns in…

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New! Glass Hearts

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Step into the flame shop and let your creative juices flow, while you sculpt a one-of-a-kind heart pendant. Learn how to operate a torch, melt a rod of Borosilicate glass and manipulate it…

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NEW! Imprints and Life Casting

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

p.p1 {margin: 4.5px 0.0px 2.9px 0.0px; line-height: 9.2px; font: 8.0px 'Futura PT'} Learn how to turn your favorite small object into a glass casting. We will work with plaster,…

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NEW! Krobo Beads

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

p.p1 {margin: 4.5px 0.0px 2.9px 0.0px; line-height: 9.2px; font: 8.0px 'Futura PT'} Get inspired by the ingenuity and thrift that characterized the old techniques used by artists in…

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