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.

Networking

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Connect clear glass rods in the flame shop and network them together to create intricate, large-scale sculptures. This specialized technique allows you to easily make complex pieces that…

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New! 3D Mosaics

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Explore the art of 3D glass mosaic. Start by designing and creating a mosaic gazing ball to adorn your yard. Then push your new skills and mosaic your choice of a found object. Glass…

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New! 4-Week Coldworking Open Projects

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate, Advanced

Design your own project and learn new techniques and improve existing skills with the help of an instructor. You will have full access to all cold shop equipment including saws, etching…

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New! All About the Patterns

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

Take your fusing to the next level by creating unique patterned glass. You will learn a variety of pattern bar techniques and how to incorporate each into fused platters or decorative wall…

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New! Blown Glass Optic Ornaments

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

This year, make a holiday ornament that is unique not only in color but in surface texture, too! Steel molds, colored glass granules, and breath are used to make these stunning heirloom…

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New! Coldworked Ornaments

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Learn how to turn a piece of everyday window glass into a festive ornament or stunning suncatcher. You will learn how to etch glass with the sandblaster, engrave with the lathes, and drill…

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New! Drawing with Molten Glass

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

Let’s get hot in the kiln shop and learn how to pull stringers and fluid lines from a kiln mounted to the ceiling. It’s safer than it sounds and so much fun. After you have…

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New! Drop Outs

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

Explore gravity's influence on kilnformed glass. Put your introductory fusing knowledge to use and create a variety of dropout vessels and dishes. A dropout vessel is movement frozen in…

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New! Flora & Fauna: Sculpting with Soft Glass

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

Learn to sculpt and create flora and fauna with all of the fantastic colors that Moretti (soft) glass has to offer.  First learn the basics of flameworking including heat control,…

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New! Foot(age)

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate, Advanced

Take a step forward and figure out how to make glass feet. Explore different kinds of “feet” that are used in hot glassblowing. Each of the first three weeks will focus on a…

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New! Fundamentals of Glass Sculpting

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate, Advanced

Practice sculpture punties, bit work, and working inside the bubble. Bring your concepts and explore asymmetry. Thinking outside the box while using specially designed sculpting tools, you…

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New! Fun with Fusing

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Create a variety of beautiful works of art and functional pieces including wind chimes, garden stakes, suncatchers, and pocket vases while learning fusing basics. Even if you have experience…

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New! Fun with Fusing

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

While learning fusing basics, create a variety of beautiful pieces to keep or share, including wind chimes, garden stakes, suncatchers, and pocket vases. Even if you have fused before, you…

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New! Fused Glass Mezuzahs

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Create a fused glass mezuzah using a variety of materials, including sheet glass, frit (colored glass granules), and colorful glass rods. Whether the mezuzah you make depicts a scene or has…

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New! Fuse it! Slump it!

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

Whether you have never touched flat glass before or have your own kiln at home, all experience levels can gain knowledge from this class. Start with tool fundamentals, glass cutting, and…

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New! Garden Stakes

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Make one-of-a-kind garden stakes to adorn indoor potted plants or add a burst of creative beauty to your outdoor garden. Create birds, cats, flowers, fruits and veggies, or just have fun…

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New! Glassy Décor

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Work with Borosilicate tubing to create hollow forms, such as hanging ornaments and small sculptures. Bring a sketchbook and some ideas. Class begins with the basics, including instruction…

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New! Hot Glass 2.5

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

Learn how to work hotter and faster with more confidence in this continuation of Hot 2. With much practice, you will perfect simple shapes such as the cup and bowl and your hand-skills.…

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New! Imagery Processes Galore

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Whether you are a beginner or someone with kilnforming experience, learn a variety of techniques that can be used separately or together to incorporate 2D imagery into glass. Five core…

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New! Intro to Tubing

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

Learn how to work with both Borosilicate (hard) glass tubing and solid glass rod. Begin with heat control, pulling points, and blowing simple forms. Then learn to add color and vary the…

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New! Layered Imagery in Fusing and Casting

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Blast your imagery on glass. Learn to mix and layer glass powders, hand paint with enamels and cast glass. Bring your own drawings or black and white images to create a photo resist on…

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New! Pendants

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

Spend 4 weeks learning the ins and outs of creating  Borosilicate (hard glass) pendants. Melt and manipulate glass while absorbing a number of different flameworking techniques and…

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