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.

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 5 and up 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 5 and above to try glass making…

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Make-It-Now Pendants

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

The Easter Bunny will be surprised to see a beautiful handmade glass egg or spring pendant in your basket this year. 

Make-It-Now workshops are an opportunity for anyone ages 5 and above to…

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Make-It-Now: Terrariums

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

Blow your own glass terrarium in the hot shop. $40/Terrarium We always reserve space in the studio for walk-ins, so if time slots appear full, please still join us. There is plenty…

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Make Your Own Cups

Summer Intensives

Advanced, Ace

Instructors: Michael Schunke and Josie Gluck We're going to make cups. You are going to watch and ask questions. You're going to draw and we're going to give…

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Make Your Own Glass Mark!

Summer Intensives

Beginner

Instructors: Csilla Szilágyi and Gergely Mindák Follow us and see the whole process of making glass and concrete stamps from the first drawing to the last print. This…

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Make Your Own Goblet

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

In two nights, make your own distinctive goblet. On the first night, work in the hot shop, where instructors will help you gather, color, and shape molten glass into your goblet’s foot…

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Making Faces: Sculpting Inside the Boro Bubble

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: Nikolai Morse This class will focus on inside sculpting techniques adapted from soft glass. We will cover how to give faces and figures a more realistic look through…

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Marketing for Artists

Spring Intensives

All Skill Levels

New York artist and educator Joseph Cavalieri has taught painting on glass many times at PGC. He is returning to offer his insight about organized, stress free, steps and tips for marketing…

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Marvelous Marbles

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Get comfortable with flameworking by creating colorful marbles using glass rods. Learn how to implement graphite molds to shape the glass and ensure symmetry. Explore decorative techniques,…

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Mixed and Mashed Up for Middle Schoolers

High School

Newbie, Beginner

SiO2 Mixed and Mashed Up is a hands-on, after-school program specifically for students in grades 6–8. Classes meet after school once a week for 12 weeks. Spend four weeks in three…

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MOLTN

High School

Newbie, Beginner

Can’t decide which studio is right for you? Spend a day at PGC working with all things hot! At high temperatures, glass can be manipulated in many ways. You’ll learn three…

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Mosaics

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Explore the ancient and intricate art of glass mosaics. Using pieces of sheet glass on a wooden or glass support, design a pattern or image that will develop into a stunning wall or window…

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Neon and Plasma Globes

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

In two sessions, make your own plasma globe, which will become a unique neon light that responds to your touch! On the first night, create the globe in the hot shop, where instructors will…

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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! 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! 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! 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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