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.

Kilning It From Warm to Hot

Summer Intensives

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

Instructor: Ashley McFarland Explore kilnforming through a variety of techniques and the manipulation of temperatures. In this class we will dive deep into our kilns in order to…

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Lampworking for Chandelier Construction

Summer Intensives

Intermediate

Instructors: Janis Miltenberger and Susan Taylor Glasgow Lampworking is a wonderful technique to create components that can be combined to form both functional and non-functional…

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Make-It-a-Date

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

Join us for a private Make-It-Now evening of glassblowing. This unique date-night experience allows each couple to work together in one of our studios and because it takes teamwork to…

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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 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 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 Mindak Follow us and see the whole process of making glass and concrete stamps from the first drawing to the last print. This one…

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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 Saturday 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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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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