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.

Parents' Night Out with Assemble

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

Parents can enjoy a fun date night and leave the child care to us! Adults will get to make a blown glass ornament while the kids craft with our guest artists from Assemble. Then come…

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Pendant Passion

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Spend 8 weeks creating your own collection of unique Borosilicate pendants. You will melt and manipulate glass while learning a number of different techniques while building a solid…

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Pulled Glass Flowers

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

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Raising Cane

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

Put another twist on the traditional art of pulled fancy glass cane. Filgrana, Zanfirico and Lattachino will be covered. Don’t let the fancy Italian names intimidate you. Your fearless…

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Recycled Bottles

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Learn to repurpose old wine or beer bottles and jars and turn them into functional glasses, vases or candle holders. Bring 2–4 bottles or jars and then cut, polish, sandblast or…

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Screenprinted Coasters

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Working with a variety of sheet and powdered glass you will create a set of fun and functional coasters. A plethora of patterns and images will be provided for you to choose from while…

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Sculpted Glass Paperweights

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

This workshop is an easy way to try out hot glass before taking a longer class. Under the guidance of an experienced instructor, learn how to shape and add color to molten glass to make a…

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Secret Language of Colors

Summer Intensives

All Levels

Instructor: Sayaka Suzuki This class will explore the traditional art nouveau style of pate de verre, a glass casting and mold making process using glass powders and frit. The…

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SiO2 Flameworking

High School

Newbie, Beginner

This 10-week class will introduce students grades 9-12 to the use of heat and gravity to shape molten glass at the torch. After a discussion of studio set-up and safety, demonstrations will…

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SiO2 Flameworking (Int/Adv)

High School

Intermediate, Advanced

Continue where you left off in Intro to Flameworking. In this 12-week class, students will fine-tune their skills. The focus will be on color application, sculptures, independent projects…

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SiO2 Glassblowing

High School

Newbie, Beginner

In this 10-week program, young artists grades 9 - 12 will focus on building their skills and understanding hot glass. This is a great course for a student that has taken a PGC workshop or is…

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SiO2 Glassblowing (Int/Adv)

High School

Intermediate, Advanced

This 12-week intermediate class will take the fundamentals that students learned in the beginning class and elaborate on more difficult blown shapes as well as new color applications.…

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SiO2 Kilnforming

High School

Newbie, Beginner

Have you ever wanted to make a glass chess piece, artichoke or cast of your own hand? Learn several casting techniques in this 10-week class. Form and shape your own sculpture in clay and…

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SiO2 Teen Boot Camp

High School

Newbie, Beginner

Teens in grades 6 - 12 take over Pittsburgh Glass Center in this intensive class! This one-week summer program introduces the science and art of glass to teens. It gives students the rare…

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Stained Glass

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Learn the ancient art of stained glass and the intricate process of creating your own small panel. You will choose from a variety of provided patterns and glass and learn how to cut and…

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Stained Glass Gift Box

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Create a set of 3D illuminated glass boxes that look like wrapped gifts. Learn how to cut and shape sheet glass and assemble it with the Tiffany’s method of stained glass. Then get a…

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Stained Glass Open Projects

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

After learning the basics of stained glass construction in our introductory and/or intermediate stained glass courses we invite you to continue the fun in open projects. Challenge yourself…

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Stained Glass Table Lantern

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Over the course of 8 weeks, you will create a three-panel stained glass table lantern using the Tiffany foiling method. This class is a great start for beginners. It will cover all the…

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Stamped Alphabet Coasters

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Use metal alphabet stamps to imprint a set of coasters. We’ll stamp a hot gather of glass into a graphite coaster mold and then mark each with a letter. Can't find a time that…

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Stir It Up! Swizzle Sticks

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Stir it up with handmade swizzle sticks. Amaze your friends and family by explaining the process of how you melted glass rods and created the fancy swizzle stick that they are using in their…

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Summer 5-Day Lunch Plan

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

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Sunny Summer Saturdays

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

Stop by and spend your afternoon with us! Enjoy light refreshments while watching glassblowing demonstrations and creating your own sculpted glass flower (June 2), blown glass garden float…

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The Sweet Spot

Summer Intensives

Newbie, Beginner

Instructor: Cedric Mitchell This is an introductory/beginner level class for you to sharpen your focus and skill set on the road towards mastery. We will cover the fundamentals of…

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Vita In Vitrum. Life in Glass.

Summer Intensives

Intermediate

Instructor: Tatyana Boyarinova You'll learn a variety of techniques in this class. Learn to make 3 types of flowers: snow flowers, crocuses and sweet pea.…

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Weekend Warm-Up

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

By reservation only online or at 412-365-2145 Roll out of bed late, be comfortable and bring a friend for our favorite new weekend activity. Come to PGC and get your hands on yummy…

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  • Thu 10am – 7pm
  • Fri 10am – 4pm
  • Sat 10am – 4pm