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.

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! 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! 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! 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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New! Sculpted Glass Tree Paperweights

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

In this hot sculpting workshop, gather, add color to, and begin sculpting hot glass into a winter pine tree, which you will then capture inside clear molten glass. Can't find a time…

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New! Some Assembly Required

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate, Advanced

From goblets to sculpture, this class will put it all together. In the hot shop, learn to use the garage, torches and glue bits and how to construct many types of punties. Emphasis will be…

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New! Stained Glass in the Fast Lane

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Learn the ancient art of stained glass and the intricate process of creating your own small panel. First, choose from a variety of provided patterns and colored sheet glass. Next, learn how…

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New! Stained Glass Star

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

Create lovely hanging adornments for your home while learning the ancient techniques of stained glass. You will learn how to cut and shape sheet glass to create at least two different types…

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New! Stick it to Win it!

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate, Advanced

Become more efficient with the encalmo color application technique. Start with just two bands of color then add more to attach multiple bubbles and create more distinct lines in the glass.…

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New! Tubing Basics

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Learn the basics of Borosilicate (hard) glass tubing in this short multi-week class. Heat and glass control will be the focus, as well as pulling points. Manipulate your glass into mini…

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Nuts & Bolts / Form & Color

Summer Intensives

Intermediate

Instructors: Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz Through the exploration of a variety of forms and color applications, you will gain confidence while refining skills and…

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Pendant Passion

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Spend 8 weeks creating your own collection of unique Borosilicate (hard glass) pendants. Learn to melt and manipulate glass while absorbing a number of different flameworking techniques and…

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PGC Sampler

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

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