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! 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! 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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PGC Sampler

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

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Press Molded Pâte de Verre Relief Casting

Summer Intensives

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: Katherine Rutecki In this class we will be learning, step-by-step, the process involved in sculpting, molding and firing a press molded pâte-de-verre…

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Pulled Flower Pendants/Magnets

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

Make your own flameworked spring pendant or magnet. $30/Pendant or Magnet We always reserve space in the studio for walk-ins, so if time slots appear full, please still join us.…

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Pulled Glass Flowers

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

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Raising Cane

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

p.p1 {margin: 4.5px 0.0px 2.9px 0.0px; line-height: 9.2px; font: 8.0px 'Futura PT'} This unique twist on the traditional art of pulled fancy glass canes will cover Filigrana…

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Recycled Bottles

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Upcycle 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, grind, polish, sandblast, or engrave…

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Rhythm and Repetition

Summer Intensives

Newbie, Beginner

Instructor: Suzie Ririe Glassblowing embodies the idea of rhythm through repetitive steps to reach a creative goal. In this class, we will begin learning the basics of glassblowing…

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Screen Printed Coasters

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Working with sheet and powdered glass in a variety of vibrant colors, create a set of fun and functional coasters. Patterns and images will be provided for you as you learn to screen print…

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Sculpted Glass Paperweights

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Want to make a special gift for a family member or impress your coworkers? This paperweight workshop is an easy way to explore the potential of hot glass before committing to a longer class.…

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Sheet Glass Murrini for Blown Vessels

Summer Intensives

Intermediate

Instructor: Giles Bettison Your instructor will explain the content and different source material he uses for his work. From that starting point he will discuss different…

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SiO2 Flameworking (Int/Adv)

High School

Intermediate, Advanced

Continue where you left off in Beginning Flameworking. In this 12-week class, fine-tune your skills. The focus will be on color application, sculptures, independent projects, and an…

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SiO2 Glassblowing

High School

Newbie, Beginner

In this 10-week program, focus on skill-building and understanding hot glass. This is a great course if you have taken a PGC workshop or are just beginning your exploration of hot glass.…

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