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! 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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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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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 (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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Pulled Flower Pendants/Magnets

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

$30/Pendant or Magnet We always reserve space in the studio for walk-ins, so if time slots appear full, please still join us. There is plenty of room for walk-ins!  Please note…

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Pulled Glass Flowers

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

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Raising Cane

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

This unique twist on the traditional art of pulled fancy glass canes will cover Filgrana (filigree), Zanfirico (polycrome canes), and Lattachino (helix-style, braided canes). Don’t let…

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Raising Cane

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

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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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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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SiO2 Flameworking

High School

Newbie, Beginner

In this 10-week class, learn how to use the torch, the heat it generates, and gravity to shape molten glass. After a discussion of studio set-up, tools, and safety, demonstrations will…

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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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SiO2 Glassblowing (Int/Adv)

High School

Intermediate, Advanced

This 12-week, intermediate-level class will build on the fundamentals taught in the beginner class and elaborate on more difficult blown shapes as well as teach new color application…

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SiO2 Kilnforming

High School

Newbie, Beginner

Have you ever wanted to duplicate an object in glass or create a glass replica of your own hand? Learn several casting techniques in this 10-week class. Using clay and wax, shape your own…

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Solid Miniatures

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

This introductory Borosilicate (hard glass) class will cover the basic skills needed to build a solid foundation as a flameworker. Safety, effective tool use, molten glass control and…

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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. First, choose from a variety of provided patterns and colored sheet glass. Next, learn how…

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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 using the Tiffany copper foil method. Then get a lesson in how…

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Stained Glass Jewelry Box

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Whether or not you have prior experience creating stained glass, make your own beautiful jewelry boxes using an array of techniques and variety of beautifully colored sheet glass. Learn how…

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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, continue the fun in open projects! Challenge yourself with complicated…

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