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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! Moldmaking and Relief Casting

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Try your hand at kilncasting! Shape a tile out of clay and transform it into glass through a relief moldmaking process. We will also cover pâte de verre, lost wax, and alginate…

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New! Mosaic Gazing Balls

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Add a little sparkle to your yard this spring by designing your very own glass mosaic gazing ball. Learn to work with sheet glass to create a pattern or image that will then be adhered to a…

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NEW! Multi-Part Mold Making

Multi-Week Classes

All Levels

In this class we will explore intermediate and advanced mold making techniques. We will create thin, delicate objects with 2-part press molds and then add depth to our castings with…

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NEW! Neon and Plasma Globes

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

This is a brief introduction to a process of neon that has been fading in and out of interest since the early 70s. In two nights, you will make your own plasma globe, and unlike a neon sign…

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NEW! PGC Sampler

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'} If you’re not sure which studio you are interested in, sign up for this 4-week sampler to…

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NEW! Roman Replication

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

p.p1 {margin: 4.5px 0.0px 2.9px 0.0px; line-height: 9.2px; font: 8.0px 'Futura PT'} This class focuses on a historical approach to glassblowing and takes inspiration from Pre-Murano…

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NEW! Solid Miniatures

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

This introductory Borosilicate glass class will cover the basic skills to build a foundation as a flameworker. Safety, tool use, control of molten glass, proper seals and manipulation will…

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NEW! SPIRITS + Swizzle Sticks

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

For this new connoisseur series, each session will focus on a different locally made beer, wine or spirit and the perfect glass. Learn about a craft spirit from a local distiller, see…

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NEW! Stack and Tack

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

p.p1 {margin: 4.5px 0.0px 2.9px 0.0px; line-height: 9.2px; font: 8.0px 'Futura PT'} Explore the Incalmo process with a touch of coldworking. Create a variety of different colored…

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NEW! Sunday Family Funday

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

By reservation only online or at 412-365-2145. Pre-registration required Grab the kids and head over to PGC for an afternoon of glassmaking family fun! Create your own fused picture…

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NEW! Vitreography

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'} Carve, etch, and grind imagery and patterns into a sheet of glass which you will then run through…

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NEW! WINE + Wine Charms

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

For this new connoisseur series, each session will focus on a different locally made beer, wine or spirit and the perfect glass. Learn about wine from a local winemaker, see how the perfect…

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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

p.p1 {margin: 4.5px 0.0px 2.9px 0.0px; line-height: 9.2px; font: 8.0px 'Futura PT'} In the hot shop, glass flowers are sprouting up everywhere. Make your own colorful glass flower…

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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'} Put another twist on the traditional art of pulled fancy glass cane. Filigrana, Zanfirico and…

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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 Eggs

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Make your very own colorful Easter egg paperweight! Choose your colors and work with an instructor to sculpt an Easter egg that will be the perfect addition to your basket! 

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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 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 alternate…

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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 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 just…

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