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.

Aquatic Immersion: Diving Deeper

Summer Intensives

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: deb crowley Immerse yourself in sculpting marine flora and fauna in soft and Borosilicate glass to create unique glass vignettes. Discover the joy of creating…

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Back to the Drawing Board

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced

Instructors: Adam Holtzinger and Nate Cotterman As craftspeople, whether the intention is to be a studio artist, production glass maker or to fabricate your own design…

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Blending Colors in Tall Vessel Forms

Summer Intensives

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Instructor: Amanda Simmons In this introductory class in kilnformed vessels, you will learn to create tall thin vessels while experimenting with opaque and transparent colors to…

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Blow and Glow

Summer Intensives

Intermediate

Instructors: Jaime Guerrero and Ed Kirshner This unique class is intended for experienced glass blowers who would like to learn to include dynamic gas plasma light within their…

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Can You Make Me a Glass Rainbow?

Summer Intensives

Intermediate

Instructor: Michiko Sakano You are in love with glass. You have made cups and ornaments for your relatives and sold some of your artwork. You have your business cards…

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Casting Alternatives

Summer Intensives

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: Evelyn Dunstan Together with the use of lead crystal glass we will create challenging wax to glass forms that explore the benefits of this kilncasting process further. From…

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Cold Construction and Lamination

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Pavel Novak  Using solid blocks of glass you will experiment with many aspects of coldworking: cutting with the diamond saw, grinding with silicon carbide grit,…

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Constructing Quirky Narratives

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: Tom Moore Tom will teach hot-joining of multiple components to produce funny narrative objects. There will be an emphasis on design development through drawing, and…

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Dreamy Fine Art Dichroic Jewelry

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: deb crowley Dichroic glass has brought about an emergence of glass jewelry onto the scene and reinvigorated the glass fusing market. Learn to create fine art glass…

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Enameling Your Own Glass Creations

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Mathieu Grodet This five-day class will explore two aspects of glass practice - the realization and the enamelling of a soft glass piece in a multistudio…

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Fine Line

Summer Intensives

Intermediate

Instructor: Jason Christian This class will explore the possibilities of traditional cane working techniques combined with modern simplicity. The art of Reticello, classical…

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Flameworking Fundamentals

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Tim Drier Flame Working Fundamentals is a class designed to start with marbles moving through various seal, and surface color application techniques to end up at…

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Flameworking with Sally

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Sally Prasch This will be a wonderful class covering both a bit of science and artistic glass. Using primarily borosilicate glass we will cover sculpture, flowers,…

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From Paper to Glass, Thin Folded Forms

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Nisha Bansil In this class we will cover all of the skills that you will need to create complex cast glass objects. Folding tessellated patterns out of paper can be a…

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Glass Powders and Kiln Formed Glass Vessels

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Amanda Simmons In this class about kilnformed vessels and glass powders, you will learn to create vessels while experimenting with opaque and transparent powdered…

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Glass Trek: Discovery

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Matt Tyner Starting with basic techniques involving hollow blown glass tubing and basic color application you will learn to expand your practice. Concepts will extend from…

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Hot Sculpting Techniques

Summer Intensives

Intermediate

Instructor: Ross Richmond This class will demonstrate many different sculpting techniques with an emphasis on working more explorative to see the potential of the material and…

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How to Make a Glass Sculpture

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: František Janák This class will teach step-by-step how to create small glass sculptures from a solid block of glass using coldworking techniques such as…

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Hustle and Flow

Summer Intensives

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructors: Brent Rogers and Beccy Feather This class will focus on the flow of liquids in glass products such as coffee brewing, distillation and water recycling systems. Daily…

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If You Can Understand It, You Can Do It!

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: Jason Howard In this high energy, technique driven class, you will gain expert heat base and atmosphere control. Learn how to operate a torch at different pressures…

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Investment Strategies

Summer Intensives

All Skill Levels

Instructor: Patrick Martin Conceiving, designing, and fabricating sculptural ideas into glass will be the main focus of the class. Through the immediacy of furnace casting to…

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Kilning It From Warm to Hot

Summer Intensives

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

Instructor: Ashley McFarland Explore kilnforming through a variety of techniques and the manipulation of temperatures. In this class we will dive deep into our kilns in order to…

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Lampworking for Chandelier Construction

Summer Intensives

Intermediate

Instructors: Janis Miltenberger and Susan Taylor Glasgow Lampworking is a wonderful technique to create components that can be combined to form both functional and non-functional…

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