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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.

Achieve Your Ideas Through Problem Solving

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced

Instructor: Tom Rowney Blown glass has a life of its own, and we all want to harness the amazing qualities that it can produce. In this class you will focus on drawings and ideas of…

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Approaches to Creativity

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced

Instructor: Kazuki Takizawa What is creativity? How does one become more creative? As glassmakers, we are prone to be immersed in building our skill level. We surround ourselves…

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Between the Lines

Summer Intensives

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: Jason Forck This course will explore the many uses of line in glassblowing. From form and profile, to pattern and surface the class will navigate the use of optic…

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Bowled Over By Cane

Summer Intensives

Advanced

Instructor: Katherine Gray & Nancy Callan This class will be devoted solely to pulling cane and making bowls. We will explore various traditional and non-traditional…

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Cold Construction and Lamination

Summer Intensives

All 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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Creation and Reduction

Summer Intensives

All Levels

Instructor: Rye The earliest known evidence of human civilization has been derived from carved artifacts. Before we made tools from metal and ceramic, we used our hands to grind…

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Deep Relief Dry Plaster Casting

Summer Intensives

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

Instructor: Sean Hennessey In this class you will encounter an easy, versatile and economical way to create bas relief and deep relief kiln formed window glass. Using found objects…

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Design/Collaborate/Fabricate

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced

Instructor: Benjamin Cobb & Pablo Soto Working with glass is already a difficult task, never mind doing it with a different crew, or in a strange place. We intend to…

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Do the Right Thing/k

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: Janusz Pozniak In this one-week class, I will do my best to explain, encourage, correct, and hopefully inspire, you as a student. Not only through demonstrating basic…

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Fictional Sculpting

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: Danny White  This class will focus both on the development of the artwork and the development of the artist. You will be pushed to think outside of yourself using…

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Firing Thin Folded Forms

Summer Intensives

All 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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Flameworking Fundamentals

Summer Intensives

All Levels

Instructor: Tim Drier This class is designed to start with marbles moving through various seal, and surface color application techniques to end up at the human form. You will have…

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Flameworking with Sally

Summer Intensives

All 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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Form<Function<Funk

Summer Intensives

Intermediate

Instructor: Zac Weinberg The history of glassmaking is littered with examples of weird and wonderful approaches to drink delivery systems. In this class the fundamentals of cup making…

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Glass Scaffolding: Structural Flameworking

Summer Intensives

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

Instructor: Kit Paulson Spiraling ever-upward from basic flameworking ideas and skills, this class will wander freely through a variety of strategies for building detailed…

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Glass Taxidermy

Summer Intensives

All Levels

Instructor: Alli Hoag In this one-week intensive we will be finding solutions to translate an array of natural forms and textures into glass, looking to conserve the finest detail…

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Just Dive In: Aquatic Immersion

Summer Intensives

Beginner, Intermediate

Instructor: deb crowley We will each be making an aquatic vignette in soft glass and borosilicate on a wood base. Please bring your favorite wood burl (or driftwood) base…

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Lifeforms: Nature in Glass

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced, Ace

Instructor: Robert Mickelsen This class will focus on imagery taken from nature as subjects for artistic expression in flameworked glass. You will learn techniques for compelling…

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Light Up Your World with PLASMA!

Summer Intensives

Intermediate

Instructors: Wayne Strattman and Mundy Hepburn Let’s have some fun exploring PLASMA!! Wayne Strattman and Mundy Hepburn will be bringing their plasma experience and incredible…

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Lost Wax Kilncasting 101

Summer Intensives

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

Instructor: Josh Hershman In the kilncasting process, each individual shape requires an individual type of mold for an ideal casting. Therefore this process-oriented class is geared…

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Make Your Mark

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced

Instructor: Sarah E. Gilbert With a focus on engraving glass you will split your time between the cold shop and the hot shop. After making basic shapes in the hot shop we will…

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