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.

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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Candle Bridges

Workshops

Intermediate

Use the skills and techniques learned in fused tiles workshops to create a dynamic votive display. Cut and position colored rods, stringers, pieces of sheet glass, and frit (glass granules)…

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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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Cute, Creepy, Crawly Critters

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Create a critter that you won’t mind having in your home! In this workshop, explore stained glass techniques while bringing to life at least two adorable, creepy-crawly critters. Add…

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Draped Candle Votive

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Explore the use of colorful sheet glass, glass stringers (narrow rods), and frit (glass granules) to produce patterns and designs that can then be placed on a mold. Harnessing gravity in the…

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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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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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Fused Glass Dishes (Slumping)

Workshops

Intermediate

Cut glass sheets into smaller geometric shapes and use these pieces, along with frit (colored glass granules) and stringers (thin, colored glass rods), to design a spectacular pattern. After…

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Fused Glass Picture Frames

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Using colorful sheet glass, frit (glass granules), and stringers (thin glass rods), create your own imaginative fused glass picture frame that holds a 4” x 6” photo. If you have…

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Fused Glass Suncatchers

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Cut and combine brilliantly colored pieces of glass, frit (colored glass granules), and stringers (thin, colored glass rods) to create a luminous 3” x 5” suncatcher. Once you…

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Garden Stakes

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

Make your own colorful fused garden stake. $30/Garden Stake We always reserve space in the studio for walk-ins, so if time slots appear full, please still join us. There is plenty of…

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Glass Mosaics

Multi-Week Classes

Newbie, Beginner

Explore the ancient and intricate art of glass mosaics. Using pieces of sheet glass on a wooden or glass support, design a pattern or image that will develop into a stunning wall or window…

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Glass Powders and Kilnformed Glass Vessels

Summer Intensives

Intermediate, Advanced

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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Kilnformed Mosaics

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner

Using sheet glass and glass powder, create a 2D abstract design or figurative image in glass. While this technique is similar to conventional mosaics, it requires no messy grout. Instead, we…

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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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Make-It-a-Date

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

Join us for a private Make-It-Now evening of glassblowing. This unique date-night experience allows each couple to work together in one of our studios and because it takes teamwork to…

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Make-It-Now Fused Eggs

Make-it-Now

Newbie, Beginner

The Easter Bunny will be surprised to see a beautiful handmade glass egg in your basket this year. 

Make-It-Now workshops are an opportunity for anyone ages 5 and above to try glass making…

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Mixed and Mashed Up for Middle Schoolers

High School

Newbie, Beginner

SiO2 Mixed and Mashed Up is a hands-on, after-school program specifically for students in grades 6–8. Classes meet after school once a week for 12 weeks. Spend four weeks in three…

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MOLTN

High School

Newbie, Beginner

Can’t decide which studio is right for you? Spend a day at PGC working with all things hot! At high temperatures, glass can be manipulated in many ways. You’ll learn three…

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New! Drawing with Molten Glass

Workshops

Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate

Let’s get hot in the kiln shop and learn how to pull stringers and fluid lines from a kiln mounted to the ceiling. It’s safer than it sounds and so much fun. After you have…

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New! Drop Outs

Multi-Week Classes

Intermediate

Explore gravity's influence on kilnformed glass. Put your introductory fusing knowledge to use and create a variety of dropout vessels and dishes. A dropout vessel is movement frozen in…

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