COVID-19 Update

A happy + healthy visit 

It’s been reenergizing to see all of you making artwork in the studios and at home, taking pod classes, and continuing to be passionate about glass. We’re opening our doors even wider now that some of the restrictions have been lifted; however, the health and safety of our visitors and employees is still our most important priority. 

We are currently open to the public for you to:

  • Take a hands-on workshop
  • Explore our contemporary glass gallery
  • Purchase and pick up Glass-To-Go Kits
  • Shop for handmade glass gifts
  • Pick up items made previously in classes

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 1–7pm
Saturday 10am–4pm

Hands-on glass making class

HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

Lots of Fresh Air 

Due to the nature of the glass making process, our entire building was designed with state-of-the-art ventilation. In the flame shop, individual ventilation hoods hang over each station which draws air up and away from participants. In the hot shop, the entire wall with the reheating chambers and furnaces is a ventilation system so air is drawn to the floor and pulled away from participants. In the kiln studio, each wall has ventilation at table level in addition to an overhead ventilation system that draws air up and away from participants.  

In each room, the full volume of air is recycled multiple times an hour making the studios a place with consistently fresh air being brought in. We work with Tudi Mechanical systems to service all our ventilation systems and the filters are cleaned and changed on a regular maintenance schedule. 

That combined with wide open garage doors makes Pittsburgh Glass Center an airy open place to visit and have some fun. 

Masks UNTil June 28 

Over the past year, we have continued to follow government and public health guidance to keep our staff and visitors safe. We thank you for your continued help and support! 
 
We have reviewed recent guidance from Pennsylvania and are working with many other regional museums and cultural institutions for a consistent, safe approach across our institutions. We are asking visitors to continue to wear their masks while indoors until June 28 or until State mask mandates are lifted. 

Open Studios 

Our studios will be open again starting June 1. Stop by any time to get a peek into our classrooms and workspaces, watch a class and see artists in action while also shopping and exploring our neon exhibition.   

More Classes 

We'll also be adding more classes and new workshops like sandcasting, but with fewer students to make sure everyone feels comfortable as we ease into this new normal. Individuals will be welcome to participate in classes. Pod classes will still be available to schedule privately, no problem. 

Due to the physical demands and hands-on nature of hot glass sculpting and blowing workshops, maintaining six feet of social distance is not possible for our instructors during these classes. Instructors will be equipped with N95 or equivalent level masks to protect themselves and our guests during these interactions. Sanitized gloves and safety glasses will be provided for all students.

Flexibility 

We will continue to be very flexible and offer refunds if you cannot attend your class because you are feeling unwell or if you feel uncomfortable once you get to class. We'll also accept any of your gift certificates that have expired.

What’s coming in September?  

  • Glassblowing will be back   
  • Full roster of classes including 8-week sessions  
  • Expanded hours of operation  
  • Our main fundraiser Art on Fire: Meltdown will be back at PGC on Sept. 17  

What Else We're Doing to Keep You Safe

  • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the building
  • High touch surfaces are cleaned multiple times a day.
  • The entire facility is deep cleaned daily.
  • Plexiglass shield has been installed at the front desk.
  • Disposable masks will be given to visitors who do not have one.
  • The front door will remain locked. Visitors can call or ring the buzzer to enter.

If you have questions, the best way to reach us is by EMAIL.  

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Artsburgh for All Arts INFO

40+ museums and cultural institutions across Southwestern PA have collaborated on safety standards to welcome you back, including Pittsburgh Glass Center! 

The group has partnered with the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council to launch an expanded version of Artsburgh.org, the Arts Council's major events website to promote arts and culture in the area. Artsburgh will now host direct links to organizations' digital programming and information regarding an organization’s re-opening procedures. Check out information from PGC, as well as numerous other organizations across the region! 

 

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Resources for artists

An important part of our mission is to support artists. Following are a few organizations that have information and resources that may help you navigate this challenging time.

Bridgeway Capital

Glass Art Society

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

 

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virtual learning

There are many exciting glass activities that you can explore from home.