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 classes and workshops, and continuing to be passionate about glass. We’re open and excited to see you. The the health and safety of our visitors and employees are still our most important priority. 

We are currently open to the public for you to:

  • Take a hands-on workshop (pre-registration only)
  • Watch artists at work and live glassblowing demonstrations
  • 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 HOURS:

Tuesday - Friday: 12pm–7pm
Saturday 10am–7pm
Sunday 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 REQUIRED 

Masks will be required at Pittsburgh Glass Center for all visitors in all indoor public spaces. All participants must wear a mask properly covering their mouth and nose throughout the duration of their stay in the building. For activities in the hot shop or flame shop, please ensure that your mask is made from natural fibers (cotton, linen) for safety reasons.

Open Studios 

Our studios are open. 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 glass exhibition.   

More Classes 

We are adding more classes and new workshops. All individuals are welcome to participate in classes. Pod classes will still be available to schedule privately, no problem. 

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.
  • Disposable masks are available for visitors who would like one.
  • Beginning September 22, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test will be required for participation in our pre-registered classes and workshops. More information about proof of vaccination can be found on our Class Policies page.

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.