Pittsburgh Glass Center (PGC) is internationally recognized as one of the United States’ premier glass facilities. Learn the specifics about our four studios, the equipment and space available in each, and procedures for rental and open studio participation.
Welcome Back to the Studio
We are happy to be working in the studio again. This was the longest time some of us have ever been away from glassmaking. We’re excited to get back to work.
To keep everyone safe, we’ve implemented new studio rental hours and a variety of new procedures. Please review the guidelines before you arrive to ensure a smooth and successful visit.
NEW! Studio Rental Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Friday 10am - 7pm; Wednesday and Thursday 10am-1pm
Since we are limiting capacity in all studios, it is more important than ever that you EMAIL US ahead of time to reserve studio space.
New Cancellation Policy
If you have been experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home! We look forward to welcoming you at a later date. There will be no cancellation fees at this time.
Specific studio guidelines are included below in each studio.
The 2,560-square-foot space accommodates both large and small teams. Two 1,000-pound-capacity, state-of-the-art Wet Dog furnaces run 24/7 at a temperature of 2,100˚F to continually provide quality clear molten glass. There are eight workstations.
To learn more check out the Hot Shop.
PGC’s 950-square-foot kiln shop has flexible space for kiln forming, with state-of-the-art ventilation, an individual mold making room, and convertible clam shell annealers. We are often joined by world-renowned kiln artists, including Susan Taylor Glasgow, Kari Minnick, and Helen Stokes.
To learn more, check out the Kiln shop.
PGC’s air-conditioned flame shop is 900 square feet and equipped with 12 workstations, each fully equipped with Nortel Major/Minor torches, a benchtop annealing kiln, a ventilation hood, and a full complement of glassworking tools.
To learn more check out the Flame shop.
There is no project that is too ambitious for our Czech lathes and the arsenal of sintered diamond wheels available. PGC has been fortunate to host world-class cold working instructors, like František Janák, Jiyong Lee, and Kathy Elliott.
To learn more check out the Cold shop.
hot wheels - mobile glass studio
Hot Wheels, Pittsburgh Glass Center’s new traveling glass studio, brings furnace-fired fun and glassblowing demonstrations to everyone! Artists pop-up almost anywhere to twist and twirl the molten magma making fiery works of art.
To learn more check out Hot Wheels.