VISIT PGC AND TAKE A TOUR
Pittsburgh Glass Center offers unforgettable educational experiences for everyone, regardless of age, background, or group size. One of the world’s foremost glass art facilities, PGC offers tours, field trips and hands-on experiences in its state-of-the-art studios and contemporary glass gallery. Because PGC is such a busy place, filled with resident artists and active students, tours must be arranged in advance and are scheduled based on studio availability. We’re excited to introduce you to our world! Choose from the following options:
Everyone is welcome to visit during our open hours. Take a self-guided tour to see contemporary glass art in the Hodge Gallery and peek into our four studios.
Email or call us at 412-365-2145 to schedule a group experience.
Demonstration + Tours
In this 1-hour option, pre-registered groups receive a narrated glassblowing and/or flameworking demonstration and watch artists create amazing glass art. This is followed by a guided tour of PGC’s contemporary glass art gallery and a brief education on Pittsburgh’s lesser-known but incredibly rich glassmaking history. This option does not include a hands-on experience.
Also a 1-hour option, Private Make-it-Now sessions can include 5 or more people, who each collaborate with an instructor for 15-20 minutes to make one item per person. Sample the glassmaking experience and create a keepsake in the process.
With a group of 5 or more, schedule a 2-hour Make-It-Now + Demonstration + Tour session that offers the opportunity to see artists work together to create glass art before you make your own. Afterwards, tour the PGC facility to learn more about studio glass art and Pittsburgh’s own remarkable glassmaking history.
Private 2-Hour Workshops
With 4 or more people, schedule a 2-hour private workshop. This is a fully hands-on experience, except instructors will gather glass from the furnace. Each person will make two items. Choose from any 2-hour workshop listed on this website.
Bring PGC To You
Pittsburgh Glass Center can bring hot glass demonstrations and hands-on activities to you! This compact traveling glass studio is complete with all the state-of-the-art equipment needed to conduct glassblowing demonstrations.
- Glassblowing Demonstrations
- Flameworking Demonstrations
- Fusing Workshops