A Couple of Jagoffs Walked Into PGC...

We had a great day last Saturday yakkin' with the Jagoffs about everything from science to art and gift giving. Even though they didn't think they had creativity flowing in their back and gold blood, we proved them wrong! 

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Arts Partners Collaborate in New Video to Encourage Public to #MaskUp

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has joined with Pittsburgh Glass Center and 12 other leading arts and culture organizations in Pittsburgh to release a new video that encourages the public to #MaskUp, as a response to government and public health recommendations to wear masks in order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Get Creative with Our New Glass to Go Kits

NEW! Try this at-home creative activity using glass to create your own fused glass suncatcher! Once you design it, we’ll fire it, so that all pieces become one.

We're Open and We Can't Wait to See You!

It's been a long time. We've missed you! As of July 21, we are once again open to the public in a limited capacity and with new hours of operation. Visitors can:

  • Explore Silica Valley in the Hodge Gallery (CLOSING JULY 25)
  • Pick up items made previously in classes
  • Shop for handmade glass gifts

Black Lives Matter

Pittsburgh Glass Center stands with the Black community in demanding justice and change. We will continue to amplify the voices and ideas that will lead us to a more equitable society.

May 11–17 Designated Arts and Culture #All412gether Week in Allegheny County (link)

(via Allegheny County) County Executive Rich Fitzgerald today proclaimed May 11–17 as “Arts & Culture #All412gether Week” in Allegheny County. The proclamation and designation recognize the vibrant arts and culture community and their commitment to our region’s civic life, health and well-being by working together to innovate and provide creative engagement and educational resources for our community, at home.

Mosaics: Glass Art, Piece by Piece

Mosaics as an art form have been around for thousands of years. Making a mosaic is a fun and easy at home activity. All you need are tiny parts like colorful paper, bits of ceramics, or glass; glue; and something to decorate. Anyone of any age or ability can make a mosaic and almost anything can be mosaiced. Recycle something from around the home like a yogurt cup, flower pot, empty wine bottle, pickle jar, piece of wood, or even an old bowling ball.

PGC's Silica Valley Glass Art Exhibition Goes Virtual

Access to our facility is limited due to the COVID-19 health crisis, so we're bringing our latest exhibition, Silica Valley, to you at home! Look inside for virtual tours, interviews, and educational activities that will help you get the best of this exhibition exploring the impact of current technologies on one of art's oldest mediums. 

Experimentation, Risk, and Failure on the Road to Glass Art Innovation

During their residency at PGC in preparation for the Silica Valley exhibition, artists Jenn Figg and Matthew McCormack encountered successes such as figuring out the context of their work, but they also experienced failures with some of their technical experiments. Challenges pop up frequently when artists create new work. On one hand, they frustrated Jenn and Matthew; however, on the other hand, they inspired them and gave them opportunities to solve problems that no one ever had attempted.

“It’s a huge experiment for us. We’re taking extreme risks with the material,” Jenn said. Matthew said, “Failure is important, and it’s an intrinsic part of artistic growth. If we don’t allow ourselves to fail, we won’t experience success.”

A Conversation with Silica Valley Curator John Sharvin

John Sharvin, glass artist and curator of PGC's latest exhibition, Silica Valley, tells us the story behind his first curatorial experience from ideation to installation.

Monmade Exhibition Links Regional Makers to Developer Collaborations

February 7 marks the opening of Monmade’s fourth annual design exhibition, Clearly New, its third held in Pittsburgh Glass Center's Hodge Gallery. Following tradition, the exhibition showcases regionally handmade and manufactured products. In 2020, Clearly New debuts Monmade’s refreshed catalog featuring standardized designs balancing form, function, and sustainability. Glassware products from Broken Plates, Camp Copeland, PGC's Penn + Fairmount, and Salvadore Alane will be exhibited.

Top 10 for 2019: PGC's Year in Review

It's been a wild and wonderful 2019 at Pittsburgh Glass Center! Here's a peek at our 10 most notable moments from the past year. 

Percy Echols II Shares International Plasma Neon Experiences

This past October, Percy Echols II, Pittsburgh Glass Center’s resident plasma and neon expert, traveled to The Glass Factory in Sweden and The Plasma Art Alliance in Boston to meet and share knowledge with other plasma artists from across the globe. All this was made possible by an award from Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh, a joint program of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.

Behind the Scenes of Jaime Guerrero's New Exhibition

Jaime Guerrero’s solo exhibition, Cuando El Río Suena, opens this Friday, October 4, bringing to life the experiences of migrants and refugees and the struggles they face crossing the southern border of the United States. The exhibition will feature over a dozen intricate glass sculptures of children who made this perilous journey, along with environmental installations and audiovisuals to transport the atmosphere of the border into the gallery.

Exciting Intensive Glass Art Courses This Winter & Spring at PGC

Our 5-day intensive glass art courses for Winter and Spring 2020 are now open for registration! Join us January 6–10 or March 9–13 for classes with Dan Friday, Kit Paulson, Amanda Simmons, Paul Messink, Jack Gramann, and Tatyana Boyarinova. 

Craft Beer Party to Benefit Women in the Beer Biz

Pittsburgh Glass Center is "brewing" up an exciting partnership with the Pittsburgh chapter of the Pink Boots Society, an organization that assists, inspires, and encourages women beer professionals. Join us for Hot Glass, Cold Beer, Pink Boots, a special beer release bash and fundraiser at PGC, on Friday, July 26. Proceeds benefit Pink Boots for continued education for their members. 

Benter Foundation Vision Awardee Heather McElwee Travels to England

PGC's executive director Heather McElwee attended an exclusive leadership training program at Hult Business School in Berkhamsted, England thanks to funding from The Benter Foundation through the Benter Vision Awards.

PGC Glass Enthusiasts Tour Glass Landmarks of Seattle

Fourteen passionate and enthusiastic glass lovers from Pittsburgh flew to Seattle for a whirlwind tour of glass. It was truly an unforgettable experience—PGC was able to get access to some of the most celebrated glass-related venues in the city!

A Hot Summer Camp Option for Teens

Looking for and dynamic and unique summer camp option for your teen? Our Teen Boot Camp, part of our SiO2 Youth Glass Art program, introduces young artists in grades 6–12 to the science and art of glass. 

Deadline Approaching for Two Exciting Artist Opportunities

Apply by May 31 to be considered for these two exciting opportunities for glass artists—the Ron Desmett Memorial Award for Imagination with Glass, and a call for artists for a 2020 exhibition in our Hodge Gallery, "The United."

Make-It-Now: Terrariums + Pendants + Garden Stakes

Try glassmaking in 15 minutes or less at our upcoming Make-It-Now event on Sunday, April 27th from 1–5pm. Great fun for the whole family!

Veterans: Learn Glassblowing and More

The Veteran Scholarship Program at Pittsburgh Glass Center grants a limited number of full tuition scholarships to active and retired military personnel for our classes and workshops. Scholarships enable individuals to work in a challenging medium that will stretch them artistically and personally as they learn the fundamental principles of glass art and the creative process. 

Summer Intensive Prices Increase April 15

Our acclaimed Summer Intensive courses for 2019 are filling fast, and prices go up on April 15! Don't miss your chance to save $50 and learn one-on-one from celebrated glass artists from around the globe. 

Affordable Professional Photography for Artists

Pittsburgh Glass Center once again partners with Porter Loves Creative to offer affordable art and professional portrait photography for local artists.