Private Hands-On Activities

small group private activities

We currently book small-group private activities for groups of 3-50 participants. No matter if you are celebrating a birthday with friends or bringing a school group, or a girl scout troup for a field trip, we can help you create something beautiful. Participants will receive guided instruction from a local teaching artist to help you create your own glass work of art. Choose from hot glass sculpting, flameworking, fusing and more. 

Private activities can range in length from 1 - 3 hours. 

Deposit and Payment Policy 
A $50 non-refundable/non-transferable deposit is required to make your reservation and final payment for the entire group must be submitted in full two weeks prior to the date of the reservation. 

Refunds less the deposit will be given for cancellations received more than two weeks prior to scheduled reservation.  
 
Cancellations received fewer than two weeks prior to scheduled reservation will not be refunded.  

Vaccines Required 
We require all students (5+) participating in on-site activities to confirm that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or will have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their class time.  

Choose from the following options:

Glass blowing demonstration

in-person Tour + demonstration

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.  Vaccines are not required for this option.

Program Cost: $7-$15/person, 10-25 participants

 

private glassblowing workshop

Private Make-it-Now

Make-It-Now workshops are quick experiences to try glassmaking with the assistance of a local artist. Participants will work with an instructor for 15-20 minutes each to make an item of your choosing. Instructors assist participants in this option more than any other group option, allowing you to just get a taste of glass!  Make-It-Now options include:

  • Blown Glass Ornament $55/per person
  • Blown Glass Pumpkin $55/per person
  • Sculpted Flower $50/per person
  • Sculpted Egg $50/per person
  • Sculpted Paperweight $50/per person
  • Slumped Dish $50/per person
  • Fused Ornament or Suncatcher $40/per person

Each person makes one item and the group can expect to be at PGC for one to two hours. 

Program Cost: $45-$55/person, 6 - 50 participants

With an additional hour, and for an additional $5/person you can add on a demonstration and tour of PGC! Your group will have the chance to see artists work together to create a beautiful work of art before making your own item. Then, you'll take a tour of the facility to learn more about studio glass art and glass art in Pittsburgh. 

 

Private Glassblowing workshop

Private Workshop

Schedule a private introductory workshop for your group! Besides, our Private Lesson option, this is the most hands-on experience we offer. Participants receive guided directions from a glass artist and make two of the same item on their own under artist supervision. You get to do it all, except gathering glass from the furnace.  Any of our regular workshops can be scheduled as a private workshop. SEE ALL WORKSHOPS
 
Each person will make two of the same items and the group can expect to be at PGC for about two hours. 

Program Cost: $110-$125/person, 3 – 12 participants

Glassblowing Activities $120/per person
Including Blown Glass Ornaments, Blown Glass Pumpkins, and Blown Glass Catch-all Bowls

Hot Glass Sculpting Activities $115/per person
Including Glass Flowers and Paperweights in various shapes such as hearts, eggs, and mushrooms

Flameworking Activities $95/per person
Including Beads, Pendants, Bottle Stoppers, and Flamecicles

Fusing Activities $105/per person
Including Charcuterie Boards

With an additional hour, and for an additional $5/person you can add on a demonstration and tour of PGC! Your group will have the chance to see artists work together to create a beautiful work of art before making your own item. Then, you'll take a tour of the facility to learn more about studio glass art and glass art in Pittsburgh.