summer @ pgc 2022

One-week Intensive Classes

The top glass artists from all over the world come to PGC to teach and share their knowledge and experience with students of all abilities from newbie to ace. Our one-week intensive classes are the best way to perfect your technique. You get one-on-one time with world-class instructors and over 12 hours a day in our state-of-the-art studios to practice what you’ve learned. 

Browse all upcoming 1-week intensive classes

HOT SHOP  |  FLAME SHOP  |  KILN SHOP  |  COLD SHOP  |  POLICIES/LOGISTICS  |  SCHOLARSHIPS (APPLY BY MARCH 15)

 

HOT SHOP

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May 16–May 20    Jaime Guerrero Hot Shop Open Projects    All Skill Levels

May 23–May 27    DH McNabb & Janusz Pozniak Refinement: Improvement by Introducing Subtleties or Distinctions    Advanced

May 30–June 3    Aya Oki Emphasis And Accent    All Skill Levels

June 6–June 10    Raven Skyriver Animalism    Advanced

June 13–June 17    Robert Lewis + Dave Walters WHITE    Intermediate

June 20–June 24    Julia Rogers + Robin Rogers Adventures In Glass Sculpting    Advanced

June 27–July 1    Ryan Thompson Embracing Failure: Intro To Goblet Making    Advanced

July 4–July 8    James Akers Borderline: Neon & Plasma    Intermediate

July 18–July 22    Ethan Stern + Amanda Stern From The Furnace To The Lathe    Intermediate

July 25–July 29    Jason McDonald But Is It Efficient?    Intermediate

Aug 1–Aug 5    Jarrod Futscher Right Place, Right Time    Beginner

Aug 8–Aug 12    Sally Prasch + George Kennard From Flame To Furnace    All Skill Levels

Jaime Guerrero summer intensive at Pittsburgh Glass Center

Jason McDonald summer intensive at Pittsburgh Glass Center

Flame Shop

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May 16–May 20    deb crowleyAquatics #3: Hawaiian Reef    Intermediate

May 23–May 27    Suellen Fowler —  CANCELLED

May 30–June 3    Eunsuh ChoiGlass Dimensional Construction    Intermediate

June 6–June 10    Chris AhaltSculpting the Imagination    Intermediate

June 13–June 17    Amy LemaireImprovising With Texture And Form    Intermediate

June 20–June 24    Margaret Zinser HuntSculpting and Painting Nature with Glass and Enamel    Intermediate

June 27–July 1    Hethre LariveeFlow With It!    All Skill Levels

July 4–July 8    Jeri WarhaftigInnovative Borosilicate Glass Chain    All Skill Levels

July 18–July 22    Jodie McDougallSpoon Full Of Sugar Skull Murrine    Intermediate

July 25–July 29    Kimberly ThomasThe Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction    All Skill Levels

Aug 1–Aug 5    Madeline Rile SmithFlameworking Fever    All Skill Levels

Aug 8–Aug 12    Sally Prasch + George KennardFrom Flame To Furnace    All Skill Levels

Sally Prasch and George Kennard

Chris Ahalt flameworking

Eunsuh Choi flameworking intensive

Teen Glass Art Summer Camp at Pittsburgh Glass Center

 

SiO2 teen boot camp • July 11–15 • $400

Teens in grades 6–12 take over Pittsburgh Glass Center in this intensive class! This one-week summer day camp introduces the science and art of glass to teens. It gives students the rare hands-on experience of learning the many facets of glass in one of the top facilities in the country. Sessions will include glassblowing, flameworking, kilnforming, and coldworking. During the lunch hour all students will come together for discussion with the instructors and fellow students. Scholarships available; apply by June 1. Learn more and register.
 

Kiln Shop

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May 16–May 20    Mary Driver — Getting The Light Right: Achieving Photo-Realism In Mosaics    Intermediate

May 23–May 27    Morgan Gilbreath — Experimental Kilnforming with Recycled Glass    All Skill Levels

May 30–June 3    Anthony Amoako-Attah — Making Your Fabric    Intermediate

June 6–June 10    Susan Taylor Glasgow — Sewing Glass    Intermediate

June 13–June 17    Steven Durow — Sculptural Glass Casting    All Skill Levels

June 20–June 24    Joseph Cavalieri — Imagine, Construct, and Display    Intermediate

June 27–July 1    Morgan Madison — Adventures in Kilnforming    All Skill Levels

July 18–July 22    Ed Kirshner — Plasma Sculpture Using Glass Solder    Intermediate

July 25–July 29    Claire Hall — Landscapes And Seascapes: A Masterclass    Intermediate

Aug 1–Aug 5    Austin Norvell — Let’s See How Complicated We Can Make This!    All Skill Levels

Aug 8–Aug 12    Nathan Sandberg — Vitrigraph Murrine + Dropout Vessels    Intermediate

Nathan Sandberg kiln shop intensive

Susan Taylor Glasgow kiln shop intensive

Cold Shop

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May 16–May 20    Rye The Joy Of Carving: A Spiritual Journey    All Skill Levels

May 23–May 27    Matteo Seguso CANCELED

May 30–June 3    Pavel Novak Cold Construction And Lamination    All Skill Levels

July 4–July 8    Vanessa Cutler Technology Doesn’t BITE    Intermediate

July 18–July 22    Ethan Stern + Amanda Stern From The Furnace To The Lathe    Intermediate

Pavel Novak cold shop intensive

Ethan Stern cold shop intensive

Intensive Logistics

All summer intensives cost $800 if paid before February 1. This early registration discount cannot be combined with any other discount. Fees increase to $850 on February 1 and $900 on April 15. Membership discounts are not valid for intensive courses. 

Any student wishing to register for a full class will be placed on a waiting list. Waiting lists are kept in order by the date that registrations are received. 

Week-Long Intensive Classes 
If a student cancellation request is received: 

30 or more days prior to class start date:
Student may drop the class and receive a refund, less a $250 cancellation fee. Student has the option to transfer into a new activity, if space is available, with no cancellation fee applied. 


Up to 1 week prior to class start date:
No refund available, but student may transfer into a new activity if space is available, less a $250 cancellation/transfer fee per registrant. 


Less than 1 week prior to class start date:
Due to the resources required for our Intensive classes, we are unable to offer a refund or transfer the student to a new activity on this timeframe. 


** If you have a special circumstance that requires you to cancel your travel plans, please call 412-365-2145 directly. 

There are no exceptions to this cancellation policy. Please note that all classes are subject to minimum and maximum enrollment. If PGC cancels a class, students will be notified (via email) and offered a transfer into another class of the student’s choosing , or a full refund. PGC is not responsible for non-refundable airline tickets or other travel costs. If a student does not show up for their first day of class, or scheduled workshop and does not communicate with PGC prior to their absence, we are unable to offer a refund, or a transfer to a new activity .

All classes start with an orientation at 9am on Monday.

Classes run 9am to 5pm Monday through Thursday, and 9am to 3pm on Friday. PGC studios are open until 10pm Monday through Thursday for students to practice.

Wednesday evenings are set aside for instructor presentations at 6pm.

Following a studio-wide clean up at the end of day on Friday, students may pack their class work until 5:30pm.

On Saturday, students are welcome to use the cold shop 10am to 2pm and to pack their items as late as 4pm.

Please note, class structure may fluctuate depending on instructor. 

PGC recommends a variety of lodging options for students. 

  • AirBnB There are many homes and private rooms available in our neighborhood via AirBnB. Search for nearby neighborhoods including: Garfield, Friendship, East Liberty and Bloomfield.
  • Briarwood Home (2 miles to PGC) Call Julie Ransom for discounted rates at 412-608-4240. 
  • Hotel Indigo East Liberty (0.6 miles to PGC) Call 866-325-2281 and ask for the PGC rate or book online
  • Marriott Springhill Suites Bakery Square (1 mile to PGC) Call the sales department at 412-404-9828 for discounted rates.
  • Hyatt House Bloomfield/Shadyside (1 mile to PGC) Book online.
  • The Maverick by Kasa (1/2 mile to PGC) Book online.
  • Home Stay We have connections with home stay options in the neighborhood for reasonable rates. If you are interested in a list of these accommodations, please EMAIL us.

Learn more about our neighborhood.

Pittsburgh Glass Center provides an optional lunch plan for summer intensive students for $75/week. We also have a refrigerator and microwave available for students to use if they bring their own lunch. Please note: we cannot accommodate vegan diets or severe allergies.

Lunch plan meals include a main, vegetable, fruit, dessert and beverage.

You’ll enjoy family-style meals made with love by Sprezzatura, a local, woman-owned community cafe and catering kitchen. Jen will dazzle your taste buds with local, seasonal offerings to provide you a well balanced and healthy meal made from scratch with ingredients sourced from local farms, organic whenever possible, created in a gold level sustainable kitchen.  Sprezzatura can cater to vegetarian and gluten-free diets as well as avoid any general allergens but cannot accommodate those with a celiac or nut allergies. 

It is preferable for students to pre-register for the lunch plan, but Monday morning registration will also be available.

PRE REGISTER FOR LUNCH NOW

Students are encouraged to bring images of their own work and sketchbooks. Students participating in advanced classes may want to bring specialized tools, equipment, safety equipment, and glass color.

Some instructors include supply lists for their students which will be sent via email a few weeks prior to the start of class. 

Flameworking students who will blow glass should bring a blow hose assembly kit, or one can be purchased from PGC upon arrival.

PGC sells a variety of glass and supplies including:

  • Color bar and frit for the hot shop
  • Moretti, soft glass, and Borosilicate color and clear for the flame shop
  • Bullseye color in sheets, frit, and powder for the kiln shop
  • Other miscellaneous supplies

Email Elean or call 412-365-2145, x. 204  for details.

BEGINNER—A student has basic skills but is not yet comfortable performing tasks without instructor guidance.

INTERMEDIATE—A student should have an understanding of basic skills and can perform those tasks with little or no instruction.

ADVANCED—A student is skilled and practiced, and is able to process conceptual and theoretical ideas but might still need some instructor direction on more complicated processes.

ACE—A student has a mastery of advanced skills and can perform them independently without instruction.

ALL SKILL LEVELS—This class is appropriate, useful and enjoyable to a Beginner, Ace, or any level in between.

We have limited supplies of recycled packing materials for students to pack their work at the end of the week. Consider bringing your own packing materials if possible.

Saturday is a great time to unload your pieces from the kiln, to pack up your pieces, and to drop at a shipping facility if you require shipping. Nearby shipping facilities include:

For an additional fee, PGC can pack and ship your work for you.