summer @ pgc 2023

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. 


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Read more about PGC's Hot Shop

May 29–June 2    Quade Fundamentals with a Twist, An Introduction to Glassblowing, Fire and Fun    Beginner

June 5–June 9    Eric DePan Layering Color    Intermediate

June 12–June 16    Percy Echols II and Zachary Layhew Stealing Fire, Taming Lightning   Intermediate

June 19–June 23    Claire Kelly Pull It Together: An Introduction to Cane Working    Intermediate

July 3–July 7    Nate Cotterman Repetition for Efficiency    Intermediate


Nate Cotterman

Flame Shop

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May 29–June 2    Angela McHale + Percy Echols IIUnder Vacuum    Intermediate

June 5–June 9    Lisa DemagallSculptural Objects & Forms    Beginner

June 12–June 16    Bryan RandaNatural Forms    Intermediate

June 19–June 23    Nikolai MorseRoller Shaping 101    Intermediate

July 3–July 7    Matt EskuchePieces and Parts, Fits and Starts    Intermediate

Percy Echols II

Lisa Demagall

Teen Glass Art Summer Camp at Pittsburgh Glass Center

SiO2 teen boot camp • Session 1: June 26–30 / Session 2: July 10–14 

NEW this summer: Two Teen Boot Camp sessions—Attend one or both weeks! Teens in grades 6–12 take over Pittsburgh Glass Center in this intensive class. This one-week summer program 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. $400/session. Scholarships available; apply by June 1. Learn more and register.

Kiln Shop

Read more about PGC's Kiln Shop

May 29–June 2    Jessi Moore — Pâte de Verre—Don't Be Scared!    Beginner

June 5–June 9    Joseph Cavalieri — Form, Fabricate, and Frame    Beginner

June 12–June 16    Susan Taylor Glasgow — How to Apply Imagery on Glass from Stained Glass to Blowing    Beginner

June 19–June 23    Susan Taylor Glasgow — Sewing Glass with Susan    Intermediate

July 3–July 7    Alyssa Oxley — Sneaking Up On Design: Input, Add, Edit    Intermediate

Joseph Cavalieri

Susan Taylor Glasgow

Intensive Logistics

Due to the intensive schedule, structure, and physical requirements of our summer intensive program, these classes are generally not suited for students under the age of 17 years old. Students under the age of 17 who wish to enroll in a class must receive special permission granted by PGC and/or instructors by contacting

Full class payment is required to secure placement in any class. Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis until full. 

Tuition is $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. 

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. 

If a participant cancellation request is received: 

  • 30 or more days prior to the class start date
    Participants may drop the class and receive a refund, less a $250 cancellation fee. Participant has the option to transfer into a new activity, if space is available, with no cancellation fee applied.
  • Up to 1 week prior to the class start date
    No refund is available, but participants may transfer into a new activity if space is available, less a $250 cancellation/transfer fee per registrant.
  • Less than 1 week prior to the class start date
    Due to the resources required for our Intensive classes, we are unable to offer a refund or transfer the participant to new activity in 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, participants will be notified via email and offered a transfer into another class of the participant’s choosing, or a full refund. 

PGC is not responsible for non-refundable airline tickets or other travel costs. If a participant 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. 

Typical Daily Schedule

SUNDAY (Optional)
Arrive early in Pittsburgh and explore the neighborhood. Visit PGC from 10am–4pm

9am  Orientation
10am–5pm  Class (12pm Lunch)
6–10pm Open Studio

9am–5pm  Class (12pm Lunch)
6–10pm Open Studio

9am–5pm  Class (12pm Lunch)
6pm  Instructor Lecture
7–10pm Open Studio

9am–5pm  Class (12pm Lunch)
6–10pm Open Studio

9am–3pm  Class (12pm Lunch)
3–5pm Studio Clean-up

10am–4pm Collect all of your work from the kiln, finish coldworking, pack, and ship

PGC recommends a variety of lodging options for students. 

  • Kasa The Maverick (.5 miles to PGC) Book online
  • 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.
  • Home Stay We have several home stay options in the neighborhood for reasonable rates. We will do our best to help you connect with other students for shared housing if you are interested in splitting the expense of accommodations. For shared housing or home stay, EMAIL or call us 412-365-2145. 

Learn more about our neighborhood.

For summer 2023 intensive classes, students will be responsible for their own lunch. A microwave and refrigerator are available for students to use at PGC. Additionally, Primanti Bros. Restaurant is located across the street and Whole Foods Market is within a 5-minute walk from PGC.

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

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, x204  for details.

BEGINNER—A student has no experience or 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.

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.