There are many exciting glass activities that you can explore from home. Check back often, as we will continue adding new resources to this page regularly.
gathered locally Virtual Resources
Since opening in 2001, more than 50 artists have moved to Pittsburgh to live and make their art at Pittsburgh Glass Center (PGC). They join an existing community of professional and aspiring glass artists that teach and take classes at PGC each year. Together they make up a vibrant community of glass artists in the Pittsburgh region.
Over 70 of these artists have come together to share their art and stories and to celebrate Pittsburgh Glass Center’s 20th anniversary in a new exhibition called “Gathered Locally” on view through January 18, 2022.
LIT Virtual Resources
On view in person at PGC through May 9, 2021, Light in Transmission is a survey of the diverse range of light art within the shared medium of both neon and plasma sculpture. Curated by Percy Echols II, this exhibition features the work of 15 artists. Experience the show virtually and learn more about plasma and neon art and the show's artists with these virtual resources.
The United Virtual Resources
“The United” examines the incredibly complicated topic of immigration in a time when immigration systems are in crisis — affecting many of us closely, as members of diverse communities, as descendants of immigrants, or as immigrants ourselves. Learn more about immigration, the artists and their work with these virtual resources.
NEW! Glass to Go KITS
Enjoy these at-home creative activities using glass to create your own piece of art! Combine brilliantly colored pieces of glass to create a luminous suncatcher or a fun mosaic tile and more!
Everything is included.
discover Glass: activities for kids
Discover Glass is a series of activities created by PGC teaching artist Valerie Herrero, who has developed a socially distant community art program in her own artist practice. Discover Glass explores the science of glass and the process of making and using it. It makes connections between glass art and everyday glass designs one might have in their own house.
silica valley virtual tour + activities
The beauty of technology often goes unnoticed because of its overwhelming presence in our day to day lives. This exhibition currently at PGC features a group of artists that have developed their unique body of works with the aid of modern machines. Although the technology is integral to each of their processes; the human hand is what brings the work to life. Each artist is an expert in their field and is leading the way in developing new and unique techniques in glass. The work showcases the fact that every robot needs a human.
INTERACTIVE BUILDING TOUR
Take a walk around our facility from the comfort of your home with this interactive 360° virtual tour, created by Threshold 360 courtesy of VisitPittsburgh.
This virtual tour includes a look at Jaime Guerrero's recent exhibition, Cuando el Río Suena, which was on view in our Hodge Gallery from October 4, 2019 to January 26, 2020. Read more about the exhibition.
Color with Vetro Vero
The Vetro Vero Coloring Book illuminates an intricate world of illustrations inspired by glass objects and vessels, and features the designs of the award-winning American glass studio, Vetro Vero consisting of Michael Schunke and Josie Gluck. Start coloring today with this free page. If you you love it, support the artists and buy the book.
Mosaic lessons with Sarah Cohen
Mosaic is the perfect activity right now for working from home. It can be done inside like a huge puzzle! Sarah Cohen is offering introductory level mosaic classes, private lessons, and paper mosaics for children under 6. Adults and children are welcome, especially if you want to keep busy and learn something new while staying inside.
Learn all about Plasma and Neon by tuning into the Taming Lightning podcast with Percy Echols II.
Percy Echols II began working in glass in 2011 where he took his first Glassblowing Class at Illinois State University. In 2014 he took his first Plasma Light workshop at Pilchuck Glass School, where he met his long-time friend and mentor Pat Collentine. Percy took home this experience to apply what little he knew of this process to the success of his graduating exhibition. After graduating in 2015 with a BFA, he moved to Pittsburgh in 2016 for a year-long apprenticeship at Pittsburgh Glass Center which quickly became his new home. With the support of PGC, along with his podcast and educational project, Taming Lightning, he is currently researching and developing as space for Neon and Plasma Sculpture as an artistic medium.
At Home Glass Project: Sugar Glass
How to Make Sugar Glass courtesy of Lasso the Moon. Here's a fun project to do at home with the kids.
At Home Glass Project: Stained glass
Stained glass can be a fun at home project. We found some great projects online to share from Pink Stripey Socks, What We Do All Day, Early Learning Ideas and Class Corner. Try them all!
Free Kiln Glass Videos
Bullseye is a great resource for anyone interested in kiln glass. Bullseye videos aim to inspire kiln-glass makers everywhere, helping them build foundation skills, acquire new techniques, and discover new forms and projects. Bullseye Glass Company is a manufacturer of colored glass for art and architecture with worldwide distribution and a strong commitment to research, education, and promoting glass art.
More Kiln Glass Videos + tutorials
AAE Glass is a family owned and operated fused glass art supplier and educator. Its online education center features tutorials for any skill level taught by the best in glass. There are free videos and when you purchase a video you are supporting the artist that produced the video.