For over ten years, the Pittsburgh Glass Center has been at the forefront of Pittsburgh’s emergence into the art scene. Founded by fellow artists, Kathleen Mulcahy and Ron Desmett, the state-of-the-art glass making studio is dedicated to preserving traditional glass art while fostering the creativity and innovation for artists to explore contemporary glass art works.
“When the arts thrive, the area and the region thrive. Art tells others who we really are, how we feel and what we think of ourselves. By allowing ourselves to be fully immersed in the joy of this experience our ideas awaken from sleep and define who we are again and what we want to communicate.” – Kathleen Mulcahy
Mulcahy and Desmett were inspired to create the Pittsburgh Glass Center from the revitalization they witnessed in New York City and northern New Jersey from similar projects. They brought the idea to Pittsburgh and now the Pittsburgh Glass Center is a leader in glass art, attracting artists and visitors from around the world.
We received an awesome demonstration by the expert glass artists at the center. They made it look easy as they turned molten glass into a work of art. We felt the heat from the ovens blazing down on us as we learned trade lingo such as “glory hole” and a “jack line.” I’m sure there were more terms they shared with us, but those were the ones I remembered since we giggled like middle schoolers.
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Pittsburgh Glass Center offers classes to anyone from beginners to advanced artists. Choose from a two-hour introductory workshop, two-day weekend classes or an eight-week course. Anyone is welcome to stop by and check out the artists work their magic or walk through the gallery. They also offer glass blowing demonstrations and tours all the time, so make sure you check out their website at www.PittsburghGlassCenter.org.
Hours of Operation
Tuesday – Thursday: 10am – 7pm
Friday – Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Photography by: Twelve14 Studios and Adam Bautz.