Pittsburgh Glass Center

Veterans Use Glass Art To Connect With Kids

Aug 11, 2016
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U.S. Military members develop many skills while serving, but those skills don’t always translate easily into civilian life.

Leadership Pittsburgh’s Community Leadership Course for Veterans tries to use those skills to benefit organizations in and around the Steel City.

“They’re trying to bridge veterans to the community to use their resources and also reintroduce veterans who were in the service for a number of years back to the Pittsburgh region,” said Chris Kowalczyk, a U.S. Army veteran.

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Walking down Penn Avenue in Garfield, people likely don’t see Jason Forck through the window two stories up as he balances a near-molten glass tumbler at the end of a steel rod.

It’s Friday the 13th, oh no!

Josh from WESA and Rachel from Yelp Pittsburgh are here to help you get through the weekend without bringing yourself seven years bad luck. So remember, don’t walk under that ladder, don’t open your umbrella indoors, and for the love of all that is good in the world, DON’T BREAK ANY GLASS!

Speaking of glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center will be at the Carnegie Science Center’s 21+ Night, this Friday. Explore the science of melting glass with artists from the Pittsburgh Glass Center and make your own colorful fused-glass tile as well! Enjoy music, snacks, and a cash bar!

The Pittsburgh Biennial has begun at the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) with a local artist showcasing his two-and three-dimensional works, and the Pittsburgh Glass Center is about to join in on the Biennial with a wide array of glass ideas.

The Pittsburgh Biennial is held roughly every other year, 2011 was the last one, and gives local Pittsburgh artists a chance to be featured by the galleries around the city.

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The identity of Pittsburgh is synonymous with the steel industry. The city’s largest skyscraper is the U.S. Steel Tower. Its football team is the Steelers, and to the nation, it's the Steel City.

But what about the city’s other industries? Before the rise of steel businesses in the region, western Pennsylvania was the center of glass sales in the United States.