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Mt. Pleasant Glass Museum to welcome Pittsburgh Glass Center artists

| Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Officials of the Pittsburgh Glass Center will visit the Mt. Pleasant Glass Museum at 11 a.m. Saturday to conduct a demonstration on the making of marbles and other items pictured.

Artists from the Pittsburgh Glass Center on Saturday will conduct a flame working demonstration involving the creation of various glass products at the Mt. Pleasant Glass Museum.

“Have you ever wondered how marbles are made? Or how about those wonderful beads on the charm bracelets that are so popular today?” said Cassandra Vivian, the museum's executive director.

“Well, come to the museum and find out as our friends from the Pittsburgh Glass Center visit and demonstrate how it is all done,” she said.

Located on Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh, the center is a school, gallery and state-of-the-art glass studio dedicated to teaching, creating and promoting contemporary glass art, according to the center's website,

An experienced glass artist from the center will be at the museum starting at 11 a.m. to make beads, marbles and small glass sculptures for those in attendance through use of a tabletop torch.

“It's very enjoyable, and it's a great way to exhibit glass art in the community,” said Ashley McFarland, the center's outreach coordinator.

World-renowned glass artists often visit to the studio to complete various projects, Vivian said.

People interested in learning more about glass can visit the center to take a class, explore the contemporary glass gallery or watch live, hot glass demonstrations, the site states.

Center officials also give visitors hands-on experience on how to create various items from glass, including marbles, fused tiles and paperweights through use of the torch, furnace or kiln there, she said.

“It's known to be one of the best facilities in the United States, and the center offers opportunities for everyone to enjoy glass,” Vivian said.

Anne Madarasz, a member of the glass museum's board of directors and museum division director and director of the Western PA Sports Museum at the Heinz History Center, sees the center's involvement with the museum as another step forward for the organization, she said.

“I think it's a great opportunity to see glass being made, and to learn about the process,” Madarasz said. “It's so integral to people understanding both the process and the material of glass, and the work that's been done in Mt. Pleasant over the past 100 years.”

On June 14, officials from the Pittsburgh Glass Center will return to the museum to conduct a hands-on, fusion workshop when attendees will fuse colorful glass onto framed glass to make sun catchers, Vivian said.

“This is where you get a plain sheet of glass, make a design or a face, and they will take it back to the center and fire it in their ovens and bring them back for those who make them,” Vivian said.

The cost of admission to Saturday's event at the museum is $7. No experience is required and all materials are provided.

The museum is located at 402 E. Main St., Suite 600, in Mt. Pleasant Township.

Space is limited. Reservations are required.

For more information, call the museum from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 724-547-5929 or call Vivian at 724-542-4949 in the afternoon or evening.

A.J. Panian is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-547-5722 or