Pittsburgh Once Again 'Glass City' With Exhibitions, Conference

It was called the Iron City and then the Steel City, but for a century Pittsburgh and the rest of western Pennsylvania were famed for another material known more for beauty than strength: glass.

The city makes a bid to reclaim its former glory this year with "Pittsburgh Celebrates Glass!" featuring several large glass art exhibits opening in May, the five-day annual conference of the Glass Art Society in June, and a host of other events during the rest of the year.

"When people see glass art, especially at the scale they're going to see it this year, it's life-changing," said Marguerite Jarrett Marks, director of the initiative, in which more than 70 organizations are taking part. "It's just so beautiful and exquisite."

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