Currently, OATKA School of Glass and Glass Studio is housed on the 2nd Floor of an historic 19th Century warehouse located in Batavia , New York (40 minutes from Buffalo and Rochester, NY). Oatka opened it’s doors in November 2007 specializing in entry level to advanced kilnformed (fused) glass classes. Since 2007, Oatka has been and is one of top teaching facilities in the USA and continues to expand in it’s unique workshop offerings. In 2008 they opened up one of the first Bullseye Glass Resource Stores in the Northwest New York and continues to stock a full range of Bullseye Glass products and glass working tools and equipment. The studio operates on a year round basis.
As of 2018, there is a new direction in the works for Oatka School of Glass. Oatka Glass Studio will be relocating to Burnsville, NC by the end of 2018. We will continue to teach workshops, produce and sell our glass work (wall & window panels, sinks, counter tops, tables, sculptural glass art, metal & glass lighting, and our wholesale line of glass products).
We will be hosting a huge sale at our current location in Batavia, NY in the fall of 2018. Please feel free to contact us about classes, glass products, or just to ask questions.
Looking for a place to stay while taking a workshop at Oatka? We are planning on building out a 2 bedroom 2nd floor suite in our studio in North Carolina. This will have a full kitchen, bathroom, and living space for our students to rent during their stay while taking workshops. We will keep you updated on the progress.
There are several places to stay in Burnsville, North Carolina, which is a 2o minute drive from our studio. Please also check for any Airbnb accommodations in the area. We will be supplying a complete list once we start offering workshops.
At OATKA School of Glass, we strive to create a learning facility where both Instructor and Student have unlimited opportunities to explore, develop, and create realize their visions. without being hindered by lack of equipment or materials. Every year we have introduced workshops in a variety of mediums (ceramics, metalsmithing, fiber arts, watercolor, enameling).
The OATKA School of Glass provides workshops and fully equipped studios and work stations for almost every kind of glass exploration: Kiln Casting, Pate de Verre, Lamp Working, Fusing, Glass Mosaics, Glass Imagery, Metal Enameling, Large Vessel Forming (including Glass Vessel Sinks), and custom Architectural Projects.
Where Is Batavia?
Batavia, NY is located directly between Buffalo, NY and Rochester, NY. About 40 mins away from each. For the Canadians thinking of coming across the border for a workshop (or more), OATKA School of Glass is only 2.5 hours from Toronto, Ontario and 2 hours from Hamilton, Ontario.
- The Corning Museum of Glass
- Niagara Falls, NY
- Kodak and the George Eastman Museum
- The Finger Lakes and Wine Country of Western New York
- Jello Gallery, LeRoy, New York (the Hometown of Jell-o)
- The Genesee Country Village & Museum (the 3rd largest collection of Historic Buildings in the US)
- Chautauqua Institute in nearby Chautauqua, New York
- Letchwork State Park
- Darien Lake
- Things to do around Buffalo, NY
- Things to do around Rochester, NY
- Things to do in Western New York
If you have never visited any of these locations then consider adding a few extra days to your stay with us here in Western New York. There are many other attractions in the Great Lakes Area of Western New York as well.