Testimonials

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The Glass Onion: Layers of Imagery and Text for Kiln Formed Glass

Instructor: Kari Minnick

Students:

  • Suzanne Chudnoff, AZ – “This was a fabulous class. Kari is a great instructor to work with. I don’t know how it could have gotten any better. Oatka did a fabulous job of making us feel welcome the living accommodations were great. It was so much fun to have the whole class living under one roof. That really makes a huge difference.”
  • Linda Gilpin, TX – “Kari is a fabulous instructor and I would love to take an advanced version of this class.”
  • Cindi Shaffer, AZ – “A wonderful studio setup, great demos and fantastic place to stay.”
  • Linda Cardell, MA – “This class is in my top 3 classes of all time (and I have taken dozens)! Kari has the perfect temperment for teaching, and is extremely gracious.”
  • Penny Faich – “Amanda & Lance made is so easy for me to be here. The house is perfect.”

Component Sculpture: Kiln-Casting and Assemblage Techniques

Instructor: Anna Boothe

Students:

  • Brett Pierce, NY – “Most excellent instructor, very professional and informative. As far as any suggestions for Oatka School of Glass – Why mess with perfection.”
  • Katherine Southam, ON, Canada – “This workshop was well organized, very informative, and fun.”
  • Carol Nickol, NY – “Well organized, and received more information than I expected. The facility is excellent.”
  • Carol Teschke, CT – “Wonderful class. I learned a lot and had a great time!”

Extreme Controlled Imagery & Depth in Landscapes

Instructor: Miriam Di Fiore

Students:

  • Lisa Norvell, CO – “Great class..I enjoyed it very much. Thanks so much for your hospitality, it was very much appreciated. Great lunches.”
  • Eleanor Brownridge, Ontario – “Thanks again for all your hospitality … both for the classes and for the Bed and Breakfast. Lance and Amanda work so hard behind the scenes so it makes it so easy for us.”
  • Jerre Davidson, Ontario – “Excellent facility and fabulous food. Just keep doing what you are doing. Great experience.”
  • Margery Pearl Gurnett, NY – “I simply enjoyed everthing about the class….Move your school to Rochester…just kidding.”
  • Robin Herndon, TX – “Loved the facility, had everything we needed. Liked the meals on-site. Perhaps class should have started at 9am….due to long days.”

Basics Landscapes in Fused Glass

Instructor: Miriam Di Fiore

Students:

  • Karen Cummings, Quebec – “Wonderful class. Instructor went beyond technical instruction with wonderful insight and analogies. She gave insightful advice for personal development.”
  • Deborah Libby, NH – “Enjoyed the class. Thank you and Lance for your hospitality during the two week’s of classes with Miriam.”
  • Karen Kuff-Demicco, NY – “Enjoyed the class. More info up front about what to bring would be helpful. Wonderful meals, thank you.”
  • Barbara Bernstein, NY – “Miriam was wonderful. She taught us how to see, to paint, as well as the course material. Spaces were a little awkward with all the materials needed for each student. The food, the ambiance and the owners are great.”
  • Cindy Gronwall, NY – “Let me know when she comes back for another advanced class!! I’m reserving my spot now!! Great class…long days.”
  • Victoia Hoffman, Quebec – “Enjoyed the class…long days. Couldn’t see demonstrations well.”
  • Katy Hanson, OR – “Long days….got what I needed from the class. The beautiful house in LeRoy as lovely and an outstanding place to stay.”
  • Ron Sosinkalo, Winnipeg, Manitoba – “Long days….but great class.”
  • Janett Peace, CA – “Food was awesome. Thanks so much the special dietary accomodations. Wonderful class.”


2D/3D: From Page to Pedestal – Pate de Verre Vessels

Instructor: Deborah Horrell

Students:

  • Maddie Ruggiero – “Wish it was longer because I had a great time.”
  • Karen Donnellan, Ireland – “Food was amazing. Deborah is superb and Amanda was so helpful and made us all feel very much at home. A little more space would have been ideal.”
  • Jennifer Halvorson, NY – “I really enjoyed the class and hope to continue the processes we were taught. Everything went very well.”
  • Chelsea Foehr, NY – “Class was amazing and would love to take another class with Deborah when she returns to Oatka.”
  • Eileen Miles Biggs, TX – “Fantastic class, great instructor, great facility.”
  • Urve Manuel, Newfoundland – “Lots of information, great energy, consideration of all needs/information requirements during class, and excellent environment.”


Painting with Light: Creating Imagery and Landscapes in Fused Glass

Instructor: Amanda Taylor

Students:

  • Cindy Gronwall, NY – “I had lots of fun and loved all the sample tiles that we created over the 2 days. I can’t wait to go home and start using all the great techniques we learned.”
  • Pam Sweeney, NH- Loved it, loved it, loved it. More techniques to add to my palette of knowledge. I love coming to O-AT-KA since Lance is so helpful, patient and knowledgeable.”
  • Ellen Marshall, CT – “The Painting With Light class that I took last week was wonderful. It was comprehensive, well organized, and lots of one-on-one attention. I learned a lot!! Just needed to use the hot tub to relax in after the class. Now I just have to try to do it on my own.
  • Michael Davern, NY – “Enjoyed class very much and will return. Good food.”
  • Laurel Davern, NY – “Organized, detailed, attention and specific projects helped to understand techniques. Best teacher ever. Good food…good fun.”
  • Karen Hitchcock, NY – “Enjoyed the class very much. I learned alot. Food was great!”


Advanced Bowl Techniques – Gone Pattern Bar Crazy

Instructor: Lance Taylor

Students:

  • Anita Serafin, NY, USA- “Loved every minute.”
  • Carol Hunte, NJ, USA- “I would love to spend a semester focused on some technical aspects of glass design and fusing at Oatka. Loved the class…”
  • Cindy Gronwall, NY, USA- “Lots of fun and many elements to take home and use. Great continued exposure to coldworking. Very happy with the class and the resulting pieces created in class.”


Metal Enameling Introduction and Potpourri

Instructor: Katharine Wood

Students:

  • Antoinette and Dan McClure, NY, USA- “Thank you for getting a top-notch instructor to teach this workshop. Brief handouts of techniques would have been good since there was alot of material covered.”
  • Katie Kohlhagen, NY, USA- “This class was a very helpful review. New techniques and tips were also given and will be used. The environment was very comfortable.”
  • Nancy Palmer Miess, NY, USA- “I enjoyed the class and environment. Lunches were a treat! Videos were great! Lots of information was given for a newcomer to enameling. I think 1 or 2 techniques for projects would have been adequate for a beginner but I am glad I got done what I did. I enjoyed Katharine’s company and Amanda & Lance are very hospitable!”

Beginner Fused Glass

Instructor: Lance Taylor

Students:

  • Susan Buckler, NY, USA- “No complaints! Class is excellent – full of information, clear explanations, well organized and structured. Fast paced, but not too fast. Lance’s sense of humor is appreciated. Lunch was excellent. I was so impressed with the organization and cleanliness of all the rooms in the studio. Thank you for an excellent experience.”
  • Jeff Reith, NY, USA- “A lot of stuff for 4 days but very good. Great class and lots of great pointers.”
  • Albert Broccolo, NY, USA- “I will be taking more classes. Very good information.”
  • Laurie Broccolo, NY, USA- “That intensive beginners class was way more than I expected and amazing. Lance and Amanda Taylor are fantastic dedicated instructors, great food (with flexibility to diet restrictions), and great hosts.”
  • Kevin Conklin, NY, USA- “Classes were well layed out and excellent. Went over the time alloted some nights.”
  • Anita Serafin, NY, USA- “Love the studio!.”
  • Carol Riley-Hunte, USA- “The class exceeded my expectations for a beginners course.”
  • Victoria Hoffman, Quebec, Canada – “Excellent course, much more than expected. Amanda’s input was very much appreciated and priceless. Extra time alloted at the end of each day was appreciated. I liked Lance’s attention to detail. I enjoyed how “down to earth” Amanda and Lance are and how that comes through in the teaching but yet maintains professionalism.
  • Karen Cummings, Quebec, Canada – “Loved it! Learned more that I expected. Easy, flowing atmosphere – love it. Especially loved the lunches!
  • Carol Goldsmith, NY, USA – “This was a great class. I am still a bit overwhelmed but I feel so much more knowledgeable. I know there is so much to learn. Having “beautiful” projects to take home that represents what we learned is outstanding. Tile board is great.”
  • Joe Dispenza, NY, USA – “Great class!!!!! Well worth it!”
  • Gregory Marzec, NY, USA – “Exceeded my expectations.”

Class: Think It, Make It, Sell It

Instructor: Lance Taylor

Students:

  • Patti Hegland, MD, USA – “Lance is very skilled and personalble. He gave valuable selling and real-life tips that will be helpful.”
  • Keith Allen, NY, USA – “Good information. Nice small class and was able to ask good questions.”
  • Lois Allen, NY, USA – “I would recommend this class to others and received more information than expected.”
  • Ginger Schaefer, USA – “I very much enjoyed the course. You gave me good food for thought regarding my glass business. Mostly, don’t be afraid to ask for the business, in a respectful manner, to follow up, and that selling is part of the creative process also. I really liked your button example from the concept, to the packaging, to the presentation sales kit. Good job…I thought is was and excellent example. I was a marketing rep for GTE/Verizon (small to major accounts) for a number of years. I enjoyed your relaxed, relationship based selling/teaching style.”
  • Duane Boom, MN,USA – “The class was very good. I think the techniques taught will work to develop a strong contact base.”

Class: Color Theory – Fear No Color

Instructor: Richard Parrish

Students:

  • Duane Boom, MN, USA – “Very good class & instructor. It got me to look at different color and combinations to develop my art work in a different direction.”
  • Cindy Gronwall, NY, USA – “Would have liked more on the chemistry of glass color. The class was much more “traditional” color theory than I expected. OATKA does a great job. Keep the classes coming.”
  • Penny Faich, RI, USA – “I think I would do better learning a new technique. Richard was great, and it was a gift to learn what he taught us. Because I sell what I do, I think I need more information on creating a new product. The school is wonderful. There is nothing more I could ask for in a learning situation.”
  • Linda Cardell, MA, USA – “Great experience. I have nothing to add – you have thought of everything to make one happy.”

Class: Advanced Fritography & Kiln Casting

Instructor: Michael Dupille

StudentS:

  • Urve Manuel, Newfoundland, Canada – “Glass classes at OATKA are definitely worth the trip to Batavia. Not only was instructor Michael Dupille extremely well-informed, experienced and knowledgeable, his patience, encouragement, and attention to detail were in abundance and much appreciated. Lance and Amanda Taylor, who hosted the course at OATKA, are super helpful, welcoming, and professional. Who else would pick me up AND drop me off at the airport, help re-pack my bags, set up a trumpet lesson (chauffering me to and from said lesson), take us all out to the Lilac Festival in Rochester, cook up fantastic gourmet meals during the classes, provide great snacks and coffee each morning, not to mention be willing to share their knowledge and expertise with us, as well as letting me use almost every tool know to glass in their spacious and very cool studio!!! What a great learning experience!!!! I CAN’T WAIT TO RETURN!!!”

Class: Kiln Casting & Mold Making

Instructor: Linda Either

Student:

  • Carol Teschke, CT – “I loved this class and learnt so much about the 3 different methods of kiln casting. Can’t wait to take more casting classes at Oatka.”

Class: WINDOWS INTO THE VESSEL: Inclusions, Disruptions, Surface Manipulations

Instructor: Marty Kremer

Student:

  • Ewa Dahlstrom, Sweden – “Thanks for the great week. I really enjoyed the class and I thought Marty was a great teacher. I guess he will have more classes in Batavia in the future. I would give alot to have your cold working facilities.
  • Eileen Biggs, TX, USA – “It was everything I expected from the class and more. Great facility.
  • Patti Hegland, MD, USA – “Excellent course and loved being able to stay later each day to finish work. It was a positive experience. We could have used a wider selection of sheet glass colors.
  • Dave Hegland, MD, USA – “Great class with lots of tips and real life experience. Slide show of work to discuss techniques and methods were excellent. Lots of invaluable hands on experience.
  • Lynn Griffis, KY, USA – “Excellent facility and excellent instructor. Would love more handouts and reference materials to take home from Marty. Thanks for a great week. Amazing food, generous with knowledge.

Class: Texture…Texture: Creative Ways to Texture Fused Glass

Instructor: Amanda Taylor

Student:

  • Vicki Bundschu, NJ – “Great class, lots of fun. I would definitely come back. The best class I’ve taken.”

Class: The Basics of Plate Making

Instructor: Lance Taylor

Students:

  • Sabrina DiSalvo (14 years old), NY – “Lance taught me in a way that I totally understood what was being taught. It was fun and I would definitely recommend this class to my friends. I am planning on taking my plate and bowl to school to show everyone. I can’t wait to take the Painting with Light class next. Kathy Donahue, Batavia – I was very impressed with the class and Lance’s knowledge and presentation of the material. I am looking forward to coming back.”
  • Kathy Donahue, NY – “I was very impressed with the class and Lance’s knowledge and presentation of the material. I am looking forward to coming back.”
  • Michael DiSalvo, NY – “We loved Lance’s love of his craft and his enthusiasm is infectious. I am very happy with what we produced in class.”