Snake Oil Glassworks, Inc. is a privately owned hot glass studio that produces handcrafted art glass, using traditional off-hand glassblowing techniques. Our store and gallery, with its observation window, is open to the public Thursday through Sunday every week.
We offer a wide selection of vases, bowls, paperweights, and other pieces both decorative and functional. We may also be engaged for commission work by architects and designers for a variety of custom projects. Browse through our gallery here for a sampling of the pieces we make.
Our studio is located two miles north of the village of Skaneateles in the scenic Finger Lakes region of New York State. We invite you to visit if you are in the area.
Open Thursday and Friday 12pm-6pm Saturday 10am-5pm Sunday 11am-4pm
4251 Jordan Road
Skaneateles, NY 13152
Studio: (315) 685-5091
Snake Oil Glassworks began 10 years ago in the Fall of 1998 when we lit our furnace for the first time in a 350 sq ft space in the basement of a garage in Skaneateles, NY. Back then all of our work was sold either on the road at Art Festivals or through galleries. We would occasionally hold an open house in the garage above.
Today we are enjoying our fourth year in our new studio which was erected in 2004. It houses our Hot Shop, Coldworking Shop, Offices, and has a Retail Store and Gallery where you may see and purchase our glasswork.
Snake Oil Glassworks is the creation of Phil Austin and his wife, Peg. Phil is a Glass Artist and Assistant Professor of Art. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Glass Program at the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology. He describes himself as the head glassblower, equipment builder, maintenance supervisor, and janitor. All the furnaces, ovens, and most of the other pieces of equipment were designed and built by Phil.
Peg is in charge of public relations, managing the store, and show schedule. She’s our financial department and head task master, being one of the few on earth that Phil’s afraid of.
In addition to producing the work that we sell in our store and gallery, we also work on commissions from architects and designers. Phil has also occasionally built equipment for other glass shops.
Besides making and selling glass Snake Oil Glassworks supports local art initiatives such as the Skaneateles Arts Council. We also give demonstrations to educational groups. We are a member of the First Friday events that have just begun in Skaneateles. For this event we will be giving public demonstrations in the evening every First Friday of the month from 6-9 pm. See the news and events page for more information.