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Third Degree Glass Factory


The same day TechShop announced it was filing for bankruptcy and closing all locations, a St. Louis native decided to step in to save the local makerspace.

Jim McKelvey, the co-founder of Square and Third Degree Glass Factory, as well as the founder of LaunchCode, made a couple of phone calls.

Amoco Painting
John Salozzo

Artist John Salozzo is known for making paintings that resemble real life photographs. Two years into his latest project, “St. Louis Icons,” he has completed 12 realistic board and canvas paintings of different St. Louis icons, including the Goody Goody Diner, Blueberry Hill, Ted Drewes and The Tivoli Theatre. The project is a 10-year effort that will consist of 40 to 50 total images.

An exhibit of “St. Louis Icons” is on display at Third Degree Glass Factory through July 18.

(Provided By: Anne Murphy)

The only public-access glass art education organization in St. Louis is Third Degree Glass Factory.  The organization is celebrating its tenth anniversary this weekend.  Host Steve Potter talks with co-founders Jim McKelvey and Doug Auer.

Related Event

Third Degree Glass Factory 10th Birthday Blowout Bash
Friday, October 19, 2012
6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Third Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar Blvd.

Glass blowing goes public at Third Degree

Dec 19, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 19, 2008 - Blown glass had its infancy in the East near modern day Syria, Palestine and Egypt during the 1st century, B.C. Colored and blown glass became an industry throughout Italy before its techniques and applications expanded further into Europe.

Fortunately for citizens of St. Louis - and perhaps sadly for the art form - we have the only public-access glass education center in a 300-mile radius. The Third Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar Boulevard, was founded in 2002 by Jim McKelvey and Doug Auer.