ST. LOUIS, MO 63108
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With over 6,000 square feet of open space, Third Degree Glass Factory houses two distinct art galleries. The East Gallery displays the work of local artists who work across a variety of mediums such as photography, painting, fiber, printmaking, and sculpture. Our Hotshop Gallery, adjacent to our Hotshop glassblowing studio, showcases the glass artwork of over 35 different glassblowing, flameworking and fused glass artists, all made in the studios at Third Degree.


The Hotshop Gallery features a frequently rotating display of Third Degree glass artists’ artwork. Our shelves and wall cubbies display a wide array of jewelry, and our pedestals highlight the immense and diverse talent of our renters. From bowls and platters, vases and sculptures, we showcase hundreds of pieces to add to your collection!



Mysterious Faces, Secret Spaces by Sue Rakers

“There are many forgotten places with rich histories and stories to tell. With some research and a little luck we can usually find out some interesting facts. Who was the architect? When was the structure built and for what purpose? Who lived or died there? But sometimes research comes to a dead end. When that happens, we are left with a mystery. We can then decide to fill in the gaps with our own imagination. Not knowing the full story, all we are left with is a face or space to ponder…it is open to our interpretation.

“When I look at these lonely spaces my imagination comes alive with my own ideas about who may have lived or worked there. So many questions! While I find the history fascinating, I also like to let my imagination wander while I am photographing. It puts me more in touch with my surroundings on an emotional level. I realize that there is a lonely, sad quality to my images. The irony is that being in these places makes me appreciate coming out of them into the light of day. It makes me value my limited time here all the more and the wonderful people I share that time with.” ~Sue Rakers

Sue Rakers spent many years as a printer, graphic designer and watercolor artist. She is now exploring the exciting world of photography. Her goal is to find ways to combine her love of print, design, and fine art with her photography to create images that resonate with the viewer. She is fascinated by forgotten, abandoned spaces and the stories they tell. Our cities have unique architectural histories and she is exploring ways to become more involved and use photography to call attention to the plight of decaying neighborhoods and architectural treasures. She enjoys being out taking photos, meeting other artists and photographers, while learning from them and being inspired by them.

Mysterious Faces, Secret Spaces runs through Wednesday, October 18.


While we always recommend visiting our galleries in person to view our ever-changing variety of artwork, you can also shop online!