How to Become a Glass Artist - Third Degree Glass Factory
ST. LOUIS, MO 63108
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How to Become a Glass Artist

Glass is amazing! Always dynamic and changing, glass can be fluid, sot, cold, hard, opaque, transparent and more. Working with glass is like a dance — sometimes solo, sometimes with a team. Glass is captivating, fun and addictive–whether creating your own piece or watching someone else make theirs.

Many of the artists at Third Degree Glass Factory have been producing original glass artwork for over a decade, and continue to learn something new every time they work with the material. With over 40 artists creating work in our three studios, it is not difficult to see the infinite number of techniques used to create glass art.

If you’ve fallen in love with the artwork in our gallery, or been captivated by our demonstrations or even the many viral glassmaking videos online, you’ve already discovered your passion for glass! The next step is to start creating your own.

The Path to Independence

Come join our community! Over 20 individuals have gone from novice to independent renter since the beginning of 2017, thanks to our Path to Independence course! Here’s how it works:


  • Blow and sculpt glowing molten glass into magnificent vessels and sculptures in the Hotshop (Glassblowing studio).
  • Take a seat at a hot torch, melting down glass rods to create beautiful beads and small sculptures in the Flameworking studio.
  • Measure, cut and layer cold sheets of glass, then melt them down inside a kiln in our Fused Glass studio.

Don’t know where to start? Try our Glass Art Sampler class for a quick, fun introduction to all three studios!


  • 4-week Tuesday nights, 6:00p – 9:00p
  • Saturday Intensive, offered the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month, 9:00a-4:00p.

With each class session, you will receive a hands-on experience working with your preferred glass medium, taught by our passionate and experienced glass artists! As you advance through the four levels, you will expand your knowledge of various techniques, so that by the completion of the 4th and final level, you are ready to start making glass on your own as an independent renter! And yes, you get to take home everything you make in the process.

We will not be hosting classes in August due to the heat. Our first fall session starts Tuesday, September 5, just in time for you to complete our Path to Independence coursework before 2018! Register online, or contact Lauren Probst at for more information.

Next Third Friday is Dec 16th

Our gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday 10a-5p.
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