Exhibitions - Third Degree Glass Factory
5200 DELMAR BOULEVARD
ST. LOUIS, MO 63108
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SPRING FORWARD: New Glass by Jes Kopitske

May 1 – 25

This collection of new work by Jes K features functional and decorative glass inspired by the renewing energy of spring. Jes has been working in glass for over 20 years and often looks to nature for new ideas.

“The beauty and fragility of glass harmoniously echo the natural world,” she says. “In this series of work, I want to mirror the rich, deep palette of a flower garden in full bloom.”

Working primarily in the hot shop, Jes usually uses simple, traditional glassblowing tools and techniques. After creating a ‘blank’ (a glass form with color on the outer surface), she uses cut vinyl resists and sandblast engraving to achieve the detailed designs prevalent in her pieces.

When not creating her own work at Third Degree, Jes helps with studio custom glass production, maintains a rooftop garden at MADE, and enjoys hanging out with her two kids.

The artist reception is in conjunction with Third Friday on May 17 from 6-10 p.m. To view the exhibit, visit the gallery Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 1 – 25.

*Private events may affect viewing.

SHOP THE EXHIBITION

By Jes Kopitske

Artist Mark Salsbury: A Retrospective

June 1 – 24

As an artist, my passion lies in working with glass. Like many others in the glass world, I was initially captivated by the hot shop and the mesmerizing allure it holds. This fascination led me to explore every aspect of this art form, ultimately becoming completely hooked. Nowadays, my primary focus is on kiln formed glass, as I believe it is the most effective method for expressing my interests and creating representational depictions of the world.

At present, I am delving into the impact of mass-produced commodities on personal identity. How does the constant bombardment of advertising affect the way I perceive myself? Our self-image is directly influenced by our living environment. This distortion can be attributed to the fact that most industries sell not only products, but also an image. It is this distortion of the mind and self that drives my artistic endeavors.

The artist reception is in conjunction with Third Friday on June 21 from 6-10 p.m. To view the exhibit, visit the gallery Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 1 – 24.

*Private events may affect viewing.

Mark Salsbury Exhibition 2024

UNrestrained: Michael Wyatt

June 1 – 24

Unrestrained is an exhibition by kiln artist, Michael Wyatt. Wyatt is a resident Third Degree Glass artist who has been working in kiln-formed glass for nearly 20 years. His artwork demonstrates the freedom to create outside the boundaries once set by his military and working careers. The gestural-like shapes, colors and lines in his compositions, although carefully and thoughtfully handled, seem to be applied without restraint. Wyatt looks to artists like Miró, Picasso, and Rothko whose work he enjoys emulating and adding to.

The artist reception is in conjunction with Third Friday on June 21 from 6-10 p.m. To view the exhibit, visit the gallery Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 1 – 24.

*Private events may affect viewing.

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Metal to Glass: An Artist Spectrum of Mixed Media

July 1 – 26

Every artist moves through multiple mediums and styles in their life. Thomas McFarland dreamed of being a blacksmith and forging iron, then found copper work immensely meditative and moved to that. He eventually fell in love with the challenge of glassblowing and is enjoying mixing all of his favorite mediums in new ways.  Come see how his metal work and glass come together in McFarland’s month-long exhibition.

The artist reception is in conjunction with Third Friday on July 19 from 6-10 p.m. To view the exhibit, visit the gallery Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 1 – 26.

*Private events may affect viewing.

Tom McFarland

OPEN CALL 2025

Calling all glass artists nationwide! Submit your work by July 1 to be considered for a 2025 Third Degree Glass exhibition.
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