Playing with Fire at Third Degree Glass Factory

Last week, I found out about Third Degree Glass Factory in St. Louis, a nifty place that opens up their space to the public every third Friday of the month. When I went last Friday, I got to see a fire show and glass-blowing demonstration for the first time.

When this is your first time seeing a fire show (by Fire Tech), you gotta front-row it:

Fire Tech Performance Third Degree Glass Factory

Oooh, fire…

Fire Tech Performance Third Degree Glass Factory

Look, ma!

Fire Tech Performance Third Degree Glass Factory

I’m on fire, baby!

I tried experimenting with long exposure. It’s hard! It was difficult to get the moving performer’s face in focus and I didn’t have a tripod to get those super-long light trails. So this was the best I could do:

Fire Tech Performance Third Degree Glass Factory

Ghosting

Fire Tech Performance Third Degree Glass Factory

Fire Tech Performance Third Degree Glass Factory

That first fire-breathing picture was nothing compared to the final blowout (haha):

Fire Tech Performance Third Degree Glass Factory

Next, I saw a bunch of really cool glass pieces inside the factory. If only I had $990 to spare… Actually though, who buys this stuff? Now I see where the term “starving artist” comes from.

Third Degree Glass Factory Open House

My future house would be so complete if I could line up a bunch of glassware, in rainbow order, just like this.

Third Degree Glass Factory Open House

Rhino Head Third Degree Glass Factory

There sure were some talented artists.

You could even make your own ornaments. I originally wanted to make my own glass piece, but prices started at $25. Um, no thank you. I’ll just look at them for now…#brokecollegestudent

Third Degree Glass Factory Ornaments

Third Degree Glass Factory Ornaments

Finally, we headed over to watch the glass-blowing demonstration.

Glass Blowing Demonstration Third Degree Glass Factory

It was really neat; we got to watch this artist create an “experimental” piece from start to finish.

Glass Blowing Demonstration Third Degree Glass Factory

Shaping…something? There were a lot of pieces to assemble.

Glass Blowing Demonstration Third Degree Glass Factory

Start by creating the bowl’s base pieces.

Glass Blowing Demonstration Third Degree Glass Factory

More FIRE!

Glass Blowing Demonstration Third Degree Glass Factory

Plink!

Glass Blowing Demonstration Third Degree Glass Factory

Now I see why it’s called “glass-blowing.”

Glass Blowing Demonstration Third Degree Glass Factory

“Sandwiching” the finished piece…

Glass Blowing Demonstration Third Degree Glass Factory

Done! (It also almost tipped over…lol)

One more thing…

My friends made fun of me for it, but I couldn’t resist getting a photo of the bathroom sinks. Well joke’s on them because just look at these! So cool!

Third Degree Glass Factory Sinks

Have you ever seen glass-blowing before?

Thanks for reading!

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23 thoughts on “Playing with Fire at Third Degree Glass Factory

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  2. Magnificent shots of the fire show. What a fiery finale, and his faced isn’t singed or black from all the heat, smoke and soot! Taking photos of live shows like these in low light has always been challenging for me. Hard to get the shutter speed right and the lighting always changes. Well done 😀

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  3. Wow, really cool! Love the long exposure, great photographs especially without a tripod! I saw glass blowing at the Texas Renaissance Festival and it’s so crazy how they can shape/mold glass into crazy shapes!

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  4. What a cool way to spend an evening! I’ve only ever seen glass being blown at a festival or event.

    I’m so impressed at the quality of your photos without a tripod!! That is so hard to do without a tripod. I love experiment with night photography. I did a whole post on sparklers and fireworks once. So fun.

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  6. wow thank you so much for these wonderful insights i literally have goosebumps all over me now
    the glass blowing demo is so cool the artist is like doing it so easily but you know it takes years to practice
    i would love to learn a bit of skills but then im so scared of the process :/

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