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!

P.S. More glass art: St. Louis Art Fair

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  • These photos of the fire show are absolutely stunning and beautiful, I love the effects!

    • I was also pleasantly surprised by how some of them turned out! Thanks for reading!

  • wow.. super amazing weekend trip. and great photos too. No I haven’t seen a glass blowing, except from your blog 🙂

    • Thanks, glad I was able to introduce you to it!

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  • 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 😀

    • Thank you! Yep, low light photography is always challenging. Have you tried using a fast lens?

      • I hope to try a fast lens one day. They are expensive to buy 😀

        • I got a used one in great condition and it was only a little more than $100. You could try scavenging camera stores?

          • That is a good idea. A lot of shops in Australia don’t sell too many used lenses or cameras. Buying camera gear online is almost always cheaper than buying in store here!

  • WOW this looks amazing. Your trip seems amazing, I love your photography!

    XOXO, A

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    • Thank you! I appreciate you dropping by.

  • 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!

    • Thanks! Oh my friend mentioned going to the TX Renaissance Festival. Wish I could’ve seen it!

  • 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.

    V
    Life+1

    • Thank you! I definitely want to play with sparklers at some point…but that’ll have to wait until another time.

  • You caught some amazing shots of them blowing flames! I’ve seen this done before and it is simply incredible, takes a lot of guts to do that.

    • Thanks! Yep, a lot of guts and madness…

  • Those glass bowls are gorgeous — reminds me of the ones I saw at the Chihuly exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Museum last fall in Little Rock. Those fire shots are great too 🙂

    • That’s so neat! Didn’t know there was a such museum. Thanks!

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  • 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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