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Top Spots For Glass Art In St. Louis

July 9, 2012 6:00 AM

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The beauty of glass art takes many forms, and in St. Louis, there are a variety of venues and mediums for glass art lovers to enjoy. This is becoming an increasingly popular art form and no one can deny that all glass art possesses a unique sense of beauty. See the best glassware this city has to offer with a visit to any of the studios, galleries or factories below.
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Third Degree Glass Factory
5200 Delmar Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 367-4527
www.thirddegreeglassfactory.com

You will probably never get an invitation to play with fire unless you are at the Third Degree Glass Factory. Located in the Central West End, this factory boasts the only public access art/education glass studio within a 300-mile radius that has staff, instructors and volunteers who are committed to providing programs and classes. If a professional yourself, studio space is made available to artists who want to hone their skills in glass art. Stop by to just watch the artists create their work, or join in on the third Friday night open house to enjoy food, drink and music while you learn the art of glassmaking.

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The Glass Galleria, Inc.
(314) 845-6300
www.theglassgalleria.com

Stained glass is a full service experience in south St. Louis at the Glass Galleria. Whether you are shopping for glass-working tools, interested in learning glass fusing, making glass mosaics or looking for an interesting way to spend quality time with the kids, you can find it at the Glass Galleria.

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Glasshopper Studio
13011 Olive Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 205-0220
www.glasshopperstudio.com

It’s all about the beads at the Glasshopper Studio. If you are a metalsmith who loves the art of bead jewelry, you can find that here too, but it’s really about the glass. Glasshopper Studio offers education in the “warm glass arts” of glass fusing and lampwork beadmaking. Materials and supplies are available at the studio for anyone wanting to stretch their creative interests. A variety of classes in beadmaking and fusing are offered at costs ranging from $50 to $182 and times vary from morning to evening. Try your hand at the craft.

tonycray Top Spots For Glass Art In St. Louis

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Tony Cray Hot Glass
Snake Ranch Studio
PO Box 123
New Melle, MO 63365
(636) 398-4125
www.tonycray.com

Tony Cray describes himself as a pyro with a passion for process. If you have ever seen any of his creations, you would just begin to understand the painstaking processes he goes through to create the beautiful, original glass masterpieces displayed on his website. By watching the short video on his website, you may catch a glimpse of the passion that drives his creative approach. Tony travels the country with masterpieces in hand to display at art fairs nationwide, but you can make an appointment to schedule a visit to the Snake Ranch Studio in New Melle (about an hour drive from St. Louis) to experience the process and fine work for yourself.

baruccigallery Top Spots For Glass Art In St. Louis

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Barucci Gallery
8101 Maryland Ave
St. Louis, MO 63105
(314) 727-2020
www.baruccigallery.com

Twenty-five years of art glass passion resides in the heart of Clayton in Shirley Schwartz’ Barucci Gallery. Her gallery is home to a multitude of creative works by such artists as Scott Amrhein, Bernard Katz, Barry and Rosalind Hage and James Nowak. This nationally-recognized gallery not only represents some of the art glass world’s most famous artists, but also has raised funds for some important causes such as Cystic Fibrosis, the Ronald McDonald House and the Make a Wish Foundation. It has also been featured in publications like Décor, American Style, Southern Living and Architectural Digest. Visit the gallery and any day besides Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and let the skilled staff introduce you to the fascinating world of art glass.

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Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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