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Meet the Artists
Dan first became interested in glass after watching a glassblowing demonstration in a small studio in Ohio. He found that glass was an intriguing material that he had to experience first-hand. This inspired Dan to take his first class with George Kennard at The Corning Museum of Glass Studio.
Immediately he was hooked. He found the fluid nature of the material, intense heat, and concentration required to make glass to be extremely alluring. After that Introduction to Glassmaking course, Dan knew this was a craft he wanted to master.
After receiving his BFA in Glass Art from Kent State University, Dan traveled the world working with many internationally recognized studios and artists, including the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, and for glassblowing maestro Davide Salvadore in Murano, Italy.
Currently, Dan is the Hotshop Director at Third Degree Glass Factory. Dan always strives to push the possibilities and boundaries of the process by making large vessels, objects with intricate details, and using an array of unique color applications. You can find his art in museums, galleries and private collections across the globe.
Jeremy is currently working towards his MFA at Illinois State University. He is a BFA graduate from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 2005.
After receiving his BFA, Jeremy taught ceramics at St. Louis Community College, Wildwood and Meramec campuses, and Centre College in Danville, KY, as a Graduate Assistant. He also taught glass for Washington University at Third Degree Glass Factory where he is still an instructor.
Jeremy’s work has been highlighted in numerous exhibitions around the nation, including SOFA Chicago, the Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington Craft Show, Philadelphia Museum Show, Transformations 6:Contemporary Works in Glass at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, and NEXT in Glass at the St. Louis Glass Art Society conference.
Jeremy has worked as a studio assistant for glass artists John Miller, Stephen Powell and Tony Cray and for ceramic artist Paul Dresang. Jeremy’ work is dynamic and animated, each piece’s unique form is a tribute to the process of their production, manipulated in a way that shows the plasticity and fluidity of glass.
Willie first discovered glass as a freshman Graphic Design major at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. Immediately, he was enthralled by both the fluid nature of the mediu, and the way in which artists working in glass made what looked impossible seem effortless. Learning to work with the molten material is a life-long pursuit that can never truly be mastered, and that above all, is what kept him coming back to the glass studio semester after semester on the way to earning his Bachelors Degree of Fine Arts in glass in the winter of 2011.
Upon graduation, he moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to take a position at the Glass Center there, where he was afforded to learn from many of the most talented artists in the United States. After a two year stint in Pittsburgh, William moved to Dallas, Texas to manage the Dallas Glass Art studio, a position he held until the end of 2015 which he moved back to Kansas City.
Currently, William is employed as Third Degree’s Studio Technician. His recent works are extensions of forms and principles he has been attracted to since very early in his career; clean, elegant design focused on the high technical proficiency that initially, and continually, fascinated him.
Mike began working with glass in 1989 shortly after earning his Master’s Degree in Architecture, assisting an experiences glass artist and taking evening classes at SIU-Edwardsville. Over the first decade, Mike pursued glass arts as an avocation while building his career in architecture.
Mike took a hiatus from glass in 2000, making glass only occasionally while designing many new architectural projects as an associate principle in a growing practice. The economic crash of 2008 dramatically reduces work and opportunity in architecture, returning Mike to his passion for glass making. He has since been working as a studio artist, instructor, and demonstrator at Third Degree.
Presently Mike’s work in blown glass focuses on both design and discovery, building mastery in the craft through the development and production of innovative glassware while searching for the forms, colors and compositions that clearly express his particular obsessions. These include a love of platonic geometry, space and patterns; a paradoxical affinity with the fluid and chaotic forms of hot glass; and entranced interest in vivid, saturated colors. Mike says, “I delight in making things that are useful and beautiful, but also love making sculptural and imaginative objects that are open to impressions and interpretation.”