January 17, 2008

Student hosts glass art demonstration in St. Louis

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Robin Rogers and his glass creatures are both on display at the Third Degree Glass Factory in St. Louis.

Rogers, a graduate student in Southern Illinois University Carbondale's School of Art and Design, hosts a glass art demonstration at the gallery beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18. His glass critters are part of the exhibit "Veiled Landscapes." The exhibit also features paintings and drawings from Mike Pagano.

Third Degree, which is also a public-access glass art education center, describes Rogers' work as "a quirky display of solid sculpted glass creatures." The animals and other beings are further described as "lovingly demented."

However, there is nothing to fear. The "Third Friday," as the open house and demonstrations are called at Third Degree, are free, family friendly, and educational. Live music rounds out the evening. Music begins at 7 p.m. and the shindig winds down at 10 p.m.

Before coming to SIUC as a graduate student, Rogers owned and operated a glass studio in Florence, Mont.

For more information about the Third Degree Glass Factory, visit www.stlglass.com.