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62 S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 "It's very inviting because we want to share our knowledge with the public," said Dunne, adding that Third Degree draws 30,000 visitors annually. "Everybody seems intimidated at first, but once you get your hands on it, it becomes very addicting." On top of demonstrations, which are suitable for up to 40 people, and guided activities, Third Degree offers guided tours of the whole facility. The tour includes all three studios plus the spectacularly decorated bathrooms with colorful, twisting blown-glass faucets and ceilings made of melted-down perfume bottles. For groups wanting to get the most out of the experience, Dunne suggests combining a project or a demonstration with the full tour. An added bonus for groups is that Third Degree is sandwiched between two major St. Louis destinations: the Central West End, packed with upscale galleries and deli- cious food, and the Delmar Loop, one of America's most famous streets. St. Joseph, Missouri Famous for its massive stained-glass windows in churches across Grand Central, Tobiason Glass Studio gives groups the chance to work with small- scale stained glass at its location in historic downtown St. Joseph. Owners Rick and Terri Rader have been in the business for decades and love show- ing off their workspace and sending visitors home with a keepsake. "We've come up with a good whole expe- rience," Terri Rader said. "You get to put a piece together and see some of the different things we do: our work, the equipment we use, our warehouse full of glass and some of the finished work." When groups arrive, half are sent off for the grand tour with Rick Rader while the other half set to work. Eighteen can work at a time. The glass pieces are precut, but it's up to visitors to pick out their colors and fit them together with 700-degree soldering irons. "For the majority, it's their first time, and they're just a little ner- vous to work with hot irons," Terri Rader said. "But there's someone at each table to explain it, and after their first attempt, they think, 'Wow, this isn't so bad.'" Groups have created angels in the past — Terri Rader laughs about the time a woman decided to reject the design and solder her pieces into a lighthouse — but the studio plans to come up with a new design for 2016, maybe something in the bird or f lower category. One group requested the chance to cut the glass themselves, and the Raders obliged, but cutting is a time-consuming project best left out of the group experience. The usual project takes about an hour and a half. Courtesy ird Degree Glass Factory Courtesy St. Joseph CVB Tobiason Glass Studio offers glass workshops for groups. Groups can make fused glass projects at Third Degree Glass Factory in St. Louis. Courtesy Cherokee Heritage Center Weaving baskets at the Cherokee Heritage Center

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