LHWHS Alum’s Glass Factory a Successful Venture in St. Louis

Photo of hot blown glass.

Many graduates of Ladue Horton Watkins High School go on to lead happy, successful careers after leaving our doors. Jim McKelvey, a 1983 alum, is among them. One of his ventures, the Third Degree Glass Factory, is featured in the Oct. 2 issue of Ladue News.  Jim and his partner Doug Auer co-founded the center nearly 13 years ago. Today, about 25 local artists teach classes at Third Degree, and nearly 30,000 visitors grace its doors annually, according to the Ladue News article. The factory’s three studios include glassblowing, flameworking and kilnworking.

Doug Auer is a former adjunct instructor who taught glassblowing classes at Washington University, and Jim is co-founder of Square, a credit card processor for mobile devices. He is also a pilot and a traveling speaker.

If you would like to read more about Third Degree Glass Factory, peruse the Ladue News article. If you’d like to know more about Jim and his adventures, check out this article by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.