This October holds our third annual event where we help the public create one-of-a-kind pumpkins before our ornament season begins and we are so excited! Read on to find out about the event and the processes involved in creating these beautiful masterpieces.
These fall pumpkin blowing events will occur on October 11th, 12th, 25th, & 26th from 8AM to 6PM. We understand that you may have some questions to ask before making an appointment with us. Some of the commonly received questions are:
- How long does it take to make?
Each pumpkin takes about 10 minutes to blow, but needs to cool down slowly in our annealer for 24 hours, so the participant will need to pick up their pumpkins the following business day. We have shipping and delivery options available for additional cost, if needed.
- Can I customize my pumpkin?
Yes! We have over 100 different colored frit (glass) and many designs to choose from. Whether you would like a classic orange speckled pumpkin, or a green and white swirled pumpkin, the array of options is endless.
- How large is the pumpkin?
The pumpkins have a diameter of approximately 4 inches. However, the pumpkins can vary slightly in size since each one is handmade.
- How much is it?
Each pumpkin is $48. Groups of 8 or more are welcome to tour our stained glass studio after making their pumpkins.
Interested in knowing how the process works? Here’s what happens:
- Our kiln, which is a furnace that heats the glass, will be heated to 2000 degrees approximately 24 hours prior to the events. After it is fully heated, master glassblower Jordan Stanton will make sure there is a good amount of molten glass to be used in the furnace.
- Using a blowpipe, Jordan will gather some molten glass on the end of his blowpipe and then marver – or shape – the molten glass into a cylinder.
- He will then add the flecks of color that you choose and place the glass into a furnace to heat up the colors.
- Next, he will blow into the end of the blowpipe, filling the molten glass with an air bubble.
- Then he will heat the glass in the furnace once again and before placing it inside of a ribbed mold.
- Now it is the participant’s turn to blow! After attaching a hose to the end of the blowpipe, the participant will blow air into the hose and watch as the glass expands like a balloon being inflated. During this time, Jordan will shape the pumpkin into the correct shape.
- He will then make final adjustments and break the glass off the blowpipe, attach a bit of molten glass to the top of the pumpkin, and shape a pumpkin stem using a torch and tweezers. The pumpkin will then be housed in an annealer for 24 hours so the glass can cool down slowly and avoid cracking.