Gorgeous in Glass: Celebrating Pumpkin Season

The days are getting cooler, the nights are getting longer, and the school year is in full force.  That can only mean one thing: it’s pumpkin season!   Make your pumpkin decoration stand out amongst the sea of plastic jack-o-lanterns and opt for a blown glass pumpkin.  The Squash Blossom is proud to offer designs by two talented artists: Jack Pine and Corey Silverman.

Jack Pine was born and raised in Circleville, Ohio.  Though the town is tiny, it is home to the country’s largest annual pumpkin show.  After years of studying the pumpkins at this show, he became inspired to perfect the art of glass pumpkins.  He studied glass blowing at the Columbus College of Art and Design and practiced his craft in Denver and Seattle.  Now, he has his own studio back in his home state of Ohio after over twenty years of experience. His pumpkins are known for their ornate stems and attention to color the whole way through the pumpkin.

The Furnace: a Glassworks is a studio in Lakewood, Colorado, just ten miles from downtown Denver.  The Furnace is home to Corey Silverman, who learned glassworks while earning a BFA at Alfred University.  The pumpkins by this company come in small, medium, and large sizes.  They also feature a titled design in the pumpkins and gourds.

The glass comes in many forms and colors.  From the traditional orange to a more whimsical blue, there is a pumpkin for all décor tastes.  The color is not painted, but rather applied hot from chips of colored glass. Expert skill is required, as the true colors are not visible until the glass has cooled.  For example, a white color will become completely transparent when it cools. Some pumpkins are sold individually, while others are offered as part of a set.  There are two types of pumpkin sets: mini and large. The mini sets come with one large pumpkin and two smaller ones, whilst the large pumpkin sets feature a large pumpkin, a medium, a small, and a gourd.  While pumpkins reach the height of their decorative and culinary popularity in September through November, these glass pumpkins make a classy and tasteful addition to home decorations all year long.  When the nostalgia for childhood pumpkin patches and jack-o-lantern carving hits, come select a blown glass pumpkin at the Squash Blossom.

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