One of the ways that artists make pumpkins their own is through the stem. This also happens to be my favorite part, not only because I am drawn to sinuous shapes, but also because I delight in the variety of creative approaches artists take to represent a pumpkin’s coiled tendrils.
In addition to getting creative with the stem, many glass artists use the pumpkin’s simple form as a canvas for intricate surface design. For instance, these pumpkins by Ken and Ingrid Hanson are fantastic examples of latticino canework and murrini—traditional Italian glassworking techniques for which the artists are renowned.
Other artists take advantage of glass’s unique optical qualities to create dramatic effects. Both pumpkins below have clear bodies that refract light, creating a striking interplay with the core of dichroic glass or gold leaf. To my eye, these effects give these pumpkins a hint of magic.
Still other artists make a statement with color. Some, like Mark Rosenbaum, revel in vibrant colors and bold patterns, while others, like Hudson Beach Glass, focus on a single color with a matte finish for a refined, modern look.
These are only a sampling of the remarkable glass pumpkins available in our Artful Pumpkin Patch. I encourage you to explore the rest of this pumpkin wonderland to discover the many ways that artists interpret this beloved squash—perhaps you’ll find a few that catch your eye and evoke fond memories of autumn. Happy picking!