Saturday, October 23, 2010

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch 2010

IMG_6010 green pumpkins

For the fifteenth year in a row, the Palo Alto Art Center hosted the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch. Over thirty glass artisans displayed 8,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins.

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch 2010

It's always overwhelming at first when faced with the deluge of pumpkins.

IMG_6070 Great Glass Pumpkin Patch

It was just as difficult as choosing a favorite in a candy store.

IMG_6042 glass pumpkin patch

In the end, my personal favorites were the opaque green gourds by Leonoff Art Glass featured at the top of this post. With their big, plump, rotund shapes and the satin sheen finish, they looked like they were harvested at their peak.

This translucent, smooth gourd was also by Nick Leonoff:

IMG_6046 smooth speckled glass pumpkin

Nick Leonoff's art is currently on exhibit at the Masaoka Glass Design Center in Carmel Valley, California through November 20, 2010.

There were other treasures. Ken and Ingrid Hanson combined their Swedish and Italian aesthetics to produce this blue iridescent wonder:

IMG_6021 Ken and Ingrid Hanson iridescent blue glass pumpkin

They also produced some medium and small-sized pumpkins...

IMG_6017 Ken and Ingrid Hanson miniature glass pumpkins

...and these were just born:

IMG_6056 Ken and Ingrid Hanson miniature pumpkins

The Hansons also made wonderful pumpkin teapots:

IMG_6062 pumpkin teapot

IMG_6035 pumpkin teapot

Gathering Glass Studio created this unusual matte-finish blue gourd with green speckles...

IMG_6047 Gathering Glass blue speckled squash

...and this black and white op art:
IMG_6040 Gathering Glass Studio

Gryphus Glass Company brought green to a whole new level:

IMG_6041 Gryphus mottled green glass pumpkin

IMG_6048 gryphus

IMG_6050 Gryphus marbled green glass pumpkin

The huge clear pumpkin by Avolie Glass was big enough to carry Cinderella to the ball:

IMG_6005 Cinderella's pumpkin

IMG_6073 Cinderella's glass pumpkin

The mice could go in this one:

IMG_6074 Clear Glass Pumpkin

There were others with unusual "rinds", like this orange and black one by Jon Love Art Glass. I wish I thought of trying to buy this one for my friend Stephanie, who is a Princeton Tiger.

IMG_6014 black and red stripe glass pumpkin

I was out of town the day of the sale, so it wasn't an option. Just as well, because it would have been difficult to part with it, given that it happens to be dressed in the team colors of  the awesome San Francisco Giants. 

Speaking of the Giants, just one more win and we go to the World Series! Good luck to Jonathan Sanchez tonight! Go Giants!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Macro Monday - Green Glass Pumpkin

IMG_6038 green glass pumpkin

Here is my post from last year, stay tuned for this year's Great Glass Pumpkin Patch. This green pumpkin is just to whet your appetite. To see more macro images, visit Lisa at Lisa's Chaos
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