Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch

DSC02406 Peter Vizzusi
Pumpkin Patch
Glass Pumpkins by Peter Vizzusi

I know I promised that this post would be related to my previous post, but I just visited the 14th Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch at the Palo Alto Art Center and I can’t contain myself. I promise to reveal the identity of the rough-textured photograph of my previous post as soon as possible.

Every year glass blowers of the Bay Area Glass Institute  showcase their glass pumpkin art. Peter Vizzusi featured a patch of  iridescent beauties:

DSC02407 Pearlescent
Green Glass Pumpkin

I always enjoy seeing the traditional pumpkins, like this one by Shannon Morgan at Girl Glass:

DSC02408 Traditional Glass Pumpkin

I think this very large clear pumpkin, by Truck Dog Glass, transported Cinderella to the ball:
DSC02394 Truck Dog Glass
- Clear Pumpkin

These earth-toned pumpkins look at home as the autumn leaves fall between them:

DSC02399 Truck Dog Glass
Pumpkin Patch

This fist-sized black and gold one created a buzz of excitement:

DSC02409 Gold and Black
Glass Pumpkin

This is the first time I saw pumpkins fashioned into teapots. I especially like this one by Ken and Ingrid Hanson:

DSC02415 Glass Pumpkin

If you are in the vicinity of Palo Alto, CA it is worthwhile to visit the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch:

DSC02422 Glass Pumpkin Patch

Exhibition runs through Friday. The pumpkins go on sale this weekend (rain or shine).


CC said...

Glorious glass.
The first photo is especially entrancing.

Vagabonde said...

I have never seen so many beautiful glass pumpkins. It would be very hard to chose one if I had the opportunity. I’d love to see the show, but it’s too far…

PixieDust said...

I missed this?! I went last year and my mom and I loved it... it is so great, yes?


Jeannette StG said...

They're amazingly creative and beautiful!

A Cuban In London said...

What an amazing array of beauties! Breathtaking. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Ruth said...

Are you kidding me?? This is freaking fantastic!! Holy cow. Your photos do them great justice I think. I'm afraid I'll break one from here.

I was just thinking the other day about the house in town where they carve at least 100 jack-o-lanterns with help of friends, and light them on a path across their yard. I will do a post for Halloween. That's what these remind me of in a way, carefully placed in the grass as they are.

Emily said...

I LOVE these pumpkins! They are all amazing, but I especially like the ones that are made in realistic colors. Just beautiful. The teapot is so different. Great post.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear CC,
Glorious indeed; I never tire of this show.

Dear Vagabonde,
I'm glad you enjoyed the virtual show.

Dear PixieDust,
No, you haven't missed it yet! It just started yesterday and it runs through the weekend. Yes, it's great!

Dear jeannette stgermain,
I agree; they are works of art!

Dear Cuban,
You are welcome, Mr. Cuban!

Dear Ruth,
I know this show is right up your alley, Ruth. I can't wait to see your post on the pumpkins in your town. Here's last year's post from a Stanford art professor's yard:


Dear Jemm,
I agree with you; I like the realistic ones best.

Yolanda said...

These are so pretty. Thanks for sharing them.My sisters does this kind of work.

My Castle in Spain said...

They are properly amazing !! it makes such a happy and colorful field...i love the transparent one and the teapot is too cool !!
thanks for taking us there!

ps: oh and thank your lovely comment on my 2nd blog :-)

My Castle in Spain said...

i wonder what could be their price approx. Are you going back this week end ?

LoisW said...

I am sitting here with my mouth open! I am in awe!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Yolanda,
I'm amazed your sister is a glass blower. Can we view her work anywhere?

Dear Castle,
I love the transparent one too! The glass is so translucent, it looks like it's made of crystal.

The cheapest tiniest one I saw, about the size of a lime was $25 and they go up to hundreds of dollars. Unfortunately I will be out of town this weekend so I can't go to the sale.

Dear Middle Aged Woman,
I'm glad you like them! I love returning every year.

Renee said...

Thank you so much for showing these they are beautiful.

Renee xoxo

kath said...

These are gorgeous - I would love to own one!
Thanks for the virtual visit ..

margie said...

good heavens. these are the most beautiful things i have seen in a long time. took my breath away. i can't imagine how gorgeous in real life.

julochka said...

that is beyond beautiful!! i want them all!! they look unbelievable in the autumn light among the leaves...swoon!

AphotoAday said...

Amazing glass...
Eat your heart out, Chihuly...
I've got to start visiting your blog on a regular basis -- our paths cross too infrequently...

Two or three years ago I think it was you who "gave me the heads-up " on the statue outside on the side of the Legion of Honor... I ran a photo of it on my blog today and S.F. Mike (in the blog comments) filled in all the missing details of what it is and where the original is... All very interesting.

A Fitness Minute with Pat Anderson said...

How fun was this! I would love to see this. Great photos!

Sherri said...

Oh I love hand blown glass. I met Dale Chihuly at the Musuem of Glass in Takoma, Wa. I felt like a groupie I was so excited.

These pumpkins are so great!!! I love fall, it's my favorite season. Thanks for sharing. You seem to have lots of things to see in your area.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Renee,
My pleasure entirely!

Dear kath,
You're welcome! I'm happy I bought two back in the day when they were more affordable :)

Dear margie,
These pumpkins look spectacular in real life. They look great en masse as they are exhibited here, but I also love how they look on a table or on my mantle at home.

Dear julochka,
They would look so great in your cozy home in Denmark!

Dear AphotoAday,
I remember that post of "The Thinker"; it was great! Thank you for gracing these pages with your presence!

Dear A Fitness Minute with Pat Anderson,
Thank you! I love your name. Welcome to dutchbaby!

Dear Postcards and Coasters,
If I met Dale Chihuly I would be a blithering idiot. I usually am around famous and talented people.

Yes, we have more things to do, and eat, here than any human could possibly partake in.

paris parfait said...

Such spectacular works of art! Thanks for posting these images.

Relyn Lawson said...

That's amazing! Really incredible. You do live in such an incredible place. Of course, you already know that. I am missing there. And missing you. So much. Especially today.

Plus, I want the curly topped orange beauty. Love you.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Relyn,
I count my lucky stars all the time! I miss you too - please come back soon! I love the natural-colored ones best, too!

Deborah Chang Di Bella AIFD said...

LOVE those pumpkins!!!! thanks for sharing!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Debby,
This year I went quite pumpkin crazy. I'm glad you enjoyed these images.

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