How to make a pumpkin

Learn in classes and through an apprenticeship how to make glass pumpkins.

First I need some color for my pumpkin.  I use glass frit, crushed up colored glass, that sticks to the hot glass like sprinkles on ice cream.

Shape the glass and start to blow

Next I shape the glass and start to blow up the body of the pumpkin.

Combine two pieces of hot glass

Meanwhile my assistant makes gathers hot glass to make a stem.  We stick the two pieces of hot glass together...

Wrap the hot glass stem around a pipe

...And madly wrap the hot glass around a pipe to give it it's distinctive curls.

Give pumpkin a little more heat

 I give the pumpkin a little more heat just to make sure everything is where I want it. 

Finished pumpkin

And, voila!  a finished pumpkin.  It is still too hot to touch, about 1300 degrees so...

Put in kiln to slowly cool.

We put it away in a kiln so it can slowly cool off.  Tomorrow we can open the kiln and see what we have!

Pumpkins

PUMPKINS!!!