Glass Pumpkin Festival, Laurelville, Ohio

A vase is taken from the glass blower to be put into an annealing oven at the Jack Pines Studio.

We didn’t meet Jack Pine, but I believe he is truly an artist. 

We have seen glass pumpkins in Corning, New York, and we own one from the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus, but Pine’s are more beautiful than any of these: he layers metals and enamels on top of each other; he mastered embedding curving lines and even webs; some appear to have butterflies, small petals or leaves inside the glass.

Pine is also an entrepreneurial artist.  Pine, who has been blowing glass for over thirty years, teaches, and now has a staff of younger glassblowers working for him.  He lectures on the subject at other festivals.  He advertises.  He uses local news media.  His studio is open seven days a week.

This was only the 3rd year for the glass pumpkin festival but was almost perfectly organized.  It is held at the site of the Jack Pine Studio, a large glass blowing facility in the countryside with a store attached.  When we arrived, local sheriff’s officers smoothly guided people to parking lots where staff collected a $5 fee and guided us to open spots.  Others provided golf cart rides for those with mobility problems.  Portable bathroom facilities were in a separate field where someone sold real pumpkins at the entrance. Two glass blowing demonstrations were running at once.  A field across from the studio had a log-fenced in area where tables and benches offered glass pumpkins for sale and a center wagon featured “the pumpkin of the year,” pumpkins made especially for the festival with a special design.  Food trucks and craft vendors with their tents lined the field beyond the sales area.  In the center, a ”squash-carver” carved a ginormous pumpkin and another finished carved pumpkin was on display.

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Perhaps the only negative was the long line weaving first around the sale area and then, Disney-like, back and forth outside the fence to a tent where clerks wrapped your purchases, provided bags and made the sales.  Alie thought the line was too long; they needed more sales clerks.  But this was Ohio; everyone was friendly and kind, and the line moved quickly.

Date of our visit: 24 Oct 22 Other posts on glass blowing: https://ralietravels.wordpress.com/2017/12/08/blenko-glass-milton-west-virginia/https://ralietravels.wordpress.com/2017/12/01/ron-hinkle-glassblower/https://ralietravels.wordpress.com/2016/01/10/corning-museum-of-glass-corning-n-y/https://ralietravels.wordpress.com/2019/11/01/chihuly-at-the-franklin-park-conservatory/

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About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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6 Responses to Glass Pumpkin Festival, Laurelville, Ohio

  1. N N says:

    I love this!!!

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  2. Pit says:

    These glassblowers are truly artists.

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  3. JohnRH says:

    Fascinating. I watched some of the blowing at Franklin Park. Chihuly was being exhibited also.

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  4. Dave Ply says:

    It’s always fascinating watching a competent glass blower. My sister and bro in law actually have a studio in Colorado so I had a chance to try doing it a few years ago. Although those artists make it look straightforward, I found it hard to do even a simple piece. (And a have a couple misshapen shot glasses to prove it!)

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  5. Whenever I have had a chance to watch a glassblowing demonstration, I have been very impressed with the craft. These creations you are describing sound extremely intricate.

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