Bay Area Glass Institute’s Annual Glass Pumpkin Patch Sparks the Next Generation of Glassblowers

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The annual glass pumpkin patch at Santana Row proves that glass gourds are better than the real thing. This year, the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI) showcased over 7,000 glass pumpkins created by 20 local artists.

“I think it’s just a great community event and it’s beautiful,” said Sarah Corneille, CEO of BAGI. “It’s sunny California and glass blowing and pumpkins, you couldn’t ask for more on a fall day.”

The long-running event has been around for 27 years and still counting. Visitors come in droves to find unique designs in various shapes and colors, as well as to watch fascinating glassblowing demonstrations.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for the public to see the creation of glass artists,” said Treg, one of the featured glass artists. “We make a lot of glass pumpkins that make people happy.”

From classic harvest to cartoon-like pumpkins, the patch has something for everyone. Plus, all the action just might spark your interest in glassware. If so, BAGI has good news!

“BAGI is a non-profit glassblowing studio accessible to the general public,” said Corneille. “We actually offer classes at BAGI for all age groups from 8 years old.”

“I started at BAGI by taking a glassblowing course for beginners,” explained Jeanette, one of the canopies featured. “Now I make my own glassware.”

From beginners to seasoned artists, BAGI invites the community to participate in its classes, events and more!

To learn more and get involved, visit here and follow @bayareaglassinstitute on Instagram for the latest updates.


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