Glass Pumpkin Patch

Shop the Arboretum’s annual sale for exquisite, glass-blown art celebrating the beauty of autumn

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The 11th Annual Glass Pumpkin Patch opens on Wednesday, October 12, and runs through Sunday, October 16. It will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily and will take place on the West Lawn and Staff Lot of the Arboretum grounds. Entrance to the event is included with admission to the Arboretum.

The event has several components: 

  • The Glass Pumpkin Exhibition: 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 12 through 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 14.
  • The Glass Pumpkin Sale: 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 14, through 5:00 p.m. Sunday, October 16.
  • Glass blowing demonstrations: noon to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 12 through Friday, October 14; all day, both Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16.

Guests are invited to stop by and watch daily demonstrations by this year’s featured glassblower, Shannon Jane Morgan, along with many other artists, as they dramatically turn bits of glass into stunning molten pumpkin masterpieces (see times above). Narrators will take them step-by-step through the process as these talented artists demonstrate this ancient art form, explaining the processes and tools used to create these stunning autumnal beauties.

This year, guests can also visit the new Halloween tent to find enchanting and frightful works of art to decorate both home and garden this “spook-tacular” season!

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Glass Exhibition

  • Wednesday, October 12: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 13: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 14: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Come witness the beauty and diversity of this magnificent rainbow-colored collection of more than 6,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins and other autumnal designs.

Enjoy the unique style of each participating artist’s work—their use of varied techniques and color combinations make each of these gallery-quality pieces a one-of-a-kind design!

Pick out favorites during the exhibition, then return during the sale to purchase your treasure.

Glass Pumpkin Sale

  • Friday, October 14: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 15: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 16: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Glass Pumpkin Sale kicks off with an enthusiastic count-down at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 14, and continues through its closing on Sunday, October 16 at 5:00 p.m.

Glass pumpkins are only available for sale on these dates and during these hours.

Featured Artists

Michael Amis • Shirley, Illinois •
Amis designed and built a glassblowing studio for Kokomo Opalescent Glass, where he worked as a studio director,  designer, and gaffer until he opened his own studio in 2007.

Aaron Baigelman • Chicago, Illinois •
Baigelman started blowing glass at the age of 11 and has studied with several world-class glass sculptors. In 2014, he launched Baigelman Glass with his wife and fellow artist, Heather Baigelman.

Amanda Cosgrove-Paffrath • Racine, Wisconsin •
Introduced to glassblowing in high school, Cosgrove Paffrath owns Hot Shop Glass and Funky Hannah’s Beads & Art. Her work can be found in Europe, South America, and the United States.

Brock Eddleman • Bloomington, Illinois •
Eddleman has explored a variety of glass techniques, including furnace worked soft glass, blown glass, and torch work. He has recently learned the art of millefiore and is incorporating it into his work.

Gigi Erickson • Eagle Mountain, Utah •
Erickson started glassblowing in 1990 and studied in Corning, New York, with notable artists. Pumpkins are one of her passions; she also creates many other objects in hot glass.

Dave Gribbins • Beecher, Illinois •
Gribbins has built a career around glass art. He earned an M.A. in sculpture and currently teaches sculpture, glass, ceramics, and printmaking at Governors State University. He continues to make glass with George Tessman.

Jeremy Hansen • Racine, Wisconsin •
Hansen dreamed of becoming an artist as a child and pursued his passion at Alfred University in New York where he earned a degree with a dual focus on ceramics and hot glass.

Charlie Manion • Chicago, Illinois •
Trained as a scientific flamethrower, Manion teaches glassblowing at Firebird Community Arts in partnership with After School Matters, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Project Fire, a trauma recovery glassblowing program.

Kit Paulson • Chicago, Illinois •
Paulson has taught in the United States and Germany, and her work has been published in the New Glass Review. She currently serves as a resident artist at North Carolina’s Penland School of Craft.

Amanda Pierce • Bloomington, Illinois •
Pierce has interests in glassblowing and casting, as well as in sculptural and functional work with a variety of materials including metal, wood, marble, and concrete.

Daniel Sviland • Waukegan, Illinois •
Co-owner of Hot Shop Glass in Racine, Wisconsin, Sviland has created art with glass since the age of 12. He has worked and learned with several great glassblowing artists.

George Tessman • Highland, Indiana •
A former Marine, Tessman rediscovered his passion for the arts, particularly hot glass, in 2000. He opened his own studio in 2003 and his work is favored by jewelry designers and collectors in the United States and abroad.

Matthew Urban • Normal, Illinois •
Urban owns and operates Furnace Urbini Glass Works in Illinois where he creates his own line, as well as commissioned work for other artists and designers.

John Van Koningsveld • Milwaukee, Wisconsin •
Van Koningsveld began blowing glass in 2005. He owns a studio that specializes in stained glass, bronze sculpture, and blown glasswork.


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