By: Hayden Cordova | Lifestyle Editor
On Oct. 17, the Glass Arts Department held their first annual Glass Pumpkin Patch Sale at the Glass Arts Building from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Throughout the day, over 500 glass pumpkins hand-crafted by students and faculty alike would go on sale, with the hopes of generating enough funds to improving the glass studio’s equipment.
Diana Dyer, a glass major in the program, took some time to explain the process that goes into making a glass pumpkin.
“The furnace has to be about 2100 degrees Fahrenheit at the start of the process,” said Dyer. “If we have a good groove going on, it can take about 7-10 minutes to make one or two of the smaller ones, but the larger ones take about 30 minutes to make.”
Dyer also elaborated on what exactly inspires such creativity from herself and the other glass students.
“I like working with glass because it’s not like other art mediums,” said Dyer. “It’s a very fast-paced environment and you’ve got to think on your feet a lot. I think what appeals to me is the satisfaction of being able to hold something you made with your own hands. You get a sense of ownership.”
The pumpkins, lovingly arranged on tables, shelves and even squares of hay, attracted a steady flow of customers. Open to the public, both students and non-students came to help sales or just to appreciate the craftsmanship on display.
“I actually saw on the Glass Department’s Instagram story how they were making the pumpkins,” said Katie Yeend, a junior at South, “and I thought it was really cool and decided to come over and check it out. I used to be an art major, and I really think that the arts are undervalued, so I think it’s great that they’re doing this to support the program.”