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Glass Pumpkin Patch Returns to The Morton Arboretum This October

A green antique truck with decorative glass pumpkins and hay in the bed.
The Glass Pumpkin Patch takes place October 9-13.
September 19, 2019
The Morton Arboretum celebrates the brilliant colors and crisp air of autumn with the return of its ninth-annual Glass Pumpkin Patch, October 9 through October 13. Visitors to the event will find more than 6,000 handcrafted, finely detailed glass sculptures created by some of the nation’s top glass artists. The public sale of these handcrafted pieces will begin at 1 p.m. on October 11. Sales continue through the weekend each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Throughout the event, visitors will also have the opportunity to see daily glassblowing demonstrations.  
The 2019 Glass Pumpkin Patch will feature the work of 17 artists from across the United States, including 14 from the Chicago area as well as throughout Illinois and the Midwest. In addition to pumpkins, which will be creatively displayed on straw bales and placed in wooden cabinets and the bed of an antique pickup truck, the fall-themed glass art designs will include acorns, leaves and one-of-a-kind fruits and vegetables. 
“By mid-October the Arboretum is blanketed in vivid fall colors, making this the perfect time to further highlight the season with beautiful autumn-themed glass art,”  said Jacque Fucilla, manager of The Arboretum Store. “Whether our visitors are looking to purchase or peruse the public sale or discover the intricacies of glassblowing during a demonstration, the Glass Pumpkin Patch is an event that doesn’t disappoint.”

Schedule of Events

Glass Pumpkin Patch Exhibition
October 9-10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
October 11, 10 a.m. to 12:59 p.m.
View more than 6,000 pieces of glass from 17 artists.
Glass Pumpkin Sale
Pumpkins go on sale at 1 p.m. on Friday, October 11. Sales continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13.   
Visitors can purchase handcrafted glass art pieces, ranging in price from $30 to $300, and are encouraged to shop early for the best selection.
The event is co-produced by artists Shannon Jane Morgan and Kyrana Michaelson of Girl Glass Studio in Sacramento, California. Primarily self-taught, Morgan has earned a name for herself with brightly colored ornamental autumn designs as well as pieces such as goblets, bowls and vases. Michaelson will serve as the narrator during glassblowing demonstrations. 
Illinois artists exhibiting this year include:
  • Michael Amis (Shirley) came to the United States for his Master of Fine Art degree at Illinois State University and has since opened Michael Amis Studio in Bloomington, where he creates mixed media sculptures and other pieces.
  • Aaron Baigelman (Chicago) first started blowing glass at 11 years old. He has studied with world-class glass sculptors and co-owns Baigelman Glass, a modern glass company with products handcrafted in Chicago.
  • A native of central Illinois, Jeremie Draper (Peoria) earned a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in glass from Southern Illinois University. Under the tutelage of glass blower Ché Rhodes, she became a passionate student and now owns a studio in Peoria.
  • Madison Duncan (Mahomet) is a recent graduate of Illinois State University, earning a degree in studio art. She currently works with Michael Amis, a fellow Glass Pumpkin Patch artist.
  • Dave Gribbins (Beecher) has worked with Glasshouse Art Glass in Seattle, Eastlake Glass, Lotton Glass in Crete, Illinois, and currently makes glass with George Tessman of Highland, Indiana.
  • Amanda Pierce (Bloomington) has worked in the field of glassmaking for more than 20 years. Her interests include  glassblowing and casting as well as creating sculptural and functional work with a variety of materials including metal, wood, marble and concrete.
  • Amy Jo Rupp (Winthrop Harbor) was inspired to join the ranks of glass artists after working with experienced glassblower Shannon Jane Morgan at the Bristol Renaissance Faire for many years. Rupp has taken part in the Glass Pumpkin Patch since its inception, training volunteers on how to handle the delicate art.
  • Daniel Sviland (Waukegan) is co-owner of Hot Shop Glass in Racine, Wisconsin, and has been working with glass since the age of 12.
  • Matthew Urban (Bloomington) has been working with glass since 1997. He is the owner and operator of Furnace Urbini Glass Works in Normal, Illinois, for the past 10 years, where he makes his production line and commission work for artists and designers. 
  • Kit Paulson (Murphysboro) is currently a resident artist at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from Alfred University in New York and a Master of Fine Art from Southern Illinois University and has taught at Penland School of Craft, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pilchuck Glass School and Bildwerk Frauenau in Germany.
Other Midwest artists exhibiting this year include: 
  • Amanda Cosgrove Paffrath (Racine, Wisconsin) was introduced to glassblowing in high school. Cosgrove Paffrath now co-owns Hot Shop Glass and her work can be found in Europe, South America and the United States.
  • New exhibitor, Jeremy Hansen, (Racine, Wisconsin) is a 2016 graduate of Alfred University with a dual focus in glass and ceramics. He also has experience in woodworking and metal casting. Hansen makes glass at Hot Shop Glass in Racine with exhibitors Dan Sviland and Amanda Cosgrove Paffrath.
  • John Van Koningsveld (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) began blowing glass in 2005 and owns a studio that specializes in stained glass, bronze sculpture and blown glass work.
  • George Tessman (Highland, Indiana) rediscovered his interest in glass art in 2000, quickly becoming accomplished at making beautiful hearts and other pendants of unusual designs and shapes.
The Glass Pumpkin Patch is included with Arboretum admission.