World's Largest Glass Pumpkin

World's Largest Glass Pumpkin

You’ve seen big pumpkins, but never one this big made of glass! Made by our Museum glassmakers, the giant pumpkin, which measures 97 inches (more than 8 feet) in circumference and weighs in at 70 pounds, is a popular part of our Fall Glass Harvest celebration.

The pumpkin was created in 2009 by the glassmakers who present the Museum’s live glassblowing demonstrations, led by George Kennard. The pumpkin-making process took a team of eight glassblowers more than 50 hours of work, 17 attempts, a lot of shattered glass, and a number of lopsided prototypes.

How do you make the World's Largest Blown Glass Pumpkin?

Giant Glass Pumpkin - the team grows
Giant Glass Pumpkin - the team grows
Giant Glass Pumpkin - tools
Giant Glass Pumpkin - tools
Giant Glass Pumpkin - Wow
Giant Glass Pumpkin - Wow
Giant Glass Pumpkin - shaping
Giant Glass Pumpkin - shaping
Giant Glass Pumpkin - into the kiln
Giant Glass Pumpkin - into the kiln
Giant Glass Pumpkin - newspaper
Giant Glass Pumpkin - newspaper
Giant Glass Pumpkin - preparing to use the mold
Giant Glass Pumpkin - preparing to use the mold
Giant Glass Pumpkin - rolling and shaping
Giant Glass Pumpkin - rolling and shaping
Giant Glass Pumpkin - flame
Giant Glass Pumpkin - flame
Giant Glass Pumpkin - a little more air
Giant Glass Pumpkin - a little more air
Giant Glass Pumpkin - glory hole
Giant Glass Pumpkin - glory hole
Giant Glass Pumpkin - nearly full size
Giant Glass Pumpkin - nearly full size
Giant Glass Pumpkin - finished with stem
Giant Glass Pumpkin - finished with stem
Giant Glass Pumpkin - blowing into the mold
Giant Glass Pumpkin - blowing into the mold
Giant Glass Pumpkin - George Kennard
Giant Glass Pumpkin - George Kennard
Giant Glass Pumpkin - gathering green frit for the stem
Giant Glass Pumpkin - gathering green frit for the stem