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 - ready to move
Giant Glass Pumpkin - ready to move
Giant Glass Pumpkin - handmade wooden mold
Giant Glass Pumpkin - handmade wooden mold
Giant Glass Pumpkin - creating the curl for the stem
Giant Glass Pumpkin - creating the curl for the stem
Giant Glass Pumpkin - finishing touches on the stem
Giant Glass Pumpkin - finishing touches on the stem
Giant Glass Pumpkin - placing the curl on the stem
Giant Glass Pumpkin - placing the curl on the stem
Giant Glass Pumpkin - adding some air
Giant Glass Pumpkin - adding some air
Giant Glass Pumpkin - adding more air
Giant Glass Pumpkin - adding more air
Giant Glass Pumpkin - the team grows
Giant Glass Pumpkin - the team grows
Giant Glass Pumpkin - one of many
Giant Glass Pumpkin - one of many
Giant Glass Pumpkin - torch
Giant Glass Pumpkin - torch
Giant Glass Pumpkin - growing and taking on the shape
Giant Glass Pumpkin - growing and taking on the shape
Giant Glass Pumpkin - rolling in orange frit
Giant Glass Pumpkin - rolling in orange frit
Giant Glass Pumpkin - keeping it moving
Giant Glass Pumpkin - keeping it moving
Giant Glass Pumpkin - keeping it hot
Giant Glass Pumpkin - keeping it hot
Giant Glass Pumpkin - close up
Giant Glass Pumpkin - close up
Giant Glass Pumpkin - another gather
Giant Glass Pumpkin - another gather