Saturday & Sunday | October 7 & 8, 2017 | 10AM-3PM
Free and open to the public
633 W. 18th Street
EXPLORE glass art pumpkins patches and a fall-themed gallery.
ENJOY free admission and exciting glassblowing presentations.
CREATE your own glass pumpkin or other project in the studio.
SUPPORT nonprofit glass art education in Southern Arizona.
It’s back!!! The Pumpkin Fiesta returns to bring you fiery glass art experiences and a huge pumpkin patch of this year’s hand crafted glass pumpkins. There are new surprises for this year too with an expanded body of fall-themed work on display including fused fall platters, candle holders, and pieces from our Autumn Art Show.
GLASS ART EXPERIENCES
After exploring glass pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and colors, make your own in the studio with us! No appointment or experience necessary.
The Make Your Own Pumpkin Experience* let’s you play with studio glass in a guided atmosphere. For $85 you will choose the colors and design elements for your very own perfect pumpkin and then help make it in the Hot Shop glassblowing studio. Our instructors will take you through all the steps, and you will use tools and your own breath to shape the piece.
Our Flame Shop and Warm Shop are offering glass experiences too. Fall themed projects like Fused Halloween Characters ($10), Pumpkin Fridge Magnets ($10), and Fall Leaf Drink Stirrers ($15).
*The glassblowing pumpkin experience is a popular activity that sometimes creates long waits. We recommend pre-scheduling your experience with the office. Call 520-884-7814 to reserve a time slot. Closed-toed shoes required. Ages 5 and up.
Pieces require 24 to 48 hours to cool down before they can be picked up.
GLASSBLOWING LECTURE & DEMONSTRATION | 1PM
On both days of the Pumpkin Fiesta at 1PM, our glassblowers will provide a glassblowing demonstration. On a wireless mic, an artist will explain the steps used to shape molten glass into this year’s signature pumpkins (pumpkins with a beautiful, shiny, fumed, iridescent surface. This is achieved through specialized colors that contain precious and heavy metals. These metals are brought to the surface of the glass through an oxygen-starved atmosphere. Watch a video of a similar pumpkin process here)
Glassblowers are planning to make a BIG, shiny pumpkin…so don’t miss it! It is completely free to watch this demonstration.
Celebrate fall and support glass arts education at the Pumpkin Fiesta, this annual October event featuring hundreds of handmade glassblown pumpkins on display, live furnace glassblowing, and Make Your Own activities…all in support of Sonoran Glass School.
Admission is free and all proceeds from pumpkin sales and experiences support the 501(c) 3 nonprofit Sonoran Glass School and its mission and community programs.
The event also features a fall arts-and-crafts table for younger kids, cookies, beverages, and more.All proceeds from pumpkin patch sales and experiences benefit the non-profit 501(c)3 Sonoran Glass School, and its educational programs. Sonoran Glass School is located at 633 w. 18th St near the Historic Barrio Viejo in Tucson, Arizona. (view map)