The Glass Pumpkin Patch, featuring a display of more than 2,000 glass pumpkins from the Tacoma Glassblowing Studio, will be on display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Uptown Gig Harbor Shopping Center, 4701 Point Fosdick Drive.
“People appreciate art here,” said Jeannine Sigafoos, owner of the Tacoma Glassblowing Studio. “It’s mixed with shopping and the farmers’ market to make it a fun place for us to come. My favorite part of the day is watching families pick ‘the one.’ ”
Every pumpkin is handcrafted, and each is different in size, shape, color and details. It’s the third straight year for the display at Uptown, and the studio also has shows statewide.
“I like seeing people interact and respond to the unique characteristics,” artist Taylor Rushing said. “It’s a lot like finding the real pumpkin in a patch you search for to take home. We have many return customers that add to their collection each year.”
Artists create the pumpkins year-round, earning trade-time credits at the studio to work on their own glass pieces.
“It’s a joy in the fall to finally see the fruition of all the work the artists have done, creating the pumpkins and having people appreciate our art,” Sigafoos said.
All the pumpkins are available for purchase, and they range from $35 to $350. Ten percent of sales go to charity, including Hill Top Artists, a residence program for at-risk students in Tacoma.
“Many of the artists who create our pumpkins got their start through the Hill Top program,” Sigafoos said.
Other money goes to Step By Step, housing and guidance for single mothers and international Kids’ Town, which sponsors children from orphanages in India, Romania and Nepal to go to a summer camp.
“It’s an awesome art display,” Sigafoos said.
For more information, visit www.northwestglasspumpkins.com.