Glass Pumpkins are a Staple Artform for Glassblower Treg Silkwood
Great Glass Pumpkin Patch Artist Spotlight
Glassblowing artist Treg Silkwood has created many types of glass artworks over the years, but he says he enjoys making glass pumpkins for the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch® the most.
“I think that the glass pumpkins are a really great platform for working out color,” says Treg, who has been a part of the Bay Area Glass Institute and the Patch for the past 15 years. “I have probably made thousands of pumpkins and each one is truly unique. For me, part of the joy is in taking the pumpkins to the next level and making sculptural artwork. I think of the glass pumpkins as sculptures that people can leave out year ‘round.”
Treg says he prides himself on creating exquisite artwork and the pumpkins that he creates are some of the most popular at the Patch every year. He says he spends extra time and effort on molding the stems for his pumpkins, adding leaves and curlicues to them.
“The process of making a glass pumpkin is actually very quick,” says Treg. “But it takes many years to master this skill. I like to say that it takes 20 minutes to create the pumpkin—plus 20 years of experience.”
Treg says that people have an innate love of pumpkins because the gourd is a symbol of prosperity and bounty in some cultures. For that reason, he believes the glass pumpkins may be easier to sell than other glass works that he has created.
“I also love the excitement and joy that people get from seeing the spectacle of the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch every year,” he adds. “Whether they’re young or old, it puts a smile on their faces. I like watching the hunt for the right pumpkin, whether it’s mine or someone else’s.”