Sculpt Welcomes Fall with a Glass Pumpkin Harvest

Sculpt showcased some of their most beautiful fall projects at the Glass Pumpkin Harvest on Sept. 27 outside of the Noel Fine Arts Center.

Community members and students gaze upon the beautiful glass pumpkins. Photo by Jade Arnold.

Community members and students gaze upon the beautiful glass pumpkins. Photo by Jade Arnold.

Sculpt, a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point student art group, hosts this event annually, which gives members a chance to show off their artistic skills. They also have the opportunity to sell their pumpkins made in various shapes, sizes, colors, and styles for the event.

“We are selling the pumpkins to raise money,” said Sculpt president Ryland Gulbrandsen. “We use the money to bring in visiting artists and they do public lectures, public workshops and other events. We also use the money to go to conferences and to pay for materials.”

Many of the artists from Sculpt were at the event and eager to explain the processes behind their pieces.

Just some of the student-made, glass pumpkins. Photo by Anna Welton.

Just some of the student-made, glass pumpkins. Photo by Anna Welton.

“When blowing a clear pumpkin, you start by blowing a bubble into a mold and then shape it from there,” said Sculpt treasurer Katrina Rudolph. “It’s a two person process. One person makes the stem and the other makes the pumpkin.”

Rudolph said that creating a colored pumpkin is a slightly different process. She explained the color is a dust-like material that is added to the clear glass creating a different experience for the artist. Rudolph enjoys having the opportunity to create this type of art.

“I had seen glass blowing here before and I fell in love with it,” Rudolph said. “It’s one of those processes you have to learn when you see it.”

Community members were also excited about the sculptures.

“This is the first time I’ve been able to make it to the event,” said academic department associate Kim Siclovan. “I was drawn to it because I love colored glass and I work on campus so I had known about the event.”

The Glass Pumpkin Harvest gives students and community members an opportunity to learn about an art form they may not have previously had access to. It seems community members and artists share an equal passion for these sculptures that act as a beautiful transition from a warm September day to an alluring fall.

Anna Welton
Reporter
awelt600@uwsp.edu

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