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Great Glass Pumpkin Patch goes into its 13th year

Last Saturday the Bloomington Creative Glass Center hosted its 13th annual “Great Glass Pumpkin Patch.” Since last November 47 volunteers have been glass-blowing 1373 pumpkins about eight times a month.  

Executive director Abby Gilitz says that her favorite part is “the making.” 

“It is also spectacular on a beautiful fall day when you have all these people out and they get to pick their favorite pumpkin,” Glitz said. “We had people start lining up at 7 a.m. this morning and we open the doors at 10.” 

Bloomington creative glass center is an all-access glass-blowing studio with an apprentice program where people can learn how to blow glass for free in exchange for helping them make the pumpkins. 

The studio has glass-blowing classes but also offers glass fusing, stain glass, glass casting, painting on glass, sandblasting, kids’ birthday parties, and sorority events. They are just a mile south of campus, it is free to enter and checkout and they have a gallery as well.