The Corning Museum of Glass unveils world“s largest glass pumpkin

The Corning Museum of Glass recently unveiled what it believes to be the world“s largest glass pumpkin. The giant glass pumpkin: a beautiful, giant shiny orange globe measuring 97 inches in circumfer…

The Corning Museum of Glass recently unveiled what it believes to be the world“s largest glass pumpkin. The giant glass pumpkin: a beautiful, giant shiny orange globe measuring 97 inches in circumference and weighing in at about 70 pounds, took a team of eight glassblowers more than 50 hours of work, 17 attempts, a lot of shattered glass, and a number of lopsided prototypes. The pumpkin will be on display through 18 November 2009, as part of the Museum“s Glass Harvest programme, which also includes activities such as: o Make Your Own Glass Pumpkin: Visitors of all ages can make a (hand-held) glass pumpkin in daily 40-minute glassblowing experiences. Open to all ages (as young as preschool), the pumpkin-making experience is offered through 30 November 2009, and costs USD 25 per person. o Harvest Hot Glass Shows: Year-round, the Museum presents live glassblowing demonstrations, in which glassmakers turn molten glass into beautiful objects. Through November 18, select Hot Glass Shows will focus on making glass objects inspired by natural harvest themes. o Harvest Hunt through the World“s Largest Glass Collection: Children can use a harvest-themed activity sheet to explore more than 45,000 objects and 3,500 years of glassmaking history. The Museum“s collection ranges from a tiny portrait of an ancient Egyptian Pharaoh to fanciful modern-day sculptures–and nearly everything in between. o Shop a Unique Glass Pumpkin Patch: On Columbus Day weekend, 10-12 October 2009, the Museum“s international GlassMarket will feature its Third Annual Glass Pumpkin Patch, with more than 6,000 glass pumpkins, apples, gourds and glass harvest-themed objects for sale.