By Kathy Chouteau
In the first hint that fall is peeking around the corner, Richmond-based Slow Burn Glass shop has announced the dates for its annual Pumpkin Patch sale and Pumpkin Workshops.
The fall fun is set for two upcoming weekends: Sept. 26 & 27 and Oct. 17 & 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. when community members can peruse the Pumpkin Patch outside in Slow Burn Glass’ parking lot at 833 S. 19th St., Unit A, in Richmond—or take a workshop to create one themselves.
According to owner Bryan Goldenberg, independent Bay Area glass artists from Bay Blown Glass and Nourot Glass will join him in creating pieces for the Pumpkin Patch, which will go beyond glass pumpkins of all sizes to also include ghosts, witch hats and other seasonal creations for sale. Prices will range from approximately $20 to $250 per piece.
For those who want to try making their own pumpkins, Pumpkin Workshops will be available on the aforementioned weekends, during which people can create their own glass piece. Per Goldenberg, the workshops will be inside the studio, socially distanced and will include instruction on solid sculpting of what he likes to call “never-rotting pumpkins.” Walk-ins for the $120 workshops are welcome (pending availability), particularly on Sundays over the Pumpkin Patch weekends, but advance reservations are encouraged.
“We’re doing sculpting pieces, so it’s going to be a solid pumpkin, like a paperweight style pumpkin,” said Goldenberg of the small-sized work that people will create in the workshops. No prior glassblowing experience is necessary to participate.