Bay Area Glass Institute
2001 Great Glass Pumpkin Patch @ MIT was
produced jointly by the MIT Glass Lab and the Bay Area Glass Institute
(BAGI). BAGI is a nonprofit community-access hot shop in San Jose
California, founded in 1996 by MIT alumnus Mike Binnard (Mech Engineering,
'96). The Pumpkin Patch was conceived as both a project to teach
students about team glassblowing, and as a way to raise funds to
help sustain the operations of both programs.
April and May of 2001, fourteen glassblowers from BAGI came to MIT
under the Page Hazlegrove Residency in Glass Art. They worked intensively
with MIT students in teams, first teaching the mechanics of team
blowing, then working in production teams. Typically, there were
two teams working together in the MIT shop simultaneously, and as
many as seven people producing up to 15 glass pumpkins an hour.
24 MIT students were involved in the 6-week extravaganza, and almost
800 glass pumpkins, squashes and gourds of all sizes, shapes and
colors were blown. During the summer, those students who stayed
in the area continued to make pumpkins in the glass lab, working
in small teams.
pumpkin sale took place at MIT from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, on Saturday
and Sunday, September 15 and 16, 2001. A thousand handblown glass
pumpkins were installed on Kresge Oval, the lawn between the Student
Center and Kresge Auditorium. Pumpkins prices ranged from $20.00
to $200.00, depending on size and complexity.