Special Event: Passion for Pumpkins
Passion for Pumpkins - Just in time to celebrate the Fall season, the Sandwich Glas Museum is proud to present Passion for Pumpkins,From the Collection of Annalise and Tom Nelson. The passion for collecting this icon of the Fall season has grown exponentially over the last 15 years. Whether it's an unusual color combination or the way the stem falls into curl tendrils, collectors continually search for the new and unique. Passion for Pumpkins, From the Collection of Annalise and Tom Nelson, is just one tale of a couple's quest for perfection When asked about the collection Annelise noted: My collection started when I was working full time in Manhattan and wanted to decorate my home for Halloween, and then later Fall Thanksgiving. I didn't want anything perishable. I saw my first glass pumpkin at an artist coop shop on Columbus Avenu, and I was hooked. Not being a huge fan of orange, my search quickly revealed a wealth of domestic artists all making glass pumpkins to "pay the rent" in a myriad of colors, size and shapes.
As her collection grew she asked artists to make specific color combinations (David McDermott), and later to even match colors in her Thanksgiving China pattern (Sayuri Kingsbury). In addition, she has many from local artists, Chris Belleau, Micahel Magyar, Billy Mayer, and many from Peter Waechter, who is the glassblower at the SGM Studio. Included in the exhibit are pumpkins Annelise discovered in the US: Blenko glass in West Virginia; Duluth, Minnesota; New Mexico, Boulder, Colorado, California and Connecticut. The beauty of glass pumpkins, together with their varied forms and colors, allow her to decorate with them all year round!