The Glass Pumpkin Patch

The Glass Pumpkin Patch will showcase more than 1,000 whimsical, vibrantly colored glass pumpkins handmade by Gregory Tomb, an acclaimed glass artist.

The Holland Center will celebrate the Halloween season from Oct. 22 to Oct. 24 with its second Glass Pumpkin Patch. 

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., this festive event will showcase over 1,000 whimsical, vibrantly colored glass pumpkins handmade by Gregory Tomb, an acclaimed local glass artist known for his intricate designs. 

These one-of-a-kind works of art will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the Holland Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to enhancing arts, education and community in the Desert Foothills area.

Tomb has been fascinated by glass art since childhood, when his family’s frequent road trips would often include visits to the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York.

After studying glassblowing as an art student at New York’s Hartwick College, Tomb explored a variety of personal and professional interests — but glass art always remained his passion. 

He occasionally rented glass studio time over the years and began honing his craft as a production glassblower in a factory for world-renowned glass maker Simon Pearce. 

In 2014, he started participating in juried art shows nationwide. Tomb has been awarded “best in glass” and served as the featured artist at the Nassau County Museum of Art, the Hampton Fine Art Festival, the Stuart Art Festival and the Scottsdale Artfest. For the next three years, he is serving as artist-in-residence for the town of Johnsburg, New York, where he will facilitate classes for over 500 students each summer.

In his work, Tomb incorporates classic techniques of furnace, fused, flame-worked and cold-worked glass, while also exploring new processes and ways to use glass and light. Since 2013, he has taught glassblowing at the Bay Area Glass Institute, as well as through lessons from his own mobile studio. Tomb’s colorful autumnal creations celebrate the season and have been featured in museums and magazines around the country.

As a former artist-in-residence at the Holland Center, Tomb is excited to share the joy and beauty of glass art with the Desert Foothills community. 

 

Glass Pumpkin Patch

When : 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, to Sunday, Oct. 24

Where : The Holland Center,

34250 N. 60th Street, Scottsdale

Cost : Free admission

Info : 480.488-1090, hollandcenter.org or glasspumpkinpatchfundraiser.com