We’re going to have a TV Party tonight. All Right! Or, oops, a Pumpkin Party. Same thing, maybe?

Oh, dear, lord where did TV Party come back from? Black Flag – Henry Rollins – Repo Man. Such an odd thing – yes, odd but funny and strange in the same way the film Raising Arizona is.

D&D_2167Well, every year I go to Scott Novota’s pumpkin party – Strong Street Studio. Just one of those things I save my little money for and then spend ridiculous amounts to purchase two or three blown glass pumpkins. This year for two really beautiful pumpkins I spent $129.00. But this is only my “stupid” waste of my money. I am not a clothes shopper, I do like shoes, but I am just not a shopper – I put it off as long as frigging possible. Right now, I need new jeans, new Keds, and a few lot more long-sleeved shirts, but it is such a chore.  The MotH should be grateful, really. So I do not feel too bad for spending dumb amounts of money on glass pumpkins.

Can’t help myself, but I have this thing for individually blown glass pumpkins. It is because the MotH surprised me for my birthday not long after we moved to Pensacola with a glass blowing weekend class. I have been, for a very long time, a potter – through high schools (every year) and in community college, and then in a community center. Pottery and glass blowing seemed so similar to me, but they are very different, and at the same time a little similar too.

I guess after the glass blowing weekend you realize how difficult it is – especially if you are a female because arm strength is a big part of this job – same for throwing on a wheel, but glass is way heavier than clay. I can attest to that. And dear lord, the rod you have to put the molten glass is not light weight either. Out of my depth.

So I have an appreciation for Strong Street Studio – I would like to apprentice there – much as I would like to apprentice at Au Peche Mignon. I wonder am I too old to do either – and that depresses me greatly. Slightly opposite apprenticeships if you think about it.

My collection – so far. And this. The rest are here.

But this is, by far, my favorite. It just looks so wickedly evil. Never seen one that was its equal. dd_img_0850-edit

Strong Street Studio – Blown-Glass Pumpkins

The first weekend in October is one of my favorite little splurges that I have had each year for about five years now. Pumpkin shopping at Strong Street Studio.

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2016 Pumpkins from Strong Street Studio

I am not a shopper. I hate shopping for clothes, for which the MotH should be eternally grateful. Indeed. For clothes shopping, I have to take him with me because he is better at picking out things for me. I can shop for shoes, but only when necessary and, pretty much, only on some sort of sale. Do love bags, but again must be on sale. I think it was because my mom was not a shopper either. Shopping is a chore for me and not a pastime. I think I may be a strange woman. A rare breed indeed – at least in my mind.

That said, I wait every year for this sale. I’ve been buying Scott’s pumpkins since he was selling them in a tent outside of Jaco’s. Usually one or two – they are not inexpensive and understandably so.

I  have had a weekend of glass blowing classes thanks to the MotH for my birthday when we first moved here, and it is bloody hard work. I understand so much better what is involved since I have tried to do it myself. I need to post pictures of what I have made – they are not awe inspiring, but the did require upper arm strength – that is a HUGE part of blowing glass. Upper arm strength is not one of my strong attributes.

A couple of years back we had a devastating flood in the area and it destroyed Scott’s equipment and studio. He did a Kickstarter that I joined, the benefit was a blood orange pumpkin never to be repeated and it is my only orange pumpkin, and will probably be the only one ever. An orange pumpkin is kind of pedestrian. But blood orange with that hint of red – nice. But everything else, well I am a bit whimsical about my pumpkins.

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Blood Orange Pumpkin

I am always looking for something different and have been happy to find just the right amount of odd* in the pumpkin sale – see that white one from this year – no idea what inspired it or me to purchase it, but it is so lovely in the light.  I do keep my pumpkins out year round, but move them around and make it different all the time. Fall is my favorite season even though we really don’t have much of a real fall. So again I just push the issue and try to will our fall into being.

Otherwise, pumpkins at Christmas, why the hell not? Yes, I do that.

My favorite odd pumpkins* –

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Green and Lilac pumpkin – could not help myself.

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I think this my favorite – it looks like an evil pumpkin and I love it.

Annual Pumpkin Party

While I hate all things pumpkins when they start in August. Yes, I’m looking at you William-Sonoma. I do have the pumpkin love for one thing. The past two years I’ve been able to go to Scott Novota’s Pumpkin Party since they have been right near my favorite restaurant in town – Jaco’s. I have four really cool pumpkins in my collection – all different and all interesting. I keep them out year around because they are so beautiful. Prior to the sale at Jaco’s, I always knew Scott was selling blown glass pumpkins, but always seemed to know about it after the fact, which was a bit annoying.

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Blood Orange Pumpkin – 2015

Well this past year his studio was destroyed and he and his wife started a kickstarter fund which I gladly joined in. Each year, I save my dead presidents to get a new pumpkin or two each year. So this was a real treat for me. My modest pledge got me a medium blood orange pumpkin – a color that will not be repeated again – and I was so excited to see what was available. I found, in my opinion, a really great pumpkin that looks nothing like the rest of my small collection.

And the best part! – The annual pumpkin party will take place at Scott’s new place!

Let me fill in some back story: Not long after we moved to Pensacola, the MotH* got me glass blowing classes for my birthday. I’ve been a potter since high school and love it, but was always fascinated with blowing glass. But I have to say – damnation, that is really hard work. I enjoyed it immensly, but lord love a duck, you need to have arms for this thing – and I do not. That said, I had a new appreciation for blown glass that I think loads of people do not have. I do understand how the temperature part of it works. Pottery follows similar guide lines. I did make some glass things that I am proud of, but wow – it was not easy.

So if you are in the area, it is the 2015 Annual Pumpkin Party at Strong Street Studio – October 3rd – 4th, 2015. 109 North A Street, Pensacola, FL.

*Thank you – my love – on your birthday.