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Friday, August 27, 2021

Jack Pine Blown Glass

Searching for Jack Pine blown glass?  We have a piece to share with you today that is just perfect for fall!

Have you begun thinking about fall with September right around the corner?  I think about fall often throughout summer.  I love those chilly mornings and evenings, and layering up my clothes, and snuggling up with cozy blankets.

There are so many things to love about fall... hot chocolate, hay rides, the fair... yes, Fairfield County located in Ohio has the last county fair and it is in October every year.  There is also the Pumpkin Show that is in Circleville too.

It has been years since I have attended the fair or the Pumpkin Show, but I have many fond memories of going to the fair with my friends and family. 

When we were kids, the main attraction were the rides, then as you got older it was boys, and then as adults?  I would say the food is what draws adults to these festivities with children in tow.  

I recall one year riding the Ferris wheel and it was snowing while we were on the ride.  The weather is all over the place for this fair, sometimes hot, sometimes cool, sometimes snowing!  You just never know what the weather will bring in October in Ohio. 

I mentioned the Pumpkin Show... my oh my, if you are a lover of pumpkin anything, you can find it there!  There are pumpkin donuts, pumpkin fudge, pumpkin pie, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin cake, pumpkin brownies... you get the idea.  I just wanted to see how many time I could say pumpkin in one sentence!  😉 

You can also see pumpkins that weigh in over 1500 pounds!  Anything you can imagine pumpkin, you will find it here.  The town actually shuts down for this event, the streets are closed and it is held in the center of town.

They have the world's largest pumpkin pie on display that takes 400 pounds of flour, 360 pounds of sugar, and 795 pounds of pumpkin to make!  Of course there are other ingredients, but those are the ones that stood out to me.

You can also find blown glass pumpkins.  Jack Pine is a name known in this area for his blown glass pieces.  He has some really amazing pieces, it just so happens I have one to share with you today.  

One of my friends and his wife gave me one of his pieces this past year for Christmas.  Do you see the mercury glass pumpkin on our coffee table?  I love it!  

I have loved mercury glass for as long as I can remember.  I am a fan of most things glass, but mercury glass is pretty unique to me.


I think my obsession with glass began as a little girl.  My best friend from elementary school had a home like a museum.  Her parents collected antique anything and everything.  They collected glass paperweights and I always admired them.

Of course us being kids, would throw them back and forth like a ball.  Good thing we never broke one.  Her mom had one in particular that always had my attention and it was one with a flower inside of it.  I thought it was the neatest thing.

All these years later, I only have one paperweight which is another favorite of mine, a snowflake.  Maybe one of these days I will get back around to searching for those cherished paperweights.    

Oh the trips down memory lane you go with me... it's always fun though when you get to reminisce about the past, isn't it?

I keep this pumpkin in our china cabinet year round.  I decided I would get it out for fall and since our coffee table needing something different, I decided to add it to our gold tray and books.

I love how the light dances off the glass, and how the bottom of the pumpkin looks like when you throw a stone in water how the water ripples, and I especially love the color.  


I found where Jack Pine Studio has glass blowing workshops.  I think that would be a lot of fun.  My mom and I took a stained glass class many years ago and we loved it!  

I enjoy getting to make something I would not have the opportunity to make otherwise.  Do you think you would enjoy something like this?  Do you like stepping outside your comfort zone and learning new things?  

I think I am a student of life since I will try most things.  Welding is still on my to do list of learning though.  I am fascinated with the trade and have so many ideas of things I could make!  Time will tell... 

Hope you enjoy your Friday!  TGIF!  

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