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Half Moon Bay Glass Pumpkins by Barbara Grauke

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

While they have proven their popularity in pie, bread and even soup and ice cream, pumpkins prove their versatility throughout the year on the Coastside as inspiration for art to wear, admire and absorb.

Own a genuine glass pumpkin instead of settling for a copy of Cinderella’s glass slipper.

“My very first experience was in a workshop with Dale Chihuly [the most famous glass artist living today] and I just loved hot glass,” said Barbara Grauke, who is co-owner of Moonside Bakery.

“After all, we are the self-proclaimed pumpkin capital,” Grauke said, “so I do a blown pumpkin and wine stoppers and solid paperweights. I get to work with a large pallet of colors. One day I’ll do blues and greens, then the next day I’ll do purples and reds. I’m having a good time with it.”

Excerpts from an article written by Mary Knippel in the October 2008 issue of CoastViews Magazine.

Photos by Mary Knippel.