An American Student’s Fundraiser for Glass Pumpkin was a huge success! | Mobile County Alabama News
MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) – The University of Southern Alabama got into the spirit of fall with a one-of-a-kind fundraiser.
Students and faculty have created over 500 handmade glass pumpkins in all shapes, colors and sizes to celebrate the season and help raise funds for the university’s glass art program.
These weren’t your regular pumpkins, these pumpkins are made of glass and come out very hot.
Student Nick Noble says he made 50 pumpkins.
“It takes me about eight-nine, some of the beginners or intermediate students take about 10-15,” Noble said, “bigger pumpkins take a little longer, they can take up to 25-30 minutes . “
Lines of people were waiting to get their hands on a pumpkin or two, or even a full basket.
Each pumpkin has a different price, depending on the size. All proceeds will be used to support the glassblowing program.
Matthew Patterson, assistant professor in the art department, said a large chunk of sales will go to upgrading their glass studio’s equipment.
“Not only does this raise significant funds to maintain the facility and develop educational programs, it allows us to present this unique program,” said Noble.
USA is the only college in Alabama that offers a 4-year studio glass degree. The support the department received from the public meant a lot to Professor Patterson and his students.
“I feel overwhelmed and immensely supported, it’s just amazing,” said Noble, “we are so grateful to have so many people come and support the program.”
If you missed your chance to grab a glass pumpkin during Friday’s fundraiser, the US Glass Art Program will be holding another sale at the Island Fire Gallery from October 29-30. (10505 Dauphin Island Pkwy, Theodore, AL 36582)
All content © 2021, WALA; Mobile, Alabama. (A Meredith Corporation station). All rights reserved.