Glassblowing: Make Your Own Pumpkin

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Event Overview

Pumpkin sessions are offered daily mid September thru November. Classes do not occur at 7pm unless specifically requested. To sign up for this class, please send a message to me with your desired day, time, and group size and I will message you back with the times that are best for the studio on your day(s) of choice. If the studio is available at the day and time that you request, that is what you will get. Call or text at 773-888-1514. Email at or use the send message on this class description.

Each seat in this class purchases a 30-minute session to make a glass pumpkin. First, you will choose your colors and design. Next, we go over a few basic safety rules and I will help you sculpt your heirloom keepsake. All glass gourds must cool off in the kiln (up to 36 hours) before they are ready for pick up (free); you may also arrange for delivery or shipping for an extra fee ($5-20).

Each student will have the option to make a hollow or solid pumpkin. Students also have the coice of different optic tools and a few options for the stems.

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Q: Why do you schedule this class this way?

A: I know it might seem a little annoying, but it is for maximum efficiency and fuel economy. It works best for this studio if this class can happen directly after another class and the studio has many different classes and a constantly changing calendar. It does not always work out that way, but I do try. Please dont feel like you are bothering me. Send your approximate group size and preffered time and date and I will message you back quickly as long as my hands are not busy.


Q: What are you doing to keep us safe from COVID-19?

A: Nobody in this class puts their mouth on the tools anymore to blow up the glass. We use a little hand pump instead. I am offereing the option to make a paperweight-sized solid pumpkin that does not need to be inflated at all. Wearing gloves is not reccommended for this activity. Handwashing station, wash room, glasses to drink from, water, and hand sanitizer are all provided. ***All students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.*** There may or may not be other people working in the studio at the same time, but we each have our own areas. Due to the nature of glassblowing the entire building is heavily ventilated. 


Q: Do we all have to make the same thing?

A: I would prefer if you chose a project from my list and try to keep it simple. You can also make a paperweight, heart, ornament, cup, vase, or bowl.


Q: What should I wear ?

A: Considering halloween, I will heed warning about costumes in the studio. If you show up and you're in something that I think might be dangerous, I'll help you adjust.

Everyone must wear closed-toe shoes. It is extremely reccomended that you wear natural fiber clothing, such as cotton or linen. Most people wear jeans and a t-shirt, or similar. Wear what makes you comfortable. Shorts, long sleeves, etc are all OK. Polyester and Acrylic outfits are not reccomended. Long hair will need to be pulled back. We sell good looking cotton tshirts and there is a washroom where you can change. Contact lenses are not reccomended for this activity because of the threat of dust getting stuck behind them. If you wear glasses,that is enough eye protection for this activity. I provide clear plastic safety glasses to everyone else. Keep in mind, the studio is drafty because of the ventilation.


Q: Is it BYOB?

A: Some people bring snacks or a beverage to enjoy responsibly towards the end of their session. We have a fridge. 


Q: How many people will be in the class?

A: I usually book these classes privately for each group. Meaning, if you sign up by yourself, you'll have a private lesson; if you sign up with a group, I'll work with you as a private group.


Q: How does it work? Does everybody work at the same time?

A: Each person will take a turn making their project and usually only 1 person can make their project at a time. It usually takes about 25 minutes to make each project, with some time for set up and water breaks in between. While students are not making their projects, they may help or observe our group, take a gander at the glass art for sale, or there may be other artists in the studio to watch as well. (If you book a private event, we can have 2, 3, or 4 people making projects at one time. We can even "piggyback" the order so that we can accomodate groups of 50+ people in roughly 2.5 hours at a private event---depending on COVID-19 restrictions)


Q: Can I give this as a gift?

A: Yes. You can sign up and then schedule later by sending me a message. I'll provide you with a private link. If you'd like I'll send you a digital or actual gift certificate for presentation.


Q: Are there restrictions?

A: Everyone will need to sign a waiver. Anyone under 18 will need to be accompanied by a guardian to sign their waiver. Everyone will be expected to follow simple safety rules. (Don't touch this, don't walk backwards, etc) Please send me a message to let me know you are bringing minors. Otherwise, I am completely accomodating to all different limitiations and abilities. We are a "all are welcome" space, so just shoot me a message if you want me to know ahead of time that you might need any accomodations.


Q: When does registration for this class close?

A: The registration for each class closes 72 hours before it's start time. If you wish to schedule after that time, please send me a message, and I will gladly accomodate your request. This allows me to ensure that the equipment is on and ready.


Q: Can I bring a friend? 

A: I very much prefer each student to be registered at least 4 hours before the start time of their session. If that did not happen and you want to bring someone, that's OK, we can get them registered when they show up. If your friend just wants to watch, that's OK too. It is helpful if you give me some kind of message to let me know either way.


Q: Will this class be cancelled due to unfilled enrollment?

A: No. The minimum for this class is 1. So, if you sign up and pay for it, you do not need to worry about it being cancelled on you for this reason.


 Q: What if I need to cancel?

A: The studio does charge me a significant amount for canceling at the last minute and I ask that you try not to cancel on me. I absolutely cannot work if you get me sick; and that is even more costly. Please be respectful if you are considering canceling. PLEASE DON'T SHOW UP SICK! I would much rather you be honest, and reschedule your class, than risk my health. I am immunocompromised and fully vaccinated and boosted. Even before the pandemic I had to be very careful, and there is a general rule in all glass studios that you shouldn't go in the studio if you think you might be sick, you've been recently exposed to an illness, or if you have recently been sick. With all that being said, if you cancel on me and I cannot fill your spot, I am out of the work it took me to prepare for your class as well as the income I would earn from your class. With all that being said, please respect the commitment of signing up for this class, please do not cancel on me unless you are actually experiencing any of the conditions I have listed. 


Q: What is the best contact for this class?

A: ME! Please don't call or message the venue. I don't work for the studio and they don't work for me. Call or text at 773-888-1514. Email at


Q: What's the best way to get there?

A: Firebird Community Arts is at 2651 W Lake street, Chicago, IL 60612. 

For public Trans: the closest el is the California Green Line stop. We are between Western/Lake and California/Lake

For drivers: We are really hard to find! We are in a grey cinder block building with colorful murals on every side. The studio is on Lake street and running above Lake street is the elevated train, so it's good to understand you will be driving with the elevated train tracks directly over you. Driving on Lake street is scary for non city drivers, and I would recommend for everyone using Western ave to get to Lake st because it minimizes your time on Lake st. Street parking is free on Lake st and easy to find right in front. If you prefer to use our free gated parking lot, slow down so you can turn in through the posts at our driveway. Pull right up to the gate as though you are about to drive in, and put your car in park, then hop out to ring the buzzer 1 time. The buzzer is on the cinderblock wall by the mailbox. We will look out the door to see if you're walking in or driving in and then buzz open the gate. When it opens completely, drive in and park. Please familiarize yourself with these instructions because it is pretty frustrating to try to go around the block by our studio or try to figure it out with a train driving over your head.


Everyone needs to enter through the parking lot on Lake street. Buzz in by the Firebird Community Arts Mailbox. PLEASE don't go through the alley. Please press the buzzer 1 time. Most of us have our hands full so seriously, please just buzz 1 time and wait up to 30 seconds or even a minute. 

Minimum age

6 years or older

Please Note

This experience has a minimum of 1 students required to go forward. You'll be notified if it is below minimum 7 days in advance. If the minimum is not met 24 hours before the event, you’ll have the option to pay the difference for a private event amount, transfer to another date or Dabble experience, or receive a refund.

Cancellation Policy


Date & Time


Firebird Community Arts


$100 per Ticket


* Registration closes 72 hours before event

$100 per Ticket

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Rosey Merkin

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Rosey Merkin is a Glass Artist and Teacher in Chicagoland. With 15+ years of experience, Rosey has worked in schools, public, and private studios. She does not just make Art and teach people how to make Art. She takes on roles similar to construction workers or therapists. Most people do not realize Glass Artists build and maintain their equipment, tools, ovens, and furnaces. There is an incredible amount of behind-the-scenes work that goes into helping people enjoy working with molten glass.


I'm an Independent Artist and my classes occur at various locations in Chicago and Chicagoland. Most of my hot glass classes happen in the East Garfield Park Neighborhood or the Humboldt Park Neighborhood. Both locations are near the highway with ample parking and near public transportation. Since I do not work for my venues, and since some of my venues are also residential, the exact location of the class will be messaged to you within 24 hours of the actual class time. If you need to check about the location beforehand, just call or send a message with the day and time you are interested in.


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    Phillip K.
    Reviewed on 11/29/21

    Rosey did a great job as always providing good instruction, while ensuring things were done safely, and most importantly a nice piece of art!

    Rosey did a great job as always providing good instruction, while ensuring things were done safely, and most importantly a nice piece of art!

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