The Glass Pumpkin Patch


This year’s pumpkinpatch event promises to be the best yet. We have a broad range of colors and sizes to choose from.

Selection will be much greater this year, and part of the display will be outside, making it easier to distance and to take pressure off our customers.

Small paperweight pumpkins start at $26.00 during the sale. This is one of the very best prices for handmade pieces of high quality.

Paperweight pumpkins by Parker Stafford

Blown pumpkins start at $45.00 and goes up to $50.00, $60.00, and $70.00 as my price points for this event.

Pumpkins will be both opaque and transparent. Some will be solid, others will have multiple colors. Since seeing is believing, I will let the pieces speak for themselves.

The event will be at our studio which is located at 8685 Virginia Avenue, Newport, Virginia, 24128. The studio is located in Newport, which is about six miles west of Blacksburg. We are about an hour from the state line between Virginia and West Virginia. You can see our location on our handy map below. You can get all of my vital information from my Facebook business page here:


You can also follow the page if you like what I do and stay abreast of new work, events, drawings (yes I have about one each month there), and other opportunities (coupon codes for the website for one). If that sounds good to you, head on over and get social with the growing community of enthusiasts of all things S.A.G..

If you have questions about our event or our work, you can comment and someone will get back to you soon.

The sales event starts September 25th and continues for a week. Our prices are some of the best for work of this caliber, so when you buy our work you are getting prices that are hard to find elsewhere for handmade in the U.S.A. (and not cheap imports).

I hope to see you there!


A Handy Calculator For Determining Empty Box Weight

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It is helpful if you ship to know the approximate weight of a box for determining overall shipping weights. It’s possible that you don’t want to order every single box size that you might be using for orders in order to weight it. You might own an online business and you might need a fast way to get your total weight prior to putting those values into your website’s shipping calculator. Never fear, the corrugated box calculator is here. Look for the direct link at the end of the post.

When I first used this calculator, my biggest concern was over accuracy. I need the calculation to be as close to real life as possible so I don’t wind up inputting empty box weight along with packaging and product weights only to find I am losing money on each and every order that I send out because I have the weight underestimated. If I underestimate every order by half a pound, the result is I am not making as much as I thought because I am not charging the correct amount for shipping. For me, I want to know each cost as closely as possible. That way, I get to decide how much of that weight I will give to the customer on shipping price at checkout if I want to offer shipping as a freebie, a flat anount, ir some other shipping cost as an incentive to buy. This way, I don’t have to guess. It is also possible that I am including shipping in my price for product to make checkout simpler and faster. This allows me to do that much easier.

The calculator that I found is very close to actual weights. I weighed one of my boxes and then calculated the same box size using the calculator and it was very close to my measured weight. For me this will keep me from having to buy a box for each new size just to weigh to determine overall shipping weight on an order.

The site is a little clunky, but once you get there and familiarize yourself with the calculator, you can calculate all the box sizes that you need in no time.

The link below takes you to skunkworks packaging. You will see a container that looks like it is filled with orange juice. Look closely at the options and select the calculator for boxes.

Once there, skip the first two fields (“blank” fields) and just enter the three dimensions for your box. Tap the “square footage” field which is grey and all fields will self calculate (mobile version). You can recalculate any size by entering new values and tapping the calculated weight field. By doing this, you are given weight in both lbs. and grams.

This calculator will calculate two weights or “gauges” of cardboard. Since this calculator offers calculation of a basic board thickness or weight, this is a great calculator for me. Make sure that you hace the correct type checked (“ECT” type).

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Glassblowing Classes At Stafford Art Glass

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Classes in glassblowing are without a doubt a blast. This entry will provide you with what you need to know when registering for a class.

First, you need to know that most of our classes are actually one-on-one instruction with time slots on our registration page so we can teach each person one at a time. That means that each slot on our registration calendar is for one person making whatever item they have chosen to make. There are a couple of exceptions to thus rule, such as our day-long and weekend classes. More about those later…

A light moment with an evening group of enthusiastic glassblowers

This also means that if you are coming with a group and you are signing up for slots on a per-person basis, you will each want to book a slot that is back-to-back with the other people in your group.

Helpful tip:

Check out the length of our classes that require one person per time slot to figure out the amount of time your group will be at the studio. This is found on the booking calendar where you go to register. If you have seven people and everyone wants to make an item that takes an hour to make (again-see the time allotted on the registration form or class description) and decide if your group is willing to wait that long. In some cases, coming to the studio in batches of two or three people might make more sense.

Basic Requirements

Okay, you are signed up to make a suncatcher, here is what you need to do to blow glass…

Cotton shirt & jeans. Gloves and eye protection: Judy is ready to blow glass.

Your clothing needs to be cotton because synthetic melts. Check your clothes and yes, Spandex is synthetic. Dress comfortably. Shirts with long sleeves are a plus because they protect your arms which will get the most heat exposure. We have arm and eye protection.

Shoes must cover your feet. No sandals, flip-flops, pumps, or slippery shoes. Sneakers are great.

Age Range

Age ranges are ten years and up. Anyone younger can be on the blowing floor selecting colors and directing the making of a piece but children younger than this are too small to handle the blow pipes safely. However, we encourage young children to come and watch and have input on their own custom design. It is still lots of fun. All minor children must be accompanied by a parent.

Other Important Bits

Other things to consider are whether you are sensitive to heat. Elderly often have less ability to manage keeping their bodies cool. Please let us know if you are heat sensitive so we can keep you safe.

One-on-one Classes Vs. Group Classes

As described earlier in the post many classes are designed for one person at a time. These include ornaments, suncatchers, paperweights, drinking glasses, and bowls. Our group classes are a different animal entirely.

In a group class, namely our day-long and weekend class, up to four people per instructor needs to be registered for a class to “make.” If you can find four people, we will provide you or your group with discounts which save us from advertising for and finding the participants. Often if you are short people, we can try on our end to find participants.

These classes are taught to the entire group, with participants watching as each person has their turn making a variety of items. There is less “hand-holding” in these classes and participants do all of the steps involved in the making of pieces. This is a slower process but you will learn more. In our ornament class, for example, you will do about 70% of the steps with our instructor doing the other 30% to make sure the piece turns out near-perfect.

A day or weekend class takes you through vessels like tumblers and bowls, and also includes paperweights and suncatchers/ornaments. Depending on what time is left in the day, participants can choose additional pieces to make if they want. This is decided as a group.

You Can’t Take It With You?

All glass blown must anneal in our kilns. That means items made cannot be taken the day you make them but must be picked up later. Each class description on our site will tell you when you can expect to pick up your pieces. And yes, we are happy to arrange to ship your pieces to you if you can’t pick them up later.

To see our classes and what is available right now this link will take you to that page on our site:


Parker Stafford is the owner of Stafford Art Glass, a gallery and studio that produces a broad range of original designs in glass. The studio is located in Newport, Virginia.