What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

The Pumpkin Master




Queens, New York, native Ray Villafane is a well-respected sculptor in the toy and collectible industry, but come October, he turns into the Pumpkin Master.

A graduate of the fine arts program at School of Visual Arts (from whence comes many of my favorite people), rather than hollowing out the pumpkins and then creating details by piercing them, Villafane instead chisels them from the outside in, like traditional wood, clay, or stone sculpture. The artist came up with this novel approach to pumpkin carving when he was a grade school art teacher in Michigan. Around Halloween one year, a student brought him an extra-large pumpkin to carve. Not having knives in the classroom, Villafane turned to the only thing he had handy – sculpting tools.

Though that first carving was a big hit, I doubt Villafane knew it would start him down the road to pumpkin carving celebrity. (Which, it turns out, is a thing!) A the two-time champion of the Food Network’s Challenge Show “Outrageous Pumpkins,” the sculptor now has his own studio, a hand-picked team of elite artists, his own line of sculpting tools, and a long list of big-name clients.

During the long pumpkin off-season, Villafane turns his considerable talents to sand sculpting, but that is a subject for another day.

You can see all of Villafane’s amazing creations on his website, and you can follow the artist on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also buy his pumpkin carving tutorials on Vimeo On Demand.

All images property of Ray Villafane/Villafane Studios.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

18 thoughts on “The Pumpkin Master

  1. Oh. Wow.
    By the way, thy don’t do Halloween in Greece, so this is as close as I’ll get!

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  2. Isn’t art wonderful. You just never know where talent will pop up. These are wonderful and sad at the same time. They won’t last.

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  3. Amazing is all I can think of.

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  4. Aren’t these incredible?!!

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  5. Incredible artist! Love these designs. Thanks for sharing.

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