My mother’s pumpkin ode to Jonathan Adler
My mother and I have a penchant for white marble sculpture — anything that looks like it came off of the David, Venus di Milo, or escaped from the Louvre. Either we have romantic, Renaissance leanings or we think that filling our homes with the ideal human form could help us lay off the chocolate. You decide.
During the Rose girls’ pumpkin fest, I floated the idea of Jonathan Adler-inspired pumpkins and my mom’s eyes lit up. We went back to the craft store for tall, thin pumpkins and modeling clay, and then she did this:
Inspired by this: Adler’s Misia and Salvador vases, $98 each, at Neiman Marcus.
And also this, the pitcher — lips on one side, mustache on the other:
It is something to be continually impressed by one’s mother.
To make them, procure pumpkins. (If you want to upgrade the stem on faux pumpkins, my tutorial is here.) You also need white modeling clay (from Michaels) and spray paint: Krylon Fusion in Dover White, satin finish.
First, paint the pumpkins. Next, form the clay into a mustache and lips with your fingers. It isn’t as difficult as it looks. Summon your Play-Doh skills.
Press your clay creations against the pumpkin to get the curve right on the back.
Next, dry them out in the oven according to package instructions. (Really simple.) Then, spray paint them the same color as the pumpkin. Using hot glue, attach lips and mustache to the pumpkins.
Clearly, I am a very mature person.