Pulp Fiction

Bringing Art To Life

By Patricia Dwyer

Andy BergholtzSelf-proclaimed “huge geek” Andy Bergholtz sculpts sci-fi and comic book characters for Sideshow Collectibles in Thousand Oaks, California.
“You know all those cool statues and toys from Star Wars and Marvel Comics that you see in stores?” he says. “Every one of those pieces started out as a clay sculpture, and that’s where I come in.”
Encouraged by his friend and fellow sculptor Ray Villafane, Bergholtz tried his hand at pumpkins last year.
“I instantly fell in love with the art form,”he says. “Carving pumpkins is actually not as different from my other work as most people think. Pumpkin flesh, or ‘pulp,’ is essentially like a very fibrous clay.”
One of his earliest pumpkins was the star of Heidi Klum’s 2012 Halloween party in Las Vegas. This and other such perishable masterpieces recently landed the artist a spot on the Food Network’s “Halloween Wars.”
The show’s second season, which begins October 7, includes four episodes pumpkin carvers, cake decorators and candy craftsman competing for $50,000.
“My kids get to see their dad on TV,” Bergholtz says. “How cool is that?”
See and order Bergholtz’s pumpkins at villafanestudios.com.


Head Games

Here’s how sculptor Andy Bergholtz transformed a pumpkin into this magazine’s cover star, DJ Pump! (kin you feel it?)

Andy Bergholtz pumpkin


Andy Bergholtz pumpkin


Andy Bergholtz pumpkin


Andy Bergholtz pumpkin


Andy Bergholtz pumpkin


Andy Bergholtz pumpkin


Andy Bergholtz pumpkin


Andy Bergholtz pumpkin


Andy Bergholtz finished pumpkin


  1. Rich V.

    October 1, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Nice nice. Would have been a great party to attend. But I do have a correction,

    ::Correction:: “Heidi Klum’s 2011 Halloween party in Las Vegas”

  2. Harry Witt

    October 9, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Awesome. Andy created the most outstanding poster for a play I directed back in the 90’s. He is a true artist and visionary. I always expected him to make his mark. Congrats!
    Harry Witt

  3. Theresa Long

    October 9, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Totally amazing Andy! It’s great to hear of your ongoing success. As your High School Art teacher, I expected nothing less. We all knew you would keep on shining and will be cheering you on from the heartland. Looking forward to watching Halloween Wars this coming Sunday.

    Theresa Long

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