Friday Morning Classes - 8:30-11:30


Polymer Clay Embellishments for Gourds


Anna Fountain

Cost: $40.00

You will learn how to prepare polymer clay for use, create textures on the clay, cut and create designs as well as color your design before baking. You will make multiple pieces to include cabochons you can use for inlay on gourds.



Elegantly Off Center


Debbie Wilson

Cost:  $40.00

 Use those wonky gourds to an advantage! Coiling with danish paper cord will turn that gourd that was not created balanced into a gourd of beauty and elegance. By changing how the cord is applied with only an overhand stitch, side by side , or straight up and down will give it undulating qualities.
A relaxing class , I promise.

Students must bring:

Apron, scissors



Woodpecker Mini Gourd


Jen Avery

Cost:  $44.00

 Sharpen your pyrography skills by working on detail work on this red bellied woodpecker on a small kettle shaped gourd.  Shade feathers and tree bark with a natural realism.  I take the time to work with you individually to help you develop your pyrography skills. Then, we will add just a touch of color to his head.

“gourd shapes will vary slightly from the sample”

Students must bring:

Variable temperature pyrography tool with nibs that you will be able to burn lines and shade with.  I recommend a spear, and a small or medium bent spear but we can work with what you have.

I will supply everything else!


Blingin' In the Holiday


Terry and Sandy Jordan

Cost:  $50.00

Come create this wonderful, crackled tree that also serves as an ornament holder. The student will crackle the tree, hand crafted by Terry, on both sides and add rhinestone bling. Students will use the same process to create a beautiful matching gourd ornament . What a delightful, special gift to give someone (or keep for yourself!)

Students must bring:

Apron, old paint brushes, water basin


Gourd "Doodle" Necklace


Laurie Weiand

Cost:  $30.00

Get your Zen on with a little "Doodle" on a jewelry gourd. It's around 1 1/2" in size, but it will be a  great fashion piece to wear once you woodburn the gourd "Doodle" in! If you like to try burning in miniature scale, this will be it...

You will need a woodburner with an adjustable temperature control. Various small burning tips such as a small skew or knife, small round extra fine writing tip, x-small spoon shader and a small round. These are a small example of what you can use. When finished burning, we will assemble the necklace with cord and beads. The added bonus to the necklace is that it can be used as an "Aroma Therapy" option as well.

Students must bring:

Woodburner with adjustable heat control, with tips listed above.



Chickadee Bowl


Betsey Sloan

Cost:  $25.00

This lovely chickadee bowl is a great beginner project.  Bring an open and cleaned gourd (approx 5-6 inches wide) to class and learn how to apply press on stencils that look just like you painted it! Color with alcohol ink and add a rim of philodendron sheaths or seagrass or twisted paper (all available) and you have a very nice bowl.  (Gourds available at $8 but you must notify me in advance.)

Students must bring:

Bring cover up, scissors.


Puffer Fish Sculpture With Powertex


Susan Crowe

Cost:  $50.00

A brand new Powertex project! What do you get when you mix a gourd, Venetian plaster, wood and Powertex Textile Hardener? Why, a puffer fish of course! We will be applying different Powertex sculpting techniques with Venetian plaster instead of Stone Art clay this time. We will have the chance to play with Powertex Deco mulberry fiber to fashion our realistic looking fins. We will also learn how to use Power Color pigments, acrylic paint and Powertex Bister liquid to highlight and accent the body to look just like a real puffer fish.

Instructor will provide:
Powertex materials and art supplies to complete the project.
Instruction sheets and supply list outlining the complete project will be emailed to participants after the gathering.
7" gourd, cut & prepped.

Students must bring:
A box of disposable gloves.
Paint brush for detail painting.
A heat gun for drying as needed.
An apron or smock.


Alcohol Ink Field of Flowers Scalloped Bowl


Jennifer Lex Wojnar

Cost:  $50.00

Learn the tips and tricks to using Alcohol inks on gourds! This class will guide

students through different alcohol ink application techniques to create a bright and beautiful "Field of Flowers" gourd bowl. Mixing alcohol ink colors can create a vibrant marbled effect and the possibilities can only be limited by what you are willing to try. The instructor will also discuss how to properly seal gourds that have had alcohol inks applied to them.

Students are recommended to bring an Apron. All other materials will be supplied by the instructor. A selection of Alcohol ink colors will be available for use, but feel free to bring your own for a wider range of colors.


Mini Drums


Terry Jordan

Cost: $45.00

Students will learn to make 2 small ornament drums.  Stain the gourd and paint a small design.  Learn to place the drum head on the gourd and lace the drum head to the gourd.  You will also add decorative beads.


Gourd Angel with Burlap wings


Ellen Tatum

Cost: $50.00

Students will create this beautiful angel with the updated look of burlap material  with gourds.  Students will learn a new technique of scribbling to create texture in the dress along with the simple filigree at the bottom of the dress and the halo for the head.  This has proven to be a good seller at recent markets or just an angel to love and cherish.

Students must bring a rotary tool to carve with and a wood burner to define lines of the dress.  I supply all other materials.


Let's Horse Around!


Joy Jackson-Bedsole

Cost: $35.00

Let's horse around with horsehair!  Students will apply a horsehair rim to this Mini Kettle Gourd vessel, then embellish it with horsey charms.  The remaining horsehair will be used to make a tassel on a swivel snap hook and a charm may be attached to it, also.  There will be a variety of charms to choose from - horse-related and other themes.

So that we can climb on that horse and take off at a gallop, a prepared gourd will be provided for each student.  It will be finished on the inside and holes will be drilled around the cut edge for the attachment of the horsehair.

Other than what the students are required to bring, I will bring everything else needed to complete the projects.  Students will receive tutorials, and we will be discussing related ideas, including different ways to make tassels to use as embellishments on larger gourds.

Students must bring a pen or pencil, pair of scissors, 2 pairs of chain nose pliers (for connecting charms with jump rings), and an apron or cover-up if desired.