Instructor's Information


Hello Gourd Instructors! 

I hope you are planning to be a part of the 2020 Gourd Gathering at Cherokee.  Last year was a great event:

  • More students than ever registered
  •  Student class evaluations were so positive – but my favorite comment by more than one person was “no wind next year”.
  • The vendor building filled
  •  Wednesday night’s “Meet and Greet” has a great turnout
  • Our first Saturday Night Dinner on the porch was a success
  • 41 people participated in our gourd exchange
  • We raised $1,400 to give back to the gourd community.

I hope 2020 will be better than 2019. And the only way that can happen is to keep making students the most important thing of our event. Students are the reason a gourd festival survives. 

The information below is basically the same from last year. 

1. Remember, on Wednesday there will be afternoon classes.

2. All classes will start and end at the same time Thursday through Saturday. When submitting your classes please make sure there is enough time. Class times:

Wednesday afternoon: 1:00-5:00

 Thursday-Saturday all day class 8:30-5:00

Thursday-Saturday morning classes: 8:30-11:30

Thursday-Saturday afternoon classes: 1:00-5:00

 Sunday morning class: 9:30-1:30

3. On Friday afternoon there will be "short classes", 1 hour and 45 minutes long. This would be perfect for a technique or project that would not need 3 or 4 hours. Class price is $20-$25 and the idea is the students should have to bring nothing or a minimum amount of tools. There is not an $8.00 class fee for these "short classes" and the Gathering will not add the $5.00 student fee.

4. There are initially 25 spaces for each session. You can start submitting classes today, but the deadline is January 15, 2020. On May 1, 2020 classes with lowest sign-ups may be cancelled due to lack of classroom space.

5. Students will pay in full when registering.  You can still take walk-ins if you have materials available for additional students (maximum twelve). The registration desk will coordinate walk-in students.

6.  The Gourd Gathering will add $5.00 to the price of your class as part of the student fee.

WHAT IS NEW for 2020

I would like to start a new tradition to help build community and recognition in our gathering. I would like the Gourd Gathering at Cherokee instructors to acknowledge the instructors and influencers who helped them become the instructors they are today. This can be as simple as noting a gourd artist who has helped you think outside of the box or stretch your skills, or thanking someone who has helped you develop this particular class. We are all influenced from so many directions and it will help build strength in our community of gourders as we recognize these influences. 

At the end of your class description, please thank the person or persons that helped you develop or inspired your class, or someone who taught you this technique/project in the past. 


(My class for the NC Gourd FestivalJ

Explore the endless possibilities of acrylic skins. In class, each student will pour two skins to take home (it takes 48-72 hours to dry, approximately a week to cure). The skins will be stored in boxes to be picked up Sunday afternoon. If you are not here on Sunday, you need to make arrangements for someone to pick up your skins. The instructor will provide acrylic skins already cured and everyone will make six cabochon pendants to use as future gourd embellishments. Instructor will provide tips on how to directly apply an acrylic skin on a gourd. If you have any questions, please email me.  

I want to thank Tonia Owen for all of her help in developing this class.

Another example:

Create miniature ornaments, the perfect size to add to a small holiday tree or to add as a topper to a gift bag or present. Participants will be guided through the process of applying inks to create colorful one-of-a-kind ornaments. Each participant will make a set of 12. 

This technique was developed by Suzi Nonn. I appreciate her generosity in allowing me to teach this class.

 This year we will not accept a class that was developed/taught by another instructor without written permission from the original instructor.



1. Fill out the Cherokee Class Information Form. The link to this form is:

You need to fill this form for EACHclass you are planning to teach. 

3. Send a color photo of each class project (please save the file as: Last name, and EXACT name of the class). Send photo to

4. Send a photo of yourself (please save the file as Last name-First name) Send photo to

Fees: Instructor fees are $8 per class. Instead of mailing the fees in early, they will be subtracted from your check at the end of the Gourd Gathering.

Payment: Instructors will receive payment on Sunday morning.

Instructor requirements:
At the Gathering, all instructors must provide and do the following: 

  • Plastic table covers. 
  • Extension cords and outlet strips for your class. 
  • Sweep/clean up after your class.
  • Plan to arrive early to make sure the class area is set-up the way you want to teach.
  • A donation to our  fund-raising efforts would be appreciated.


We need your help to promote Cherokee. Please publicize Cherokee to your email list, on your Facebook page, on Twitter and on Instagram.  Let people know you will be selling and/or teaching at Cherokee.  Talk to members of your Patches and clubs. Let everyone know early so they can plan to attend.   A mention at least monthly through May will help build attendance, fill classes, and sell supplies.  Thanks for your help!

If you have questions, please email me at During the Gourd Gathering I will not be teaching, so I can be more available if you have problems.