Thursday Morning Classes - 8:30-11:30


"Old World Santa"


Laurie Weiand

Cost: $45.00

We will be using a penguin gourd and we will turn it into an "Old World" style Santa. From forming the face out of Quick Wood and a face mold, to painting him with acrylic paint. This Santa will be a "Stand Out" with his wooly beard and a evergreen crown. Perfect for your Christmas display! 

Gourds will vary in size, from 7"-10" in hight, all depending on the curve in the neck of the Penguin gourd. I will supply the gourd as well.

Students must bring:

Apron, heat gun or blow dryer, rubber gloves and a hot glue gun.



Chipmunk Pyrography 


Jenn Avery

Cost: $44.00

Sharpen your pyrography skills by burning this cute chipmunk!  We will talk about achieving a natural look to your pyrography scene and burning textures.  Some experience in pyrography is helpful, but not absolutely necessary.  Individual attention is always a priority in my classes, and I will meet you at your level!

Students must bring:

Bring a variable temperature pyrography tool, pyro pens with a line drawing nib- like a skew or spear tip, and a shader nib is a must! 

I will provide everything else you will need.


Ridin' the Wave Punk Style


Terry and Sandy Jordan

Cost: $50.00

"Steampunk" is a subgenre of the steampunk movement in science fiction. It is a mixture of the Victorian era's romantic view of science in literature and elements from the Industrial Revolution in Europe during the 1800s. Students will learn to create this wonderful punked sea turtle from gourd and gourd pieces. 

They will start the "steam punk" process by adding silver foil to the already prepared turtle blank (students will be given templates for turtle front/back fins and instructions on how it was created). They will learn how to create a tarnished, metallic, riveted look. After completing the turtle, they will then apply stain color of choice. Next they will start adding the Turtle's punk embellishments with pieces of old jewelry, wire, cogs, washers, charms, coins, gears, wheels, etc. You can embellish your Punked Turtle with a little or a lot. You are limited only by your imagination and creativity.

Students must bring:

Scissors (bring those that can get sticky not your good ones), paint brushes, old jewelry if you like (this will be cut up), DAP Rapid Fuse All Purpose Adhesive (this can be found at Lowes or Home Depot), apron, jewelry cutters/pliers.


Blooming Dreams


Nancy Amburgey

Cost: $50.00

A small wall hanging will be made by wood burning and painting a flower during the class.  In addition, the center of the flower will include a dream catcher.  Lastly, the student can add feathers and possibly some beads to finalize the project.  Students should finish the gourd in class.  However, if they do not, instructions will be provided to finish on their own.  

Students will need to bring:  A wood burner with skewer and ball tip pens, apron, gloves and heat gun.  If a student has specific feathers or beads they would like to use please bring them also.  Beads will need to go through 4 ply waxed linen thread.


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.


Stained Glass Gourd


Crystal Lemmon

Cost: $45.00

Students will wood burn a butterfly and flower on a gourd, then using metallic paint and black cord will make the rest of the gourd resemble stained glass. 

Students should bring a wood burner.


Charming Japanese Porcelain Gourd Necklace Class


Celia Shaneyfelt

Cost: $45.00

In this class we will create a beautiful oriental porcelain necklace pendant from a  a Tennessee Spinner gourd. Students will be provided with a written instruction sheet which includes sample patterns. Student packets include a prepared jewelry size gourd and all the necessary supplies to transform it into a lovely pendant. Most students can expect to leave the class wearing their finished necklace. Because students choose the number and type of patterns used and may opt to design some of their own, each finished necklace will be unique.

Skills students will learn:

How to plan and execute a wrap around scene.

How to mix and apply correct colors and finishes to replicate Japanese ceramic artwork.

How to apply uniform finish without damaging any of the artwork.

How to attach fittings to a gourd to create a necklace.

Student should bring their apron and favorite detail brushes


Bamboo Vase


Sherry Briscoe

Cost: $40.00

In this class student will base-coat their vase black.  They will then learn how to paint bamboo and leaves by "floating" gold paint and flowers with white acrylic paint.  They will have time to practice the strokes before proceeding to paint the designs on their gourds.  After completing the painting, they will apply a sealer/varnish and attach a braided gold cord to the top of the vase.

Students should bring an apron.


F.R.O.G. (Fully Rely On God)


Sharon Holmes

Cost: $45.00

In this class you will get to make a unique green frog along with a surprise frog ornament. 

Students must bring:

An apron and heat tool


Stained Glass Window


Sheryl Scott

Cost: $50.00

You will create a beautiful landscape that looks like a stained glass window on a canteen gourd.  Using basic woodburning techniques and memories inks and pearlesence powders.  The canteen gourd will then have a woven rim using seagrass and waxed linen and the final step we will secure the gourd to a base. 

Students Must Bring:

Woodburner with a skew or blade tip, small paint brushes, hot glue gun, craft dryer, tapestry needle