We have been working on producing gourds for a new show we have entered for this fall. It's the art show at Ball's Falls Conservation area near St. Catharine's, ON.
It has been going for several years and has a reputation for offering fine arts and crafts, so we are hoping that we will do well. Gourds in Ontario are not big sellers in most markets.
I have been weaving and coiling on several pieces, which I refer to as my production gourds, since they are geared to sell and are not extremely complicated, so I can do them fairly quickly. I haven't really been exploring my more complex coiling designs for a year or so. I'm hoping to find my muse one day soon and get motivated.
GARY'S FUSCHIA VASE
This gourd is tall and slim and very delicate looking. It is constructed of three pieces
of gourd, fully carved and the centre section gessoed and pencil crayoned.
The second section is also carved and gives a 3D effect to the base. The gourd was left unfinished and sealed with Deft.
The top few inches of the gourd have been carved through in a leaf pattern with the motif from the base repeated. Below the pencil crayoned section, there is an additional section of sculptural carving. Both these sections have been left natural and sealed with Deft.
This is one of my weaving pieces. I used paper core, danish cord, dyed reed and pandora-style glass beads. It is quite large.
from a gourd piece and attached.
More to come, since we need to have a lot more stock for October. I'm going to have to stop sitting on my thumbs and actually start producing.