Last week I shared with you the tremendous time I had recently at Wuertz Gourd Farm’s festival in Arizona. I definitely plan on attending each year – not only is it a place for everything gourds but the classes for gourd artists are detailed and challenging with some of the best instructors around. Unfortunately I didn’t realize just how quickly one must sign up for these classes and I missed that aspect this year but I’m determined to be one of the first to register next year.
The Arizona Gourd Society’s Judged Show was part of the festival and it is that which I want to share with you today. These pieces are lovely and unusual and showcase gourd art in the best of ways. Forget thinking of gourds as a quick answer to a birdhouse or a rolling Santa – this is what gourd artistry is all about!
Now don’t look too closely at my gourd work – I’m a work in progress! Fortunately for the newer gourd artist, a beautiful gourd can be created with just the basics. Including the more complicated procedures (that are completely new to you) before hours of practice can be problematic when you are looking to sell. All of that required practicing means we usually have a stash of practice gourds we keep completely hidden from the public’s eye. 🙂