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My first encounter with Celtic art was the Book of Kells, an Irish illuminated Gospel. I was struck with its intricacy and could not get it out of my mind. I love the sinuous curves and knots, seeming to come from everywhere yet meticulously ordered. My connection with the natural world, God's creation and original Art, is combined with my infatuation with the Celtic and medieval styles, inspired by old stories, fairy tales and songs. I am constantly trying to work all of these out together in my own work.

The process of gourding is involved, it involves nurturing the gourd plants, protecting them from invaders (squash bugs, cucumber beetles, squirrels etc), cleaning them when they are dirty, scraping, scooping, all this before you can even start with the "art"! But once the gourd is ready, it can be created into a variety of functional pieces of art, using a myriad of…

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  • Born on August 11
  • Joined October 29, 2006

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About

My first encounter with Celtic art was the Book of Kells, an Irish illuminated Gospel. I was struck with its intricacy and could not get it out of my mind. I love the sinuous curves and knots, seeming to come from everywhere yet meticulously ordered. My connection with the natural world, God's creation and original Art, is combined with my infatuation with the Celtic and medieval styles, inspired by old stories, fairy tales and songs. I am constantly trying to work all of these out together in my own work.

The process of gourding is involved, it involves nurturing the gourd plants, protecting them from invaders (squash bugs, cucumber beetles, squirrels etc), cleaning them when they are dirty, scraping, scooping, all this before you can even start with the "art"! But once the gourd is ready, it can be created into a variety of functional pieces of art, using a myriad of techniques. My favorite, by far, as you can see, is pyrography, which is literally, "fire-writing". All of the drawings on my gourds are sketched freehand, no stencils or transfers are used. Then I use a special woodburning "pen" that gets very hot to burn the images. This can be combined with all sorts of paints, dyes, coiling, carving ...there is always something new and different to try on a gourd, and it is the perfect canvas for any artist.

I am involved with the PA Gourd Society, in fact I am the American Gourd Society's Chi chapter's founder. I now serve as their webmaster and teach gourd classes periodically, especially at their Gourd Festival in June. www.pagourdsociety.org

When I am not working with gourds, I am a stay-at-home-homeschool mom beautiful Lancaster County PA. My family and I spend a lot of time in the natural areas that are left, and sadly, it is getting fewer and fewer. We hike, and mess about in boats, exploring what we can. I play Irish tin whistle and Irish/Scottish fiddle with my fiddling daughter, and crochet and needle felt cute little critters just for fun.

If you would like to see more of my work and sign up for my newsletter to receive special coupons, please visit my website, www.jragourdart.com

Also, for more great art, visit my new blog-- http://www.jragourdart.wordpress.com/

Thanks for visiting and God bless!

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