Gourdlightartistry

Unique Handcrafted Gourd Lamps

Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania On Etsy since 2016

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Gourdlightartistry

Unique Handcrafted Gourd Lamps

Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania | 24 Sales

Announcement    *Please check out my sold listings by clicking on the number of sales next to the shop name. Many of these I could custom make for you! Please follow me on Facebook (/Gourdlightartistry)and on Instagram @Gourdlightartistry

An atmospheric journey in home decor awaits you with a gourd lamp perfect for any room in the house. An abstract sculptural art piece during the day with a magical transformation at night, adding warmth and throwing patterns of light on the walls and ceiling surrounding its' base.

I love custom orders here at Gourd Light Artistry and if you have a specific variation or design in mind, then please send me a message. Chances are that if you can dream it, I can create it!

Free domestic shipping!

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Last updated on Aug 20, 2020

*Please check out my sold listings by clicking on the number of sales next to the shop name. Many of these I could custom make for you! Please follow me on Facebook (/Gourdlightartistry)and on Instagram @Gourdlightartistry

An atmospheric journey in home decor awaits you with a gourd lamp perfect for any room in the house. An abstract sculptural art piece during the day with a magical transformation at night, adding warmth and throwing patterns of light on the walls and ceiling surrounding its' base.

I love custom orders here at Gourd Light Artistry and if you have a specific variation or design in mind, then please send me a message. Chances are that if you can dream it, I can create it!

Free domestic shipping!

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Jane Mawson

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About Gourdlightartistry

Sales 24
On Etsy since 2016

I'm a third generation artist living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen.

Hi, welcome to my shop! Gourd Light Artistry is a new venture for me, having previously spent many years in both photography and stained glass work.

I'm not sure I know how I happened upon gourds for a medium but I fell in love with their history, uses, and artistic possibilities very quickly.

I began my work with gourds making vases with the use of pyrography, a method of burning decorative patterns on the surface, a technique I still use from time to time. I then moved on to creating table, pendant and scone lighting.

Currently I am focusing my energy into creating unique accent lamps because they're very magical and I'm fascinated by the atmosphere they create. It is important to me that they are beautiful in the light and in the dark so it can take me a month or more for completion of each lamp.

The process for making one of these lamps is very involved. The gourd is dried for up to a year so that it becomes a hollow vessel. It is then cleaned, sanded, and coated in nourishing beeswax and oil to provide hydration for durability and seals the pores of the surface wood. The surface is perforated with hundreds of holes, depending on the design, and then carefully carved. After the bulk of this work is complete, I add colors to the untouched part of the surface using dyes, inks, stains, and paint. I then coat the piece with a lacquer finish to protect it and add additional support.

The gourds I use have either been handpicked by Amish farmers in Pennsylvania or local villagers in Mali.

As for the lamp bases upon which the shades are placed I create my own bases using metals, ceramic and wood. At this time I am starting to pair my shades with midcentury lamp bases because I think the unusual look of the lamps from that time period are a good complement to the designs I create. The lamps in this style will be coming soon. They will generally be priced a bit higher than some of my other pieces due to the value of these lamp bases to collectors.

I feel that each lamp has its own personality although there are modifications I can make upon request with regard to coloring and base type if a commission is requested.

When packaging my lamps to ship I make a point of only using either previously used or recycled materials. You can be certain that whatever is cushioning your lamp, even if it is non sustainable materials, has at least gotten a second use and I encourage all my customers to save and reuse the packing materials that come with your purchase. Every small step helps the planet. Remember, Reuse and Recycle!

A purchase of one of my lamps is an investment in visual and spiritual pleasure you will be glad you made!

Shop members

  • Jane Mawson

    Owner

    Third generation American artist

  • Snowflake

    Assistant

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Last updated on Jun 16, 2017
Frequently asked questions
Can I use any lightbulb in my gourd lamp?

No. You must never use more than a 15 watt incandescent or a 40watt equivalent led bulb in your lamp. I sell my lamps packaged with the bulb I feel works best for them and it is usually a 7 watt incandescent bulb or a 20 watt equivalent led bulb.

How do I clean my gourd lamp

The gourd lamps need no other care than occasional dusting. You definitely don't want to use any type of cleaner on them as it could ruin the surface finish.