JRAGourdArt

Gourd Art Woodland and Celtic Pyrography

Pennsylvania, United States · 262 Sales

JRAGourdArt

Gourd Art Woodland and Celtic Pyrography

Pennsylvania, United States 262 Sales On Etsy since 2006

5 out of 5 stars
(169)

Announcement   Welcome to the world of JRA Gourd Art.

*Gourds are a product of nature, therefore any gourd will have slight imperfections and no two are alike.

*The gourds that I use are called "hardshell gourds". They are a cousin of squash, cucumbers and melons in the Cucurbit family and the only vegetable that will dry and harden to a wooden like material.

*After a gourd is cured, dried and cleaned it will not rot and last as long as a piece of wood.

*All of the designs are my own, and are freehanded directly onto the gourd. The process is called "Pyrography", more commonly referred to as woodburning.

*All gourds are all finished with a UV resistant sealer to protect the pyrography, and signed on the bottom. The interiors are also sealed but putting food or water in them is not recommended.

* I would be happy to make a gourd just for you, and even personalize it. Will make a special work of art for a wedding, anniversary, birthday etc. Just convo me to discuss details.

*I do not like to repeat designs so any gourd you buy there will be never be another one exactly like it.

*To learn more about me please read my profile. Thank you for viewing and putting me in your favorites!!

Announcement
Last updated on Jul 5, 2016

Welcome to the world of JRA Gourd Art.

*Gourds are a product of nature, therefore any gourd will have slight imperfections and no two are alike.

*The gourds that I use are called "hardshell gourds". They are a cousin of squash, cucumbers and melons in the Cucurbit family and the only vegetable that will dry and harden to a wooden like material.

*After a gourd is cured, dried and cleaned it will not rot and last as long as a piece of wood.

*All of the designs are my own, and are freehanded directly onto the gourd. The process is called "Pyrography", more commonly referred to as woodburning.

*All gourds are all finished with a UV resistant sealer to protect the pyrography, and signed on the bottom. The interiors are also sealed but putting food or water in them is not recommended.

* I would be happy to make a gourd just for you, and even personalize it. Will make a special work of art for a wedding, anniversary, birthday etc. Just convo me to discuss details.

*I do not like to repeat designs so any gourd you buy there will be never be another one exactly like it.

*To learn more about me please read my profile. Thank you for viewing and putting me in your favorites!!

Jenn Avery

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Jenn Avery

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(169)
vimarjo

vimarjo on Jul 29, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I really love the cat ornament! I definitely will purchase more ornaments. This seller does beautiful work and ships your purchases very quickly! Thank you so much!!!

Annie Frykholm

Annie Frykholm on Jul 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Darling bunny artwork. Just as pictured. Very gifted artist!

Annie Frykholm

Annie Frykholm on Jul 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Lovely work of art. Detailing is exceptional!

Annie Frykholm

Annie Frykholm on Jul 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

The work on this is beautiful! Just as pictured. Came carefully wrapped.

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Updates

This is Clover, my chief gourd inspector. She always follows me when I venture into the studio. She's an artsy type of cat and source of inspiration- a muse - or shall we say- "mews"?

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Cats in Windows gourd art bowl Pyrography
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About

Hot off the vine...

My art starts from a seed. Literally. A gourd is a member of the cucurbit family, like a pumpkin or a cucumber, but way cooler! Pumpkins will rot over time, but gourds, if you care for them properly, will dry out and harden to a substance like a lightweight wood. And, will never rot! They are perfect for so many uses, and a perfect canvas for telling a story.

The process, in it's most simplistic form requires two disciplines; one, preparing the gourd for the art, and two, preparing the art for the gourd. For the first, the gourd is grown, cared for, pollinated either by hand or cucumber beetles (our pollinating ally and sometimes pests!) when the time is right the gourd is harvested and left to dry out, it takes about 9-12 months for this to happen completely. Once dried, the gourd is ready for anything! Carving, burning, painting, etc....

To prepare the art, I do a lot of sketching. I take a lot of pictures. Then I sketch some more. My inspiration comes from many sources, sometime I get an image so clear in my head it has to go on a gourd. Sometimes, I have an idea that is so fuzzy it takes a lot of brain power to clarify it enough to draw (ouch!) I love nature, and Celtic designs, and art that tells a story.

All of my work is done by hand by myself. My favorite way to decorate a gourd is by burning it. Also known as pyrography- which literally means "fire=pyro" + "writing=graphy" I use a wood burning pen and 2 different tips, one for shading and one for lines. I draw my design on the gourd lightly with a pencil, then burn it, adding details as I go along. I decide ahead of time if I can going to carve, or weave around the rim, add gold leaf or colors or stone inlay. I love to try new materials and mix techniques.

Please visit my official website to sign up for my newsletter, and receive Etsy coupons for my shop-- http://www.jragourdart.com/
Also, for more great art, visit my new blog-- http://www.jragourdart.wordpress.com/

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  • Jenn Avery

    Owner, Maker, It's All Me From Start To Finish

    I started working with gourds in 1999. I picked a few up at a nearby farm, I was smitten with the process of working three dimensionally. These are a natural canvas for my illustration...

Shop policies

Last updated on September 5, 2015
Thank you for visiting my store. My goal is to create beautiful, well-made items to the best of my ability, and try to conduct sales with the same quality of service. I do my best to include all information in the description. If you have any questions about any item please ask before you buy and I will respond promptly. Due to some country's customs laws concerning natural objects, I will honor international sales on an individual basis, please convo me first.

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All payments are taken through PayPal or through Etsy's direct checkout.
A 6% sales tax will be added to Pennsylvania orders.
Shipping
Orders are usually shipped 1-2 days of receiving payment. If you pay by direct checkout, this may take longer depending on when the bank makes the deposit, of which I have no control over.

Unless I receive a request for otherwise, I ship USPS Priority, Insured for any item in a box. Jewelry items are shipped First Class in a bubble mailer. International orders are sent First class international.

Please let me know if you prefer another shipping service, I am happy to make different arrangements. I can send an updated invoice with adjusted shipping costs if necessary.

All items are carefully wrapped and packed so that they will arrive safely to you.
Refunds and Exchanges
I make every effort to make sure everything is packed safely, but uncontrollable accidents can happen. If the item arrives broken and you contact me immediately when you receive it. Please pack and ship the broken item back to me and we will make arrangements for a refund or similar replacement.

I am confident that you will love what you buy from me. But, if for some reason you are not happy please let me know within 3 business days of receiving. We can work out a refund or a replacement.
Additional policies and FAQs
Updated policy, please read:

I am truly happy to create a custom order for you, and even personalize it for a special occasion, i.e. name, special date etc.

*To order a custom piece of gourd art, first convo me with your request, as detailed as possible. I will then give you an estimate of time and the cost, I am more than happy to work with your budget.

*I will create a custom listing for your gourd.

*When I receive payment, I will begin work on the piece. I will even send you in-progress pictures if you would like to see.

*As soon as the gourd is completed, I will contact you and it will be shipped immediately.

Keep in mind that I cannot match exact colors, as the gourd shells vary naturally and the dye chemicals do not always react the same on different gourds.

RESERVES: Due to past experiences of non-responders, I no longer put holds or reserves on items.