KaysOffHerGourd

Kay's Off Her Gourd, where gourds become art.

Augusta, Georgia On Etsy since 2016

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KaysOffHerGourd

Kay's Off Her Gourd, where gourds become art.

Augusta, Georgia | 155 Sales

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About KaysOffHerGourd

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On Etsy since 2016

From Gourds to Art

Kay's Off Her Gourd started in September of 2011, when I first touched a gourd. At that time, I was a music teacher, with photography as a hobby (http://fineartamerica.com/artists/kay+lovingood). A stranger who saw a display of my photography suggested that I join the North Augusta Artists Guild so I could exhibit with them. So I did.

At my third guild meeting, we were to paint gourds as a fun activity. I had never touched a gourd. I had never painted. But I borrowed a brush and used someone else's paint. That evening, people kept telling me how cute my gourd was turning out, and asking how I came up with the idea to paint a duck. (The answer is that the gourd was shaped like a duck. I just painted the whole thing white, with a bit of orange on the stem and a few black lines to outline the feathers. But they liked it!)

Their encouragement, plus the fact that my little duck sold (!), was all it took. I found a gourd farm close by and started making things, mostly bird houses and feeders at that time. As friends saw my work, they would ask me to make something for them.

Soon gourds were taking all of my time outside of teaching. I was working in my garage until almost midnight some nights. But I was happy there. Something had to give. So I retired from teaching after 27 years. I don't miss teaching at all; gourds are my life now. My imagination gives me everything I need for this phase of my life.

I enjoy the whole process of gourd art, from shopping at the farm, to cleaning them (maybe not so much), to deciding what to make, all the way to seeing the final product. I've learned my way around Lowe's and Home Depot; I've learned to use power tools; I've learned how to wire lamps. I've moved from mostly using acrylic paint to using dye, because I love the unique markings on each gourd; and dye lets them show through the color. I've watched YouTube videos and DVD tutorials to learn new things. I'm excited! And every time I make something, whether it's new or whether I've made something similar before, I immerse myself into the art and let the world go by without me.

Thanks for stopping by. While you're here, I hope you see something you like. If not, please check back often, because you never know what I might make next. And if something you see sparks an idea in your mind, please contact me; I'll be glad to make it for you.

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  • Kay Lovingood

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    For years, artistry has been lurking in Kay's mind, while she pursued a career teaching music. She enjoyed sketching, and created her own bulletin boards, while teaching, singing, and playing tuba. One day, she picked up a gourd. Wow! Look!

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Last updated on Nov 10, 2019
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Gift wrapping and packaging

What service do you use for shipping? — I use USPS, because I’ve found it to be the best bargain for my customers and because I’ve found it to be quite reliable, both in delivering in time and in getting my items safely to their destination.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Why don’t you offer free shipping? — It’s true that I don’t offer free shipping on many of my items. We all know that “free” shipping isn’t really free. The maker simply raises the original price to include shipping costs. Many Etsy items will slide into a padded envelope or a “one price” box; and they can go anywhere within the US with no extra cost. My items, though, require a box larger than USPS offers, so that option isn’t available for my shop. And shipping 100 miles is a much different cost than shipping 2500 miles. I don’t want the customers who live close to have to bear the extra cost that would be built into a free shipping. I think it’s more fair to my customers to simply pay for shipping. I’m using the best and lowest option.

Sizing details

Why is my item not the size you estimated? — Every Gourd is different in size, being created by a creative God, not a plastic mold. In trying to find a gourd the right shape and thickness, I will fudge on the size just a bit, if necessary. I don’t have my own gourd farm. Nor do I have a large storage space for gourds waiting to become art. I try to keep a variety of gourds; but in the end, I must use what I have, if it’s close the the right size and shape. That’s the nature of natural materials.