~ elegant carved, painted and hand-crafted gourds ~

Georgetown, Texas

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Last updated on Jan 12, 2020

Give the gift of beauty to yourself or your loved ones! Exquisitely carved, wood burned and painted gourds make excellent gifts, vases, decorations, centerpieces, add a focal point to any room and make a great piece of fine art that you will enjoy for many years to come. Check out my blog/website at
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Janet Comontofski

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About BeautifulGourdArt

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On Etsy since 2014

Unique, hand-painted, carved and wood-burned gourds created with passion and always with attention to detail.

I inherited the artistic gene from my mom's side of the family. I have been drawing, painting, stitching and creating for as long as I can remember. I spent a lot of my childhood and teen years designing and building miniature houses, drawing floor plans, and even designing entire cities!

I remember learning needlepoint when I was 5 years old on a cross-country family trip in 1967 and still enjoy spending time doing cross stitch projects. Also as a kid, I made wax candles on the stove, did Doodle Art, paint-by-numbers, and everything else that was popular back in the 70's.

In high school the main art class choice was drawing. I didn't like it much though because I was limited to drawing what the instructor wanted (bowl of fruit, open candy wrapper, squirrel, etc). That didn't inspire anything in me.

After my college years, I began taking stained glass classes and fell in love with it! I finally had the freedom to create my own designs, choose my own glass colors and add all the tiny details I love. I won many ribbons at local fairs and sold my creations for several years.

I have dabbled in watercolor painting which is difficult for me, as I am a perfectionist. I need defined boarders, logic and details - the opposite of what watercolor painting is all about. But it still intrigues me because I don't understand how having just the impression of a scene is okay.

As an avid gardener and self-proclaimed country girl, one day in 2007 in the garden shop, I saw gourd seeds for sale. I knew they would be fun to grow and experiment with, so when my crop at the end of the season numbered around 25, I figured I'd better get creative.

I bought a book and inexpensive wood burner and excitedly cut and burned and painted away. My first gourd project wasn't great, but it ignited a passion that continues to grow each day.

Eventually I happened upon a wonderful lady by the name of Tricia Burbank who taught gourd classes and I eagerly took time off work to attend her classes. Boy oh boy, I couldn't get enough. Since those few classes, I have studied books on techniques and practiced over and over.

I have learned several painting techniques, rim coiling using pine needles, dried reeds and yarn, and many carving techniques. My absolute favorite thing to do is carve with power carving tools. There are several new techniques I'm dying to learn and practice. So much to learn, so little time!

One of the main reasons I love working with gourds is that each one is different and allows me to create something unique with each one. Sometimes I get wild ideas in my head and have to go find the perfect gourd. Other times I start with the gourd and let it show me what it wants. I love trying to transfer the ideas in my head on to the gourds.

Several of my gourd creations have been entered in the Nevada County Fair and the Nevada County Harvest Fair. I have won lots of ribbons including Best of Show ribbons!
What a confidence boost that is!!

I am never more happy than when I am creating a beautiful work of art.

Shop members

  • Janet Comontofski

    Owner, Craftist Extraordinaire

  • Winston and Marley

    Co-chiefs Of Inspiration

    Who knew my assistants could be so cute? They keep me on task and I allow them to nap on the job.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 29, 2016
These gourds are my passion, each one made with love. I am very careful to make sure they are excellent quality, sturdy, and packed snug and tight for travel to your home. I want you to love them as much as I do. If you have any questions, concerns or problems, please contact me.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
If your gourd arrives damaged, the full purchase price will be refunded minus the insurance and shipping costs. Please ship it back to me within 2 weeks. The buyer is responsible for return shipping and insurance charges.
I accept PayPal, Direct Checkout (credit card) and Etsy Gift Cards. I will ship your gourd usually within 2 days after receipt of payment.
I will notify you to let you know I have received your purchase order.

Your carefully packed gourd will usually be shipped within 2 days from receipt of payment, even though my shop says 3-5 days. Most items will be sent USPS Priority Mail unless it requires a large box in which case, it may be sent UPS or FedEx.

USPS Priority Mail usually arrives in 4-5 days. I will notify you when I ship your package and will include the tracking number so you can track your gourd as she travels to her new home.

If you would like shipping upgraded for an additional fee, contact me.

If you are purchasing multiple items, I will try to bundle them together and any unused shipping cost will be refunded.

All items are insured once they are mailed, so I am not responsible for anything that happens during the shipping process and that includes lost or stolen, damaged or missing packages and acts of God.
Additional policies and FAQs
I will communicate with you for the following reasons: to let you know I received your purchase order, that I shipped your order, if I need to clarify your order, and to follow up to make sure you are happy with your new gourd.

I respect your privacy and have no intention of ever sharing my customer names or your personal information with anyone else. If you want to stay in contact, it will be up to you to initiate that contact.