Dazzling Mirror Sun Catchers, Contemporary Gourd Art

Jay, Oklahoma · 134 Sales


Dazzling Mirror Sun Catchers, Contemporary Gourd Art

Jay, Oklahoma 134 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars

Shop owner

jan meng


Announcement   There's no such thing as too much sparkle, too many gourds or enough bottle caps.


There's no such thing as too much sparkle, too many gourds or enough bottle caps.

jan meng

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5 out of 5 stars

samwestley on Mar 19, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely stunning great seller really nice woman to have a lovely conversation with as well


samwestley on Mar 1, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

A wonderful vendor and human being and I love the Suncatcher and it's craftsmanship. I have it hanging up outside of my Airstream trailer hits that light so well.

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Diffused sunlight through a window-size sun catcher.


Meaningful contemporary gourd art and mirror suncatchers

Because I'm a pathological gardener, folks are always giving me seeds, starts, plants. That's how I got my first gourd seeds many years ago. I planted them so innocently. Never guessing this fruit would come to rule my life. Growing them was only the beginning. The first crop was a humdinger. I had gourds everywhere. I started reading and researching all things gourd. I suspect my inner circle grew weary of the topic.

Gourds are of the garden so I'm compelled to combine them with bottle caps and pull tabs and whatever else zings me. I spend a lot of time looking at the ground. Not wanting to miss a found treasure. Family and friends save me bottle caps and pull tabs. So does the local tavern. Sometimes I have projects that require lots of both.

Gourds have long served as reliquaries. I've always shared my life with animals. My cremation gourd urns are very important to me intellectually, emotionally, artistically. I've created urns for humans too.

Gourd-using cultures are found all over the planet, Unsung gourd artists have made the mundane fabulous. I've seen anonymous gourd art that takes my breath away and keeps me humble.

The magpie in me cannot resist sparkle. My mirror suncatchers are therapeutic and flash like paparazzi. It does a body good to sit where sunlight or moonlight or streetlight falls upon the mirrors. The reflections dance across walls and floors and bring peace of mind. My neighbor across the highway tells me flashes from mirrors we have all over Hungry Holler move across her kitchen. It makes her happy. Me too.

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  • Jan Meng

    Gourdphile And Mirrorfreak

    I love asymmetry. Asymmetry is perfect. I obsess over placing a bottle cap just so, but can't abide tedious stuff.

Shop policies

Last updated on October 22, 2014
I'm frugal. I like things simple. I love the oddly beautiful. I love sparkle. I garden like a maniac. Combining useful mass-made objects like bottle caps and pop tops with one-of-a-kind botanically wonderful gourds, appeals to me on so many levels. I'm fussy about my work. It will last through generations. Most all of my work is intended for indoor use. If it's not, I will specifically mention that in the description. I love my pieces and send them out into the world to do good.

I'm mad for sparkle. I meticulously ponder and place every single glass piece in my suncatching art, for maximum dazzle.

Hungry Holler wood spoons are sculptural useful art. Each is hand-carved by the Zen Spoonmaster, creator genius of the Ugly Spoon. The ZSM etsy shop is here:

If your purchase is a gift, let me know at checkout and I'll include a hand-painted post-consumer kraft gift bag and post consumer tissue paper at no extra charge. A gourd sheet chockful of gourd lore will accompany gourd purchases. You'll be all set to bestow a one of a kind gift. Mirror suncatcher gift bags will have a touch of sparkle on them.

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I accept Paypal and the usual credit cards. Any applicable domestic taxes are mine to deal with not the buyer.
Most of the time, shipping in the USA is via USPS. For spoons and such, we use padded envelopes. When an object fits in a USPS flat rate box we usually use that. To reduce mailing costs, larger pieces are customarily shipped parcel post with tracking, and usually delivered in about seven days. Shipping to the rest of universe may require additional charges to be paid by the buyer. I'll get the details, email the buyer and we'll work it out to mutual satisfaction.

My shipping boxes and packing materials are often recycled; crumpled newspapers make up the bulk of my packing materials.
Refunds and Exchanges
I've never had anything come back. I have had one shipping claim. I refunded the buyer's money and I was reimbursed by the shipper. I'm not inclined to take stuff back unless there's a compelling reason. I don't want my work to be where it's not loved. We'd work it out.
Additional policies and FAQs
I do custom work if I'm given freedom. Micro-managed creation is no fun for either side. Details are important to me and I'll ask all kinds of questions! Then it all goes into my brain, through my hands and comes out fabulous.

If your purchase is a gift, I'm happy as a clam to include at no extra charge, a hand-painted gift bag and post consumer tissue. For gourd items, I'll include a gourd sheet that gives an overview of gourd use around the planet. Convo me and let me know!