JRAGourdArt

Original Gourd Art, Ornaments, Bowls and more...

Lititz, Pennsylvania · 364 Sales

JRAGourdArt

Original Gourd Art, Ornaments, Bowls and more...

Lititz, Pennsylvania 364 Sales On Etsy since 2006

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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 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 7, 2017

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 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

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Updates

It is a blustery day here. Perfect day to enjoy some tea and make more Christmas ornaments!

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40 new egg gourds sanded with 600 grit ultra fine sandpaper- they are now ready to be woodburned and made into Christmas ornaments!

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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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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 website to if you would like to see past artwork, visit my blog and sign up for my newsletter, don't worry I do not send these very often so I promise not to clog your inbox! http://www.jragourdart.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 11, 2017
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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Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
I don't accept 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
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.

Buyer pays for return shipping.
Payment
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.

US shipments: 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.

I have no control over what happens after it leaves my hands. I make every effort to make sure the piece is well packed and safe in it's box. I am not responsible for items lost in the mail, nor do I have any control over items in customs. If you would prefer a different shipping service or features added please contact me.
Additional policies and FAQs
Updated policy, please read:

CUSTOM ORDERS:
*I will accept custom orders on a case by case basis. Please keep in mind I reserve the right to turn down a custom order if it is not the type of work I normally do. For instance, I will not do a portrait of your kids on a gourd. I would consider a picture of your pet!

*I only accept orders through Etsy, please do not ask to complete the order outside of Etsy.

*I do not repeat designs. You may look through my sold items and request something similar, but all my work is one of a kind and will remain that way.

*Please try to be very clear what you are asking for, for instance: if you ask for a Celtic Cat, specify that you want a cat done in Celtic style, or a cat done in a realistic style surrounded by knot work.

*I will send you a estimate time frame for completion, which begins after payment and acceptance of design. This allows for any changes you decide on. Once the design is accepted by you and I begin burning there can be no changes. I will submit preliminary sketches and in progress photos upon request. Some people request not to receive this and prefer to be surprised by the art piece I design. That is entirely up to you.

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