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Announcement    Gourd art is unique, organic, natural and beautiful. I choose pyrography (or burning the design) into the gourd to enhance the natural beauty. Enjoy.

More information about my work can be found on jragourdart.com

Follow me on Instagram #jragourdart, for new work and in progress photos.


Last updated on Jul 10, 2020

Gourd art is unique, organic, natural and beautiful. I choose pyrography (or burning the design) into the gourd to enhance the natural beauty. Enjoy.

More information about my work can be found on jragourdart.com

Follow me on Instagram #jragourdart, for new work and in progress photos.


Jenn Avery

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About JRAGourdArt

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On Etsy since 2006

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...

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Last updated on May 9, 2022
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 simply ask before you buy and I will respond promptly.

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Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 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
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.
A 6% sales tax will be added to Pennsylvania orders.
Orders are shipped 1-3 days of receiving payment.

Domestic (US) ships USPS Priority, insured.

International orders are sent First class International or Priority 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 how long items are in customs.

Any customs, duties or additional fees incurred are paid by the buyer.
Additional policies and FAQs
Updated policy, please read:

*I will consider custom orders on a case by case basis, wait times can vary depending on time of year. Please keep in mind that I reserve the right to decline any custom order that does not interest me or does not agree with the type and style of work that I typically do.

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