2019 Ohio Gourd Show Workshop Information

Sunday Workshops for Young Gourd Enthusiasts
For the past couple years, Sunday Workshops have not been offered at the Ohio Gourd Show. As a special feature for the 2019 Show, three Sunday afternoon workshops will be presented specifically for young gourd enthusiasts. Please look for these projects under the Sunday Schedule.

Skill Levels
Please note that workshop descriptions state the skill level required for each project. These are somewhat subjective, but are meant to guide workshop participants. The levels are:
  B – This is a beginner level project, specifically designed for a person who is new to a technique or is not yet proficient in it.
  I – Intermediate projects require that a participant be familiar with a particular technique and have basic skills in it. This workshop will benefit the artist who is interested in becoming more proficient.
  A – Advanced projects require that a participant be familiar with a particular technique and be very comfortable with skills in it. This workshop will benefit the artist interested in fine-tuning proficiency.
  All – All participants, regardless of training and experience, are welcome to join in the project. The leader is prepared to teach all of the skills required to complete the work.

Reservations
OGS will collect all workshop fees in advance of the Show. Please use the  reservation form. Participants must be aware that a workshop may be canceled if the class is too small. September 20, 2019 is the final date for advance registrations, changes or cancellations. Class sizes will be determined on that date. Finally, OGS reminds you that you must attend the workshop for which you are registered. You may not switch workshops at the Show. Walk-in participants are welcome for those workshops having space remaining. Reservations are recommended, however, so that workshop leaders can be aware of the size for each workshop.
rience, are welcome to join in the project. The leader is prepared to teach all of the skills required to complete the work.
 
 
 


Gourd Workshops – 2019

Friday Morning, 9 a.m. - Noon
 
1.  Three-way Apple Gourd Dream Catcher -- Leader:   Miriam Fankhauser

Cost: $25    Level: B    Min/Max: 1/6    Time: FAM 

Summary: Gourds will be mostly cleaned and opened with circles. Participants will finish cleaning the outside of the gourd, gut and clean the inside of the gourd, seal outside and paint inside, drill holes and weave three rings on the apple gourd. While the size of the apple gourds may vary, they will be in the range of 8” tall. The leader provides all supplies, but participants should bring a hand drill with 1/16” and 1/4” or 3/8” bits. 



 2. Enchanting Woodland Gourdhouse -- Leader: Vikkie Mustad 

Cost: $45   Level: All   Min/Max: 1/8    Time: FAM 

Summary: This whimsical woodland house is created from a gourd. In the workshop, it will be painted using a faux birch technique and then decorated with natural materials. Each participant will create one decorative birdhouse, fairy or gnome house, suitable for the garden or home. Each house is about 9 inches tall. The leader furnishes all items necessary to finish one house. Participants are encouraged to bring an apron and a positive attitude, the leader supplies everything else



3. Half Jack or Halloween Cat, Door Decor -- Leader: Jane Weller

Cost: $40    Level: All     Min/Max: 2/12      Time: FAM 

Summary: Make an illuminated Half Jack or Half Halloween Cat that will fit against your door or wall and welcome everyone with a glowing face. A gourd half will be supplied and you will color it with paint or ink. Then we will use a mini saw to cut a toothy smile or whatever features you like. Patterns will be available or you can design your own. Choose from a variety of ribbons and embellishments to decorate it. Then place a battery tea light inside. Please bring a mini saw if you can, but the leader can cut or help students who do not have one. All materials and a tutorial will be supplied. 



 4. Decorative Bowl – Pine Needles -- Leader: Sheryl Scott 

Cost: $45    Level: All    Min/Max: 2/15     Time: FAM 

Summary: Learn to weave pine needles around the rim of a bowl, leather dye the gourd, and finish the inside of the gourd bowl with a Halloween, Fall or Christmas finish. Participants should bring an apron and gloves. 



5. Wood Burned Quilt Sampler --Leader: Katie Westmoreland 

Cost: $ 45    evel: I     Min/Max: 2/10     Time: FAM 

Summary: Participants will be shown many ways to use different types of woodburning tips, including different patterns to make a quilt. Our canvas will be a 3-5” cannonball gourd. We will also learn how to make equal spaces for each quilt square. Participants should bring a woodburner with a writing, ball, or your favorite tip. All other materials are provided. 



Friday Afternoon, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

6. Scarecrow -- Leader: Heidi Williams 

Cost: $40    Level: All     Min/Max: 1/10 T    ime: FPM 

Summary: Each participant will create a 6” scarecrow in this workshop. The scarecrow will be painted and a hat added. Finally you will make and add a floral embellishment. Since this is a painting project, it is suggested that participants wear an apron or older clothes. 



7. Decorative Bowl - Coiling -- Leader: Sheryl Scott 

Cost: $40    Level: All     Min/Max: 2/15     Time: FPM 

Summary: Learn to coil the rim of a small decorative bowl, as well as leather dye the bowl and add seed beads to the coiling. Participants should bring a small needle for threading beads, and apron and gloves.




8. The Fox -- Leader: Katie Westmoreland 

Cost: $45      Level: I      Min/Max: 2/10      Time: FPM 

Summary: On a 5-7” gourd we will design our fox using wood burned lines. Next we will make fur with our wood burner. Finally we will give our fox some color with prismacolor pencils – making him a “Fancy” Fox, no doubt. Participants should bring a wood burner with a skew tip (we will need to go into the shell of the gourd), and a basic set of color pencils (I will be using prismacolor pencils). 



9. Potpourri Gourd Bowl and Pendant -- Leader: Jane Weller

Cost: $40      Level: All       Min/Max: 2/12     Time: FPM 

Summary: Create a cute “birds nest” potpourri bowl, an aroma therapy pendant and your own potpourri in this workshop. A cut and cleaned gourd will be provided for you to transform into a bird's nest with inks and/or paint, and you will also make a small bird from a spinner gourd. All natural potpourri will be made with materials like wood curls, pine cones, dried fruit and flowers, spices and essential oils. A Tennessee Spinner Gourd will be used to make a decorated pendant which can be used as an aroma therapy necklace, car freshener or sachet. All materials and a tutorial will be provided. 



10. Beaded and Chip Carved Bowl -- Leader: Nancy and John Chlpka 

Cost: $50      Level: All      Min/Max: 1/8      Time: FPM 

Summary: Participants will complete a beaded and chip carved bowl using a 6- 7” gourd. You will lay out and chip carve a design to border a vintage wildlife pin. After dyeing and sealing the gourd, participants will weave a glass beaded design on the rim. It is suggested that you bring an apron or work shirt. All materials are supplied. 


Saturday Morning, 9 a.m. - Noon
 
11. The Gourd Basket -- Leader: Sheryl Scott 

Cost: $50      Level: All      Min/Max: 2/18      Time: SAM 

Summary: Learn to cut and weave  natural pine onto a gourd basket. A 7" martin house gourd will provide the basic form. Participants should bring a pair of wire clippers and a drying rag. 



12. Potpourri Gourd Bowl and Pendant -- Leader: Jane Weller

Cost: $40      Level: All       Min/Max: 2/12     Time: SAM 

Summary: Create a cute “birds nest” potpourri bowl, an aroma therapy pendant and your own potpourri in this workshop. A cut and cleaned gourd will be provided for you to transform into a bird's nest with inks and/or paint, and you will also make a small bird from a spinner gourd. All natural potpourri will be made with materials like wood curls, pine cones, dried fruit and flowers, spices and essential oils. A Tennessee Spinner Gourd will be used to make a decorated pendant which can be used as an aroma therapy necklace, car freshener or sachet. All materials and a tutorial will be provided. 



13. Faded Glory -- Leader: Katie Westmoreland 

Cost: $55      Level: B,I      Min/Max: 2/10      Time:SAM

Summary: Carving this sampler design of a faded glory flag will get you a great start on all different ways to carve. We will add color with transparent acrylic paint and then antique it. This workshop, however, will focus on carving. A nice rim can be added later outside the workshop. Participants should bring a rotary tool with ball burrs, skin removing burrs, and finishing burrs. Just bring what you have, the leader will share hers. All other materials are provided. 



14. Beaded Gourd Wall Pocke -- Leader: Nancy and John Chlpka 

Cost: $45      Level: All      Min/Max: 1/8      Time: SAM 

Summary: Participants will complete a gourd wall pocket using a 6-8”, prepared canteen gourd. After dyeing, sealing and drilling holes, you will triple weave the rim using a variety of beads. An apron or work shirt is suggested. All materials are supplied. 


Saturday Afternoon, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
 
15. Dancing Wizardess Doll -- Leader: Donna Hutmacher

Cost: $25       Level: All     Min/Max: 3/8      Time: SPM      

Summary: Participants will build the Dancing Wizardess using gourds, glue, quick wood and acrylic paint. Dolls will be 8-10 inches tall and about 10 inches wide. You should bring a medium sized bottle neck gourd, and a gourd jig saw and sander if you have them. I will supply hot glue and glue guns, gourd scrapers, doll hair, quick wood, paint and brushes, cleanup supplies, sandpaper, lace trim, dust masks and written instructions. .



 16. Enchanting Woodland Gourdhouse -- Leader: Vikkie Mustad 

Cost: $45   Level: All   Min/Max: 1/8    Time: SPM 

Summary: This whimsical woodland house is created from a gourd. In the workshop, it will be painted using a faux birch technique and then decorated with natural materials. Each participant will create one decorative birdhouse, fairy or gnome house, suitable for the garden or home. Each house is about 9 inches tall. The leader furnishes all items necessary to finish one house. Participants are encouraged to bring an apron and a positive attitude, the leader supplies everything else



17. Create a Snowman-- Leader: Sheryl Scott

Cost: $55       Level:      Min/Max: 1/10      Time: SPM      

Summary: In this workshop, you will make one snowman. These snowmen are made from two cannonball gourds, and in the middle is a glass bowl with snow. We will add a handmade hat, scarves, a base and snow around the middle and bottom. The leader will provide all materials.



 
18.  Birdhouse -- Leader: Heidi Williams 

Cost:  $45  Level: All    Min/Max: 1/10      Time: SPM

Summary: During this workshop. Participants will paint an 8” birdhouse. You will learn how to paint bricks, make an opening and add a hanger. Since this is a painting project, it is suggested that participants wear an apron or older clothes.



 
19. Half Jack or Halloween Cat, Door Decor -- Leader: Jane Weller

Cost: $40    Level: All     Min/Max: 2/12      Time: SPM 

Summary: Make an illuminated Half Jack or Half Halloween Cat that will fit against your door or wall and welcome everyone with a glowing face. A gourd half will be supplied and you will color it with paint or ink. Then we will use a mini saw to cut a toothy smile or whatever features you like. Patterns will be available or you can design your own. Choose from a variety of ribbons and embellishments to decorate it. Then place a battery tea light inside. Please bring a mini saw if you can, but the leader can cut or help students who do not have one. All materials and a tutorial will be supplied. 



 
20. Magnolia Gourd -- Leader: Katie Westmoreland 

Cost:  $55  Level: I    Min/Max: 2/10      Time: SPM

Summary: We will be bringing a little of the South up north with this carved magnolia design. The workshop will be a combination of woodburning and “stipple” carving to add texture and depth to the design. The pattern is finished off with a splash of blue paint in the background. Participants should bring a rotary tool with various sizes of ball burrs, and a wood burner with writing, ball or skew tip. All other supplies are furnished by the leader.


Sunday Afternoon, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Workshops for Young Gourd Enthusiasts



 
21.  There is a Mouse in the House -- Leader: Linda Rose

Cost: $10 Level: All Min/Max: 1/10 Time: SUN

Summary: Welcome kids 8 and over. In this two-hour workshop (1-3 p.m.), you will be making this cute little mouse from a 3” x 2” egg gourd. You will use acrylic paint, some felt and twine for its tail. If time allows you can make two...one for yourself and one for a friend. I encourage your own creativity. All supplies are provided, but you may want to bring an apron to protect your



   22. Gourdwood Derby! -- Leader: Vikkie Mustad

Cost: $10  Level: All     Min/Max: 1/10    Time: SUN

Summary: Have fun learning about gourds! We will create a Mario (red) or Luigi (green) miniature car from two gourds. The gourds will sit on a small wheeled kart-base suitable for racing (powered by gravity). At the end of the 2-hour class (1-3 p.m.), you can participate in a fun racing competition - the Gourdwood Derby!! There is a minimum age of 8 without a parent; no minimum if a parent joins the workshop (no charge for the parent).



23.  Giraffe -- Leader: Heidi Williams
Cost:   $10  Level: All    Min/Max:   1/10 Time:  SUN

Summary: We will create a 3” giraffe in this workshop. The giraffe will be painted, and ears will be added to the gourd. We will learn to create spots with shading. This workshop is for anyone 6 years of age and older. Since this is a painting project, it is suggested that participants wear an apron or older clothes.


Special feature for 2019



 
Gourds 101 – Sunday at 1:00 pm. -- Leader: Christina Voise

Min/Max: 2/20   Cost $10

If you are new to the world of gourds, this Gourds 101 class is for you! From growing and drying, to cleaning, crafting and competition, you will learn the basics for a successful start. Handouts will be provided. Allow approximately one hour plus time for questions and a gourd cleaning demonstration.




“Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist when we grow up.”
 - Pablo Picasso

Please join the Ohio Gourd Society in thanking our talented leaders for sharing their skills and resources through Ohio's workshop program.

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The Ohio Gourd Society is Proud to Introduce Workshop and Class Leaders for the 2019 Ohio Gourd Show

Nancy and John Chlpka - Nancy and John live in western Pennsylvania with their dogs and a flock of Guinea hens. Both are gourd artists participating in art festivals, teaching classes and presenting programs to art guilds and garden clubs.

Miriam Fankhauser - Miriam has taught Native American culture and literature for several years at the university level. She was taught to weave dream catchers by a Native American woman and given permission to do so. Participating in powwows, she has made dream catchers since the early 2000s. Miriam incorporates Native American music into the background of
her workshops and will talk about Native American culture as questions or time allow.

Donna Hutmacher – Donna has been a participant in the Ohio Gourd Show for 10 of the past 15 years. She notes that her dolls have placed first in the Ohio competition four times, and second in three additional shows. Donna says, “I am a stained glass artist, wire sculptor, and potter.” She is a retired occupational therapist, and has instructed gourd classes for 15 years for the National Wild Turkey Federation during their annual “Women in the Outdoors” events.

Vikkie Mustad - Vikkie has been an active member of the Ohio Gourd Society since 2006 and is a past editor of the Gourd Greetings newsletter for the Ohio Chapter. She is a self-taught gourd farmer, artist and instructor. Vikkie loves learning and has traveled the world in search of unique gourd experiences!

Linda Rose – Linda has been a gourd artist for 20 years. She has sold her art in gift shops and craft shows. At the Ohio State Fair, Linda has won many ribbons including four best of show awards. She has taught classes both in her home and in the community.

Sheryl Scott – Sheryl started crafting gourds 24 years ago. She and her husband Tim have been growing gourds commercially for five years, and are well known by the business name “Front Porch Gourds.” For several years, Sheryl and Tim have been traveling to state gourd shows that are fairly close to their farm in Munfordville, KY. They have a shop and warehouse for
crafting gourds, selling gourds, and for shipping orders.

Christina Voise – Christina is the current volunteer Publicity Director for the Ohio Gourd Society. She has been growing and crafting gourds for over 20 years. Birdhouses and bird feeders are her specialty, which allows her to combine her love for both gourds and wildlife.

Jane Weller - Jane lives on a farm in northwest Ohio and has always had an appreciation of nature and art. She attended the Dayton Art Institute in the 70's. Jane says, “I enjoy creating with gourds because of their natural beauty and versatility.” She is skilled in many different techniques and her favorites include woodburning, designing, painting and cutting. Her artwork includes
jewelry, luminaries, bowls, and other functional, creative gourd art pieces. Jane has been working with gourds for over 15 years, and has exhibited gourd art, taught workshops, and won a number of gourd-related awards.

Katie Westmoreland – Katie tells us, “Katie is my name and gourds are my game! My passion was found in 2008 while attending my very first gourd show in Alabama. I knew then that I wanted to grow gourds for others to make their creations. I had been crafting all of my life, but had to put it down for ten years. Then I discovered so many things that people were
doing with a gourd. Everything I saw I wanted to do! A self-taught artist, I started growing them, taking classes, playing with different mediums and have not been bored with them yet. It's true what they say, 'Gourds are a way of life'. Sharing is an exciting way to pass on knowledge, tips and tricks that have been learned over time. It's always exciting to see faces light up
when there is that moment when you relay a message and someone else is able to apply it to their creation. I am looking forward to many more years with gourds and gourd folks.”

Heidi Williams – Heidi has taught art for adults and children in both Florida and Ohio. She is a member of the Florida Society of Decorative Painters.Her art work incorporates wood and canvas, and since 2001 she has also been painting gourds. First place ribbons for her work have been earned at the Ohio Gourd Show and also at the Florida State Fair. In addition to her
painting and gourd work, Heidi sews, creates jewelry and knits. Please join the Ohio Gourd Society in thanking these talented artists for sharing their skills and talents.

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