While working on my next big piece, I’ve been contemplating the art I’ve made during January in the past few years. Not only did I find that the pieces were some of my best, but three of the past four have won an award of some sort!
2014 – Date Night (formerly Colored Pear Illuminated) – 1st gourd lamp, won 3rd place in sculpture at 2014 Celebration of the Arts
2015 – Teddy’s Balloon – made for my little man – 1st place in Gourd Magazine Spring 2017 Craft contest (resulting in featured artist for Summer issue)
2016 – Ascension – Honorable Mention at 2016 Artworks Members Only show
2017 – Dream – My largest piece to date – sold during my first setup at the Kentucky Crafted Market
Stay tuned for this year’s creation 😁
Ascension (2016) (9″ x 9″) Hand drawn over Christmas break (2015) and completed in January 2016. This gourd features various patterns, ascending upwards with contrasting designs and divergent directions, symbolizing the varying paths I’ve taken while growing my skill and ability with gourd art. Embellished with pyrography, cutting, and carving.
This piece has been in two juried shows, while being awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Artworks Members’ Juried Show (sponsored by the great Cheree Federico Photography).
Introducing Teddy’s Balloon. This piece means a lot to me, and is one of the few pieces that I will never part with. This gourd lamp is named for, and made for, a very special someone. Don’t worry, I’ll talk more about him later. This lamp will hang over a glider in his room.
This hot air balloon inspired gourd lamp is made of two gourds, one for the balloon and basket, the other for the tiny bear riding along. The balloon hangs, with the support of the lighting cord, which includes a standard size light bulb for beautiful night light views.
Here’s a look at the next two 2014 Halloween gourd lamps: Jolly Qualls & Gourd-o-Lantern 1.
Jolly Qualls gourd lamp
Jolly Qualls gourd lamp (night)
Gourd-o-Lantern 1 gourd lamp
Gourd-o-Lantern 1 (night)
Gourd-o-Lantern 1 (night, back)
I’ve finally moved up into the “website” world. I’ve been on Facebook forever, tried just a simple blog, and have been growing my marketing skills along the way. I’m hoping to continue to update this page, as I’m hoping to make it one of my steady communication homes. We shall surely see. But for now, here’s more about me…
As you have possibly read on the Home screen, I’ve began woodburning several years ago. I’ve grown tremendously since the Christmas ornaments I first made as my first projects. My current passions lay with creating gourd art, along with custom projects made for others. As I’ve grown, my skills and passions have also grown. I’m now at a point that I like to share and help others grow. In 2014 I’ll be having pyrography (woodburning) classes at a local gallery here in Bowling Green, KY. The gallery is Gallery 916, and the class series is Learn & Burn: Wood Burning. As of right now, the classes will be held on 2nd & 4th Mondays, at 6:30 p.m. The goal of the classes is to teach the art of pyrography through creating various projects. Each class will be a different project (upcoming class is Custom Clocks: creating your very own custom clock). Make sure to check out, Like, and keep up with the Facebook page designated for this class series: http://www.facebook.com/learnandburnart
Thank you 🙂