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Using elements from nature, learn the basics on how to clean and cut a gourd. You will learn to make a bowl or vase using hand, tools, and power tools. If you have your own gourd tools it’s to your advantage to bring them for your use. Even though instructor provides gourd cutting , these supplies will be used by multiple people. After your gourd is cleaned and designed with a neck around your bowl or vase, you will learn to dye your gourd, with color of your choosing. We will make a rim using a drill to create the holes. Afterwards, get creative attaching a number of different botanicals to the rim. Finally,  you will paint inside of gourd to seal and apply finish to the outside.  Enjoy taking your lovely gourd home to put on your shelf, or gift it to a friend.

Friday, April 12, 2024

10:00am – 3:30pm


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Students will be learn the basics of cleaning and cutting on gourds. And applying color and adding a rim using botanicals. Teacher will help beginners learn how to use and be comfortable with the tools.
In-Person – Classroom
  • Hands-On
  • Adults 18+
  • Youth ages 14-18
  • Novice
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
All materials and shared tools.
Again if you have your own tools, I suggest bringing them as the tools I bring will be shared.
Dressing, old clothes, or please bring an apron the class last all day. So please bring a snack, lunch and something to drink.
Yes $85
Holland Center Cancellation Policy: Cancellations 14 or more days prior to the first day of class will be refunded, minus a $10 processing fee. Cancellations less than 14 days are non-refundable.
All materials and tools needed to complete the piece in class
Darlene Saucedo
Gourdgeous By Design
Darlene Saucedo is an award winning master gourd artist. She’s lived in the Southwest United States for over 35 years, and has enjoyed experimenting with a wide range of desert materials in her workshop.  From gourds to desert clay, she creates ways to turn these natural materials into beautiful and even whimsical canvases. Darlene is a member of the Sonoran Art League, AZGS/Arizona Gourd Society, AGS/American Gourd Society, West Brook Fine Arts, Arizona Art Alliance Gallery, and the Gourd Gypsies Patch.


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