Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Off to Tucson for gourding classes

Linda and I do not pack light. LOL
What would we need for four days in Tucson? EVERYTHING we could fit in the car.

The drive was wonderful. Arizona sunsets are always spectacular.

We had been really looking forward to taking gourding classes from Bonnie Gibson.
Check out her website! Arizona Gourds

Bonnie has a great book out. Her charming and talented husband took all of the photos. It is a beautiful book and would be worth having just as eye candy. Even if you can't get to one of her classes, the book is a good way to get started. It is available from her website. She carries a lot of fascinating products too.
I couldn't resist and bought 'stuff'. But it was stuff I had never come across before. :) I'll post pics when I get everything unpacked.

Bonnie is a delight. Not only is she a wonderful instructor- she is a truly charming lady.
Her gourds are amazing. Seeing photos of them on line doesn't really prepare you for the impact when you see them in real life.
If you ever get a chance to take a class from her- do not hesitate. I had a lot of fun and learned so much.
I'm finally getting over my fear of using a power tool. Bonnie is very supportive and takes the time to make sure everyone is safe and still expressing themselves freely . She encourages you to use your creativity. ( And she brings a bottle of water and sets it by you when you forget you need to keep yourself hydrated in the Arizona heat.)

This is my very first gourd attempt. I still need to do some finishing on it. But, Wow!, I was able to make something I can feel pretty good about right off the bat.
I can carve with my dremel tool! This is too cool!


Bonnie said...

Hi Zeborah, Thanks for the nice writeup of your adventures in Tucson! May I post a link to your blog writeup in my next newsletter? Bonnie Gibson

tanders said...

your gourds are beautiful!

Helen Suzanne said...

This is a beautiful piece. (my favourite colours) Did you paint the gourd top and bottom or is just naturally that colour.

Zeborah said...

I used metal patina paints on the top part and some Radiant Rain sprays and metallic buffing waxes on the bottom part