Weaving on a Gourd: A Workshop with Kate Shoemaker

October 19, 2019 - 10:00am - 4:00pm


Fee: $85/ $75 members (all materials included)
Registration: Registration is closed. For info on future workshops, sign up for our e-list.

Gourds are believed to be the earliest plant cultivated by man and have been in use for thousands of years. Many cultures have used gourds for functional as well as decorative purposes. Gourds were used primarily as vessels for containing food and water, but have also been used as bowls, utensils, musical instruments, jewelry, toys, boats, rafts, hats, and body wear. In addition, gourds have been decorated with spiritual images and used in worship.

In this workshop, you will use a prepared hard-shelled gourd (when dried, these gourds take on the characteristics of wood and can last forever) to create your own work of gourd art by embellishing it with Danish cord and beads. Kate Shoemaker will take you through all the steps of the process and will provide the necessary tools and materials.

Please bring a bag lunch and beverages.

About Kate Shoemaker
After more than 30 years as an elementary teacher, Kate Shoemaker is now able to devote more time to creating gourd art. She continues to experiment with new forms, techniques, and finishes. For Shoemaker, the most exciting element of creating gourd art is the unique characteristics of each gourd: “I'm never quite sure what a piece will become, until it is complete. I love to use deep, rich colors to enhance the natural beauty of each gourd.”

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