2017 Ohio Gourd Show Workshop Information

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.  Thisworkshop 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 and Changes
For the 2017 Show, OGS has made several changes in the procedures for operating the workshop program. Reservations are still sent in advance (see form) for workshop selections, but only a reservation fee ($5.00 per workshop) is required with the form.  Each workshop leader will be collecting his or her workshop fee. Workshop fees will be collected in advance, or at the time the workshop is offered.  Some workshop descriptions contain information regarding the wishes of the leader.

As in past years, participants must be aware that a workshop may be canceled if the class is too small.   September 22, 2017 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.

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Gourd Workshops – 2017

Friday Morning, 9 a.m. - Noon
 
 
1. Create a Spring Drum --Leader: Sue Westhues
Cost:  $42      Level: All      Min/Max: 1/12       Time: FAM
Summary:  The spring drum is a type of  friction  drum  capable  of  many unique sounds.  The most famous of these is the “roar” of thunder. A door closing, a frog croaking and more are possible by combining a gourd, a drum skin,  and  a  spring  into  this  fun  and versatile instrumental toy. These make great sound effects in storytelling and for  percussive  enhancement.   The drum,  with  spring  attached,  will  be about 4 inches in diameter and 3 feet long.  The workshop leader provides all supplies and materials. Participants should bring a dust mask.


2. Three-way Apple Gourd Dream Catcher -- Leader: Miriam Fankhauser
Cost:  $20       Level: B     Min/Max: 1/12      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 workshop leader provides all supplies, but participants should bring a hand drill with 1/16” and 1/4” or 3/8” bits.

3.Caught in the Net! -- Leader: Sherry Briscoe
Cost:  $40*       Level: All     Max/Min:  2/12      Time: FAM
Summary:  -  In  this  workshop participants  will  color  a  gourd  using GourdMaster (GM) Trans-parent Acrylics and/or Metallic Inks.  We will will heatset the colors and seal the gourd with GM Varnish.  Then, you will choose  ONE of the four different netting techniques, and learn  to  complete  the  netting  design. Participants  also  have  the  option  of adding beads, rivets, and/or stones to the project. Because of the limited length of the class, there will not be adequate time available to do all the techniques, but the tutorial will have printed directions for all four (4) of them.  The workshop leader provides all supplies needed for the class including a cleaned, cut, sanded, drilled, wood  burned  gourd;   GM  Transparent Acrylics,  Metallic  Inks  and  Varnish; waxed  linen;  beads,  rivets  and  stones; tapestry  needles;  brush  basins;  paper towels;  Q-Tips;  Ultra-Fine  Tip  brushes; felt  squares;  soft-bristle  brushes;  vinyl gloves;  and  a  tutorial  with  instructions and color photo of the completed project in  a  plastic  sheet  cover.   Participants should  bring  an  apron/smock  to  protect clothing; sharp scissors; and a heat gun (not a hair drier).  The leader will also have a couple heat guns and scissors for those  who  may  not  have  them.   The project will be about 7-8” in height and diameter. 

* Important registration information for this workshop -  Once you have registered with OGS, please contact the leader by phone (336-634-3397) or  email (giraffeslaff@bellsouth.net)  to  let  her  know  that  you  are participating in the workshop, to give her your contact information, and to arrange for payment of the workshop fee.  This will complete the registration process and confirm your participation. It will also allow the leader to contact you directly, if necessary. In order to receive a refund of the class fee from the instructor, you must cancel your reservation no later than September 15, 2017.





4. Mosaic Full-size Birdhouse Gourd -- Leader: Kimberly Bader
Cost:  $40      Level: All     Min/Max:  2/8     Time: FAM
Summary:  Participants  will  be completing a mosaic tile look using a unique paper technique to decorate the outside  of  the  gourd,  as  well  as carving a hole to suit different birds specific to the makers taste. Students will learn to cut the perfect hole, proper drainage, drilling, cleaning a gourd out, preservation, decoration and attaching a unique handmade hanger with bead décor. Participants should bring a rotary tool with bits for sanding/detailing (sanding bits and tapered bits), pliers or long handle needle nose, scissors, apron, dust mask, eye protection. The leader will have a few of all tools for those who would rather share.


Please be sure to vote for your favorite entry in  the  People's  Choice Award.  This  is  a well-respected award that represents a crosssection of Ohio Gourd Show Visitors.
5. Santa Ornament -- Leader: Karen Martin
Cost: $20       Level: All     Min/Max: 1/10      Time: FAM
Summary– The holiday season is fast approaching  and  thoughts  of decorating our homes for the various celebrations fill our minds.  A Santa, created on a banana gourd, might be that one unique ornament that will put a  smile  on  everyone's  face.   In  this workshop,  participants  will  have  a chance to practice comma strokes, line work, and side loading a brush to float color.   Everyone  should  be  able  to finish his or her gourd, but if not, will have learned the skills to finish it at home.  All  is  created  using  acrylic paint. Participants need to bring a #2 or  #4  round  brush  and  a  10/0  liner brush. If you are a painter, bring your regular painting supplies if you wish; but pencils, paper towels, water basins, graphite  paper,  palettes,  patterns, gourds,  and  paint  will  be  provided. Bringing  smocks  or  aprons  to  wear might be a good idea.


The Ohio Gourd Society attempts to provide varied workshops to allow participants to expand their skills and to have fun. Providing  education  in  the  areas  of  growing  gourds  and crafting gourds is a primary objective of the Society. Persons with  skills  in  traditional  or  new  artistic  techniques  are encouraged  to  consider  leading  workshops  and  seminars  at state  and  local  gourd  shows,  meetings,  festivals  and  fairs. Thank you  for  your  interest in the workshops  at  the  Ohio Gourd Show.

6. Floral Tooling with Clay-- Leader: Jane Weller
Cost:  $45      Level: All     Min/Max: 2/12       Time: FAM
Summary:  Create a gourd vase with a  floral  design  inspired  by  leather tooling, but done with clay. Learn my step by step technique of form, place, press,  and  pull.  Kwikwood  epoxy clay will be used so the project can dry  quickly.  The  design  will  be finished  with  an  acrylic  wash  and metallic  highlights.  Everything needed will be supplied including a gourd vase, kwikwood, wax paper, oil spray, finishes and a tutorial. The leader will have clay tools to use but if you have your own, please bring them. The finished size is about 6-8” tall.


Friday Afternoon, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
 
7. Flamingo Gourd-- Leader: Kimberly Bader
Cost: $50      Level: All     Min/Max:  2/8      Time: FPM
Summary– Participants will complete a large feathered friend comprised of two types of gourds. You will learn to use 2-part epoxy, gesso and craft paint; and you will learn to cut gourds without power tools, to transfer a design onto gourds, and to add embellishments. Participants should bring an exacto knife (the leader will supply blades), paint brushes and an apron. The leader will have some supplies if you wish to share. 

8. Let’s Make Some Noise -- Leader: Bob Briscoe
Cost: $45*      Level: All     Min/Max:  2/12      Time: FPM
Summary:  In  this  workshopparticipants  will:   color  their  gourds with alcohol inks, seal the gourd with glaze/varnish, apply a goat skin drum head with tacks/nails, add the rawhide handle/grip, and install the spring. The leader provides all supplies needed for the  class  including:   a  cleaned,  cut, sanded  and  drilled  gourd; glaze/varnish; alcohol inks; goat skin drum  head;  upholstery  tacks/nails; spring;  rawhide  strip;  vinyl  gloves; alcohol/alcohol wipes; paper towels; pencils; glue; and a tutorial with instructions and full color photo of the project in a plastic sheet cover. The project will be 6-10” tall and 6-8” in diameter. Participants should bring:  apron/smock  to  protect  clothing;  sharp  scissors;  hammer; basin/bucket for soaking drum head; awl; and a heat gun (not a hair drier).  The  leader  will  also  have  a  couple  of  heat  tools,  awls,  and hammers  available  for  use  on  a  first-come-first-served  basis.   If participants do not bring their own tools, they may have to wait to use these items, possibly delaying completion of the project. 
* Important registration information for this workshop -  Once you have registered with OGS, please contact the leader by phone or email (336-634-3397,  giraffeslaff@bellsouth.net)  to  let  him  know  that  you  are participating in the workshop, to give him your contact information, and to arrange for payment of the workshop fee.  This will complete the registration process and confirm your participation. It will also allow the leader to contact you directly, if necessary. In order to receive a refund of the class fee from the instructor, you must cancel your reservation no later than September 15, 2017.


9. Raccoon Rendering Vase -- Leader: Jane Weller
Cost:  $50      Level: All     Min/Max: 2/12       Time: FPM
Summary- Create a fine art vase of a raccoon in a hollow tree. A pattern is  provided  with  step  by  step instructions  to  help  you  woodburn this masked bandit. The design may also be inked if you do not have a wood  burner.  KwikWood  will  be used to build a border around your raccoon so it appears to be inside a hollow tree. Then inks will be used on  the  gourd  to  mimic  tree  bark. Participants  are  asked  to  bring  a variable temperture woodburner with a skew tip (also called a blade or knife tip) and a bent shader (sometimes called a spoon shader) if they have them, but we will work with what you have. The leader will provide a  prepared  gourd,  kwikwood,  inks  and  tutorial.  Some  tools  will  be available  to  share  in  class.  Some  woodburning  experience  would  be helpful for this class but not required. Finished size is approx. 6-8” tall, 3-4” wide

10.  Santa Ornament -- Leader: Karen Martin
Cost: $20      Level: All     Min/Max: 1/10      Time: FPM
Summary– The holiday season is fast approaching  and  thoughts  of decorating our homes for the various celebrations fill our minds.  A Santa, created on a banana gourd, might be that one unique ornament that will put a  smile  on  everyone's  face.   In  this workshop,  participants  will  have  a chance to practice comma strokes, line work, and side loading a brush to float color.   Everyone  should  be  able  to finish his or her gourd, but if not, will have learned the skills to finish it at home.  All  is  created  using  acrylic paint. Participants need to bring a #2 or  #4  round  brush  and  a  10/0  liner brush. If you are a painter, bring your regular painting supplies if you wish; but pencils, paper towels, water basins, graphite  paper,  palettes,  patterns, gourds,  and  paint  will  be  provided. Bringing  smocks  or  aprons  to  wear might be a good idea.


Saturday Morning, 9 a.m. - Noon
 
11. Oak Leaf Vessel --Leader: Jane Weller
Cost:  $45      Level: All     Min/Max: 2/12       Time: SAM
Summary- Create a beautiful oak leaf vessel  to  celebrate  Autumn  and Thanksgiving. The same technique is used  to  make  a  unique  vase  OR  a useful bowl. You choose the shape and colors to personalize it to your liking. The bowl will be completed with a simple laced rim or you will make an easy wrapped base for the vase. Both will be embellished with gilded acorns. The leaves are very textural and created with an easy but unusual burnt glue technique, then finished with metallic paints to look sort of like hammered metal. A prepped gourd, tutorial, and all other materials will be provided. Students might want to bring some scrap gourds to practice/experiment on. There will be tools available to share in class. Size and shape are variable mid-size.

12. Mosaic Full-size Birdhouse Gourd -- Leader: Kimberly Bader
Cost:  $40     Level: All     Min/Max:  2/8       Time: SAM
Summary:  Participants  will  be completing a mosaic tile look using a unique paper technique to decorate the outside  of  the  gourd,  as  well  as carving a hole to suit different birds specific to the makers taste. Students will learn to cut the perfect hole, proper drainage, drilling, cleaning a gourd out, preservation, decoration and attaching a unique handmade hanger with bead décor. Participants should bring a rotary tool with bits for sanding/detailing (sanding bits and tapered bits), pliers or long handle needle nose, scissors, apron, dust mask, eye protection. The leader will have a few of all tools for those who would rather share.

Saturday Afternoon, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
 
13.  String Art  Deco  Gourd Wall Piece -- Leader: Kimberly Bader
Cost: $55      Level: All     Min/Max: 2/8       Time: SPM
Summary  –  Participants  will  bcompleting a gourd wall hanging witfinished back and hanger. Explosionof color appear as produced by youimagination. You will be cutting, sanding and cleaning your pieces; anthen using ink dyes and gesso for decoration. Finally, you will cut anattach backing and a hanger for a finished art piece.  The worksholeader provides gourds, string, dyes, gesso, backing material and hangersParticipants should bring an exacto knife with multiple blades, a tack hammer, a rotary tool or mini jigsaw, bits (small drill bits for predrilling pin holes [rotary cutter bit if you don’t have a jigsaw] as well as a
sanding bit), flat edge paint brushes (½” size), tapestry/basketry type needles and an apron. The leader will have a few of all tools for those who would rather share.


14. Bee Happy -- Leader: Jane Weller
Cost:  $20      Level: All      Min/Max: 1/12       Time: SPM
Summary -  This cute little critter is easy  and quick to make  and can be created in 1 ½ hr. or less so you have more time to look around the festival or shop. This sweet little bee is made from a mini bottle gourd, and can be used as an ornament or plant poke. The copper wire wings can even hold a card or photo so it could be used as a memo/note holder! They are fast and fun to make so they would be great little gifts, or items to sell at a craft show. All materials are provided, including a mini gourd, inks and applicators, copper wire, glue, and tutorial, but please bring needle nose pliers if you can. Some tools will be available to share in class. This class is fun for all ages and great to introduce school kids over 10 yrs to gourds.


15. Hummers in My Garden --  Leader: Sherry Briscoe
Cost:  $45*      Level: I     Min.Max:  2/12      Time: SPM
Summary -  Workshop,  participants will  use  GourdMaster  (GM)  Stick n’Burn to lay out and burn a design. When the burning is completed, you will  remove  the  remaining  Stick  n’ Burn,  condition  the  gourd  with Formula 49, and color the background. Then,  you  will  apply  and  blend  the GM Transparent Acrylics and Metallic Inks and heat set the colors.  Finally, participants will create the design area for stippling, using painters tape, and will stipple that area. To complete the project, gourds will be sealed with GM Varnish or Protecting Wax. It is important that you are familiar with the operation of wood burners and rotary tools to allow adequate time to complete the project. The workshop leader provides all supplies
including: a cleaned, cut, and sanded gourd; GM Transparent Acrylics, Metallic Inks, Varnish, Protecting Wax, Stick n’ Burn with Briscoe© preprinted  pattern/designs;  brush  basins;  scissors;  paper  towels;  Q-tips; Fine-Tip Micro brushes; felt squares; vinyl gloves; and a tutorial with instructions, patterns, pre-printed Stick and Burn ™, and a color photo of the completed project in a plastic sheet cover.    Participants should bring: an  apron/smock  to  protect  clothing;  craft  scissors;  an  adjustabletemperature wood burner with pen/tip to transfer the design to the gourd; a rotary tool (Dremel or equivalent) with small, medium, and large-size ball burrs; and a heat gun (not hair drier). The leader will also have a couple heat guns and scissors to share. The project will be about 7-8” in diameter and 9-10” tall.
* Important registration information for this workshop -  Once you have registered with OGS, please contact the leader by phone or email (336-634-3397,  giraffeslaff@bellsouth.net)  to  let  her  know  that  you  are participating in the workshop, to give her your contact information, and to arrange for payment of the workshop fee.  This will complete the registration process, confirm your participation and allow the leader to contact you directly, if necessary.  In order to receive a refund of the
class fee, you must cancel your reservation no later than Sept. 15, 2017.

[ link to workshop registration form ]

The Ohio Gourd Society is proud to introduce the following Workshop Leaders for the 2017 Ohio Gourd Show

Kimberly Bader– Kim is an artist and crafter of gourds. For more than 30 years she has been creating and selling her gourd art online and through Art/Craft Shows. She has been an educator and instructor for 2 years, visiting gardening groups and teaching at the Ohio Gourd show. Kim is a certified multimedia artist and graphic designer, therefore, the gourd is a perfect canvas for her talents. Her experience extends from simple birdhouses to musical instruments, bowls and baskets. Her skills
include  carving,  staining,  string  art,  and  woodburning.  Kim's  newest endeavor is chip carving.

Sherry and Bob Briscoe - Sherry and Bob operate Giraffes Laff Art & Crafts in Reidsville, NC.  Sherry has been crafting gourds since 2002; and her husband, Bob joined her in that endeavor a couple of years later. Shortly after that, some of the gourd folks they met on the gourd trail convinced them that they should consider teaching at the festivals and shows. That is when they embarked on a wonderful adventure, traveling all over the country teaching, vending, and demonstrating!  Since then
they have both won numerous first place ribbons in festival competitions; and in 2016 Sherry won 2 Best of Masters Division Awards, as well as a Best of Show.

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.

Karen Martin- Karen is a decorative artist and an active member of the Society of Decorative Painters.  She has been involved in decorative painting for 25 years, and taught basic painting classes. To keep current, she continues to participate in workshops, classes, and retreats.  Karen enjoys decorating gourds with acrylic paint, but often uses inks, dyes, and colored pencils, as well. Gourd sculpture is also a part of many of her gourd pieces. In addition to creating art pieces, Karen has also led workshops in cleaning, preparing, and painting gourds so that others may learn and enjoy the hobby. For Karen and her husband John, gourd work is a shared hobby they began in 1984. They agree that visiting friends, making  new  friends  and  sharing  with  other  gourd  enthusiasts,  both nationally and internationally, may be the best part of belonging to the “Gourd World.”

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 10 years, and has exhibited gourd art, taught workshops, and won a number of gourd-related awards.

Sue Westhues – Sue lives in southern Indiana, in the country, outside of Bloomington. Sue says, “From the time I grew my first gourds, I knew they were the perfect art medium.  For me, they combine a love of growing and creating, and are a constant source of inspiration and fun.” Sue makes a wide variety of items with gourds: birdhouses, feeders, puppets, toys, mobiles, birds, flowers, instruments and singular oddities. She has been a vendor at the Ohio Gourd Show for about twenty years, and for several of those years she has enjoyed teaching a gourd drum workshop.  Sue is a member of the Indiana Gourd Society, and sells gourds at the Indiana Gourd Show. In addition to gourd shows, her work is sold locally and regionally through gift shops, galleries, gardening shows, art fairs, and farmers’ markets. Sue clearly affirms, “Gourds are wonderful, and attract a wide range of wonderful people.”

[ link to workshop registration form ]