Monday, February 20, 2023

2023: Beginning with a Bang!


Each year, I get more and more excited with my amazing artistic journey. 2022 presented a larger growth in The Burned Gourd than I had seen in any single year so far, and I am always grateful. The highlight of the year was the chances to teach Pyrography on Gourd Learnshops in the beautiful city of Berea, KY. I can not say enough about the opportunities that the Berea Tourism folks have presented, and how much they mean to me. 

2023 is shaping up to continue that trend, and I sure hope it does. I finally was able to work on a collaboration piece with one of my favorite artists, Bspoken Designs. Their polymer clay creations are so very beautiful (as seen above; the center pendant was created by them). The gourd is one of my larger pieces (as compared to the ornaments and stoppers), which includes pyrography, carving, cutting, coloring (acrylic), inlay, and a wood-turned maple base.

Next up: getting ready for the 40th anniversary Kentucky Crafted Market by the Kentucky Arts Coucil. This will be my 5th time setting up with this great show, among the best visual art and craft in Kentucky. The show will be March 11th through the 13th, with the 12th and 13th being the two days open to the public. Location will be at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. If you've never been to this show, it is very much worth the trip. If you have been to this show, you already know how great it is. To learn more, go to

Let's have fun this year! Let's see what we can create!

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Happy Spring!

Spring is upon us once again, and I am grateful! It is a time of awakening, of energizing, and looking up. The beauty of the flowering plants, the gorgeous greens, and outside-inviting warm weather are all lifting me up. 

That overflows greatly into my artwork as well! I am energized and motivated to create, only to be met with the challenge of finding the time. I recommend keeping at it, doing what you can when you can. I'm working on a few different projects at the moment, and look forward to sharing much with you this year! 

So Happy Spring! Let's look up, enjoy what's around us, and create!