Artist: Grace Swanson


This large piece of gourd art has been chip carved in a pattern that goes all the way around the gourd. The inset is a fossil coral also known as Petoskey. The rim is finished with pine needle weaving. The pine needles have been baked in glycerin so that they become darker and shinier.


12 inches wide, and 11 inches tall


The price of the gourd art is $200.
$25 for shipping has been included in the price of the gourd.


For more information contact the artist:

Gourd art # 4201

SKU: Swanson.4201
  • I am a gourd artist who used to be a watercolor painter. My interest in gourds began as a small child, born and raised in Nigeria. The Nigerian people use gourds for everything from storing food to spoons to holding cosmetics. When I saw a class on gourd art offered by San Diego Botanic Garden ten years ago I decided to give it a try. The feel and smell of the burning gourd just took me “home”. I was hooked. I purchase my gourds from Welburn Gourd Farm — uncleaned and uncut. First I soak and scrub farm dirt and the mold off of the gourds. Then I look at each gourd carefully for any flaws or cracks. Each gourd has its own personality and that often dictates what design I will burn into the gourd and whether it will stay whole or become an opened vessel. The mold that forms on the gourds makes patterns that can be used or disregarded depending on the design. Sometimes I have a very definite design in mind when I begin and sometimes I make it up as I go along. Some gourds may take as little as two or three hours to complete. Others may take days or weeks.