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We are really excited about the 2018 classes that are scheduled. You can register for a class by mail, online, or in person. For complete information go to the college's registration information page. If you have any questions please call or email Lisha Sturgill at lsturgill@harford.edu or 443-412-2175.

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Please note the out of county (or state) fee has been waivered for Gourd Day Classes

 

 

Thursday, May 3rd

 
   

Lidded Mini Black Walnut Basket

Vickie Echols
Thursday All Day 9:00-5:00
Cost: $70.00


We will learn how to coil glycerinated pine needles, using raffia, around a black walnut slice to create a mini basket. Next we will learn how to coil glycerinated pine needles around the neck of a jewelry gourd to create a simple lid. Shaping techniques will be emphasized. Your individuality is encouraged for the shaping of your basket.
Students must bring to class: Small sharp scissors, a hand towel, small needle nose plyers and jewelry size wire cutters

   

Weaving a Narrow Mouth Vase

Suzi Nonn
Thursday All Day 9:00- 5:00
Cost: $70:00
Course Number: 25454


This is a technique class. Learn how to prepare a “tall, narrow, unusual vase opening” for weaving on the outside. In the morning, students will prep 2 gourds of their choice for weaving. The inside of the gourd will be cleaned, smoothed, painted, and spokes inserted without waste. In the afternoon, after a brief discussion of 2 vs 3 vs 4 weavers, students will have a chance to weave 6 to 8 inches of the outside of one of
their gourds they prepared in the morning. What a great way to learn how to finish a beautiful gourd from start to finish.
Students must bring to class: 2 gourds they would like to prepare for weaving on the outside as well as a drill with assorted drill bits ( from 1/16 to 1/2), whatever tools you use
to clean the insides of your gourds, a mini jigsaw if you do not want to wait for the instructors.

   

Friday, May 4th

 
   

Triple Handle Basket with Glass Beads

Vickie Echols
Friday All Day 9:00-5:00
Cost: $75.00
Course Number: 25459
We will begin with a prepared gourd and glass beads and learn to coil glycerinated pine needles to weave a triple handle basket. Using a continuous coil, we will learn how to create the first handle and then how to build and attach 2 additional handles.
Students must bring to class: Sharp scissors, small needle nose plyers and jewelry wire cutters. I will have a selection of beads for your use, but if you want to bring your own they need to be size 6 or size E.

   
   

Alcohol Ink Gourd Fruit Bowl with Flower

Jennifer Wojnar
Friday Morning 9:00-12:00
Cost: $50
Course Number: 25462

Alcohol inks are an acid-free, highly-pigmented, and fast drying medium to be used on non-porous surfaces. Mixing colors can create a vibrant marbled effect and the possibilities can only be limited by what you are willing to try.

Decorate a pre-cut guard bowl, using the alcohol ink marbling method. One dry, you will choose to stencil or free hand a design on to the front of your bowl using the dry on dry method and detailing with a gel pen. We will finish the inside of your bowl with a food safe varnish.
Teacher will provide a selection of Alcohol inks, but feel free to bring your own for a wider range of colors. All Alcohol ink pieces will be sealed with Krylon varnish spray, but it is recommend to also apply Krylon UV
(to prevent fading) and Krylon triple thick (if you prefer a shiny finish) at home. Because of at least two
hours is needed between the different sprays, these sprays will not be provided in class.

 

   

Alcohol Ink Gourd Jewelry

Jennifer Wojnar
Friday Afternoon 1:00-5:00
Cost: $50.00
Course Number: 25467


Alcohol inks are an acid-free, highly-pigmented, and fast drying medium to be used on non-porous surfaces. Mixing colors can create a vibrant marbled effect and the possibilities can only be limited by what you are willing to try.


You can choose from baby gourd and/or cut pieces from gourd (your own design or using templates). Decorate using alcohol ink and design details with a gel pen or the dry on dry method. We will assemble the jewelry pieces making 3 pendents or an earring & necklace set. (Please note that the earring are fish hooks).


Teacher will provide a selection of Alcohol inks, but feel free to bring your own for a wider range of colors.
All Alcohol ink pieces will be sealed with Krylon varnish spray, but it is recommend to also apply Krylon UV (to prevent fading) and Krylon triple thick (if you prefer a shiny finish) at home. Because of at least two hours is needed between the different sprays, these sprays will not be provided in class.

   

Beads & Pearls & Wire, Oh My!

Vickie Echols
Saturday Morning 9:00-12:00
Cost: $55.00
Course Number: 25469


We will learn how to do a knotless technique using a variety of wire to attach an assortment of beads and pearls to fill in the opening of the gourd.
Students must bring to class: Sharp scissors, small needle nose plyers and jewelry wire cutters
Beads and pearls are provided. Students may bring their special beads if desired.

   

Kudzu, Copper, Batik

Suzi Nonn
Saturday Morning 9:00 – 12:00
Cost: $50
Course Number: 25594


Are you looking for a class that is unusual, different and exciting? Well, then this class is for you. The class is about combining unusual materials for weaving. The woven gourd will use copper for the spokes and a combination of kudzu and Indonesian batik for the weavers. Kudzu is the vine that has invaded the East Coast, smothering everything in its path. What a wonderful way to use a plant not indigenous to this area. Indonesian batik is a soft cotton material with a design that is strong on both sides of the fabric.

The instructor will supply everything for the class - a gourd that has already been cleaned, sealed inside, and the spokes inserted. The class time will be used in weaving the kudzu and the batik together, to make this unique gourd.

   

Blooming With Your Micro Lux Gourd Saw

Reagan Bitler
Saturday Afternoon 1:00-5:00
Cost: $50.00
Course Number: 25472


This skill class will guide students in the use of their wood burner and micro lux Gourd saw to create a vessel with an intricate burned and cut flower pattern. It is designed for participants who have previous experience in using a micro lux Gourd saw. The Gourd will be finished with Wuertz Wonder Inks. Time will not permit for the Gourd to be finished with a rim.
Students must bring to class: Micro Lux Gourd Saw, mini Saw blades, wood burner with a skew tip for burning lines, Dust mask and apron, and a power carver with a variety of carving burrs.

   

Twisty Handle Basket

Vickie Echols
Saturday Afternoon 1:00-5:00
Cost: $65.00
Course Number: 25471
We will learn how to coil glycerinated pine needles onto a prepared gourd to create a twisty handle. We will learn how to add chip beads into our weaving as well as how to do reverse coiling.
Students must bring to class: Sharp scissors, small needle nose plyers and jewelry wire cutters
Beads will be provided but students may bring their own beads if desired.

   

Sunday, May 6th  

 
   

Foot Antler Handle Basket

Vickie Echols
Sunday Morning 10:00-2:00
Cost: $75.00
Course Number: 25718
SPECIAL SUNDAY SESSION!! Learn how to stitch pine needles onto a prepared gourd base to create a foot that will be engineered to stabilize the gourd once the antler handle is attached. The antler will be attached to the rim of the gourd and held in place by the pine needle coiling. Some floating coils, beads and twists may also be incorporated into this project. Students must bring to class: Sharp scissors, small needle nose pliers & jewelry size wire cutters. Instructed by Vickie Echols.

 


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