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Lesson Plans

Re: Gourd Art

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wduncan (wduncan)
Thu, 29 Jul 1999 10:28:46 -0500

I took a week long workshop from Barbara Gonzales (great-granddaughter of Maria
Martinez). She used scrapers on her pots (both inside and out) made from dried
gourds. I know that is a bit off the topic but, in case you find broken gourds
or ones students won't take home, there is a great use for them. We cut the
scrapers out with ex-acto knifes. If Barbara is ever offering the workshop in
your area, do take it. We mixed our own clay, built with coils, dried our
pieces, applied slip, polished with a stone, made our own yucca brushes, painted
original designs on the polished slip (to create the famous black on black
finish), fired them in a hand built pit, etc. Barbara and her husband even
brought the cow chips and powdered horse manure from San Ildefonso, because it
stays too soggy in humid Kansas. A fantastic week ! !

> It is carved gourd . . . . . . . Someone on the list talked about drying gourds
> last year.
> Sandra Barrick

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