Last week I had a fantastic day at a local elementary school's annual "Fine Art Day". I was asked to be one of 7 creative people sharing about our art.
At first I wasn't sure if I would have the needed energy to complete a presentation for each grade level- turned out to be 7 in one day! But the kids in each grade brought their enthusiasm and many questions and I had a blast!
Here (above) I am letting the kids "knock" on a hardshell gourd.
Answering some questions while demonstrating weaving a rim. They had great questions! They wanted to know what my favorite gourd was, what I liked to do most on a gourd, what I planned to do next, how many gourds did I make.... they were really engaged and that was encouraging!
Here I am demonstrating some pyrography (burning). They were impressed that the pens can get to 1,000 degrees, and some commented on the smell right away.
It was always funny to me that some gourds have an odor when they are burned while others not so much. And some even smell kind of like melting chocolate....
Thanks kids for making my day so much fun!
I am Jenn Avery, gourd artist of 20+ years. I have been a multi-disciplinary artist all my life, and my work has taken many twists and turns and many directions. Gourd pyrography has become my passion, but I love to experiment with all kinds of art and crafts. It gives me joy to pass on my enthusiasm for making art that makes people happy!