Gourd "Pottery"

These gourd "pots" typically use hardshelled "tobacco box" or "canteen" gourds that have been dryed and the tops and seeds removed. The gourds can range in size from approximately 6" to 12" in diameter. They retain their natural mottled buckskin color and have not been sealed or varnished. The black areas are burned using a Razertip wood burner and various types of nibs for line drawing, stippling and shading. The terra cotta colored areas are colored with gilders paste, which provides a nice lustre after polishing.

My recent projects have been woodburned gourd reproductions of historic southwest pueblo pottery, classified as Sikyatki Polychrome (circa AD 1375-1625), San Bernardo Polychrome (circa AD 1625-1680), Payupki Polychrome (circa AD 1680-1780) and Polacca Polychrome (circa AD 1860 - 1890) from the ancestors of the modern day Hopi of Arizona, as well as Acoma and Zia Pueblo designs from New Mexico.

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