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Lamps by Joanna - New artistic take on gourds

Updated on May 13, 2012

Think Outside the Barn

Who would think that growing a simple gourd would turn to a love of art? One Missouri native found just that. Having always been artistic throughout her childhood and having a family history of artists, Joanna Helphrey began her adventure with gourd art in 2005. "God blessed me with a talent and a passion for gourd art." Growing gourds and creating artistic items is so fascinating. No two are alike, "Each gourd I start with I see a unique design in each one, each gourd is unique in its own way and one of its kind."

My adventure with gourd art began with bowls and candle holders. Over time my work become more intricate, unique, and progressed into beautiful works of art that are used as decorative lamps and home decor.

It begins with a simple gourd grown in Missouri. The process of creating each one of a kind piece consists of utilizing many tools and techniques such as a mini jigsaw, rotary tool and a wood burner. It also consist of using different shades and colors from wood stains and gourd dye or just using simply the natural beauty of the gourd itself.

Many of my designs reflect my love of nature and the splendor of the outdoors and all of its beauty, as well as the simple shape and uniqueness of each gourd itself inspires the work that I do.

Currently I am a member of AgriMissouri since 2007 and a juried member of The Best of Missouri Hands since 2008. I also feature my work at Silver Dollar City Harvest Festival within the months of September and October. My work has also been shown in several juried art shows, competitions, and galleries.

Hand Crafted Gourd Art Photos

Master Craftsman Joanna Helphrey - Handcarved Gourd

Artistic Gourd


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      popi foskolou 

      2 years ago

      wonderfull job congradulations

    • Johnathan L Groom profile image

      Johnathan L Groom 

      6 years ago from Bristol, CT

      the title is misleading to a degree, but not a bad spin

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      6 years ago from Waukesha, Wisconsin

      Wow! These are so creative! :) Welcome to HubPages! Thank you for sharing your exceptional talent and creativity in making these items from gourds.

    • katedonavon profile image


      6 years ago

      You have a great deal of creativity and artistic talent as evidenced by your lovely gourd products. I had never heard of a gourd lamp before!

      Voted up and interesting.


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