Instructor: Jeffrey McCombie

Skill Level: Beginner


In this class, students will be introduced to the unique craft of gourding through the creation of a simple, but beautiful pear.  To create your unique pear we will focus on elements of design and color. After selecting your gourd, you will learn proper cleaning, sanding, and leveling techniques to prepare your “canvas”. Different methods of color application will be explored giving you the opportunity to choose one that suits your personal taste.  Some artists choose to add adornments i.e. leaves etc their pears; others like a more minimalistic piece; you will decide after viewing a variety of finished pieces. We will then explore techniques for sealing your finished piece. Each participant will leave with a completed piece just in time for the holidays.

All materials are included in the tuition.

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About the Instructor:

I am a retired educator who has been been working with hardshell gourds for over 25 years. I am driven by the beauty and imperfections of nature. My artistic goal is to create impressionistic representations of nature’s elements. Techniques borrowed from potters, woodcrafters, blacksmiths result in artistic and sometimes functional art for today’s living.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: 

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen does not provide cash refunds for the cancellation of classes unless the class is canceled by the instructor or the Guild.

In order to request a withdrawal from a workshop, students must contact the Guild by phone at 717-431-8706 or contact us here at least 7 days prior to the class. Students who request a withdrawal at least 7 days prior to the class will receive a credit that can be used toward another workshop. No refunds or transfers will be given to cancellation requests made with less than 24 hours’ notice of the class.

Please note that we are unable to provide refunds for missed classes due to personal scheduling conflicts. If you are sick with Covid-19 or believe that you may have been recently exposed, please email

  • Pear Gourds
     9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Venue Phone: 717-431-8706

Venue Website:

335 N Queen St, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603, United States

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