Artful Creations by Patti Jo

Gourd Art

About Me

I am Patti Jo Newsom and I am a gourd enthusiast. For years I have experimented with a variety of artistic design techniques. I have painted canvas, wood, and ceramics and I have taught classes for those who wanted to learn my techniques. For the past few years, my interest has turned to gourd art. I am a member of the American Gourd Society and I am co-founder and co-chair of the Nevada Gourd Society. I am also the director of the Pahrump Valley Gourd Patch here in Nevada. I hope that everyone who visits this site will share in my fascination with gourds.

When I am not tending my garden or working on gourd projects, I am usually here online answering emails and playing games on my laptop.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.


A Little Bit of Gourd History

Throughout the ages, men and women have grown and harvested gourds. Some gourds were grown for food, and others for utilitarian purposes. As late as the early 20th century, Lagenaria (hard shell) gourds were routinely used by people as canteens, water dippers, and a host of other containers and utensils. People also used gourds to create musical instruments such as flutes, drums, and rattles. Parallel to the development of utensils and instruments was the development of gourd art. Although the usage of gourd utensils has waned in today's techno industrial world, the art of decorating gourds has continued to gain in popularity.