From The Garden To The Gallery: Creating Functional Art From Gourds

April 11, 2019 – April 14, 2019

Reagan Bitler

In this workshop students design functional art from dried gourds. Dried gourds have a wood-like consistency, creating a unique medium. The class introduces the tools used in preparing and designing a lidded gourd bowl and vase. Demonstrations of coloring treatments and application of embellishments allows students to elevate their pieces to functional art. By creating art from gourds, participants with an interest in cutting, carving, burning, and experimenting with color and shape will gain or enhance their ability to design unique one-of-a-kind art pieces. Open to all skill levels.


Reagan Bitler is a gourd artist and teacher from Hanover, Pennsylvania. He is president of the Pennsylvania Gourd Society and a member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. Bitler instructs workshops at gourd festivals and taught gourds as an art medium for the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis and Elkins College 2018 Arts, Crafts and Folklore Workshops.

Reagan Bitler

In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

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Registration Fees

There will be a one-time $50 non-refundable registration fee which enables you to register for as many workshops as you like during 2019. All cancellations must be made in writing by mail, fax or email (no phone calls please).

A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged on cancellations received more than 45 days prior to the start of your workshop. Cancellations received 45 days or less prior to the beginning of the workshop receive no refund.


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