Gourd Blogs and Numbered Series
Many of my gourd sculptures, such as turtles, cats, dragons, and frogs, belong to series. Each sculpture is handmade and
specially numbered particular to that series. Browse the blogs and series and see the variety of gourd sculptures in each!

Check out the series Here!
See Project Elephant, the endeavor
to create a life-sized
baby elephant from gourds!
Gourd Sculpture
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My favorite hobby and second job is sculpting. The sculptures here are gourd based sculptures. The gourds for my sculptures are grown by me or locally by my grandmother Yvonne Spinks and are guaranteed strong. All gourds
are prepared to never degrade and I use air-drying or epoxy based clay to sculpt on them. All are sealed so its unaffected by moisture and dust (these are
indoor only sculptures.) I strive for realism just as I do in my paintings,
though I admit some sculptures tend to be stylized and adorably whimsical! Below are
SAMPLES of what I do. To see more, all I've ever made is uploaded on the Gourd Blogs.

To see the sculptures that are for sale, click the "Gourd Series" link and see the "For Sale" pages of each group.
Email me if you're interested or want something custom!
white polar bear gourd sculpture
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Refer to
contact for questions.
Gourd frog toad green gourd sculpture
Gourd Frog #74, "Bee" the Corroboree Toadlet
Gourd Sculpture samples for your enjoyment.
Gourd Frog #75, "Korra" the Corrugated or Rivulet Toad. Halle the calico gives a curious sniff.
Hyper-realistic Turtle #3, the Yellow-blotched Sawback
Gourd Lizard #1, Displaying Green Anole
Hyper-realistic Turtle #2 - Chinese Box Turtle
Hyper-realistic Turtle #1 - "Snappy" the leucistic Alligator Snapping turtle. Largest turtle to date, 14" long. Used 5 gourds.
Gourd Beetle # 2 - Kayla's Goliath Beetle
Gourd Beetle # 5 - Rainbow Scarab Beetle
Large Dragon #4 - Great Earth Dragon. Composed of 7 gourds and sculpted with various clays.
Although I prefer to paint in
2D than 3D, it's interesting to
see the capabilities of gourd,
clay, and creativity. I choose
to sculpt realistic animals
rather than figural or
representational sculptures
because I like the challenge of
capturing realism in my work.
Gourd Cat #11 - Pooka. A life-sized sculpture, she's made of 10 gourds.
Gourd Cat "Pooka" and real calico cat Halle pose together. The sculpture
was made to be life-sized and painted like the client's own calico cat.
These gourd cats were busy! The larger cats are made of many gourds, while the miniature cats
(3-4 inches tall) are made of one and a half mini doll gourds. All are hand-made, no molds!
My skill has developd over the years. The sculptures began very stylized and the realism has
increased as I've created more and more. Below are some older works that take on a simpler
appearance but are still cute in their own way. Some fun and silly things are mixed in!
The Life-sized baby gourd Elephant, and endeavor taking 4 months in 2012 from
January to April. She was a massive undertaking and was donated to the North
Carolina zoo for their annual benefit auction. She's my largest sculpture to date. To
see more about her and see the process of her creation, visit her dedicated page
The fourth in the series of large detailed gourd dragons, the
commissioned "Aurora" dragon is a sibling to the Great Earth Dragon
(far left). This powerful she-dragon is 16 inches tall and 14 inches long.
A 13.5" gourd "ocean drum" to look like a sea urchin
Gourd Turtle #87, a Red American Toad. Tomcat Rufus approves!
Hyper-realistic Gourd Owl #3 - Saw Whet Owl. My cat Rufus poses with him.
Medium sized gourd dragon, the "Spotted Middle Earth" dragon.