Art has always influenced Jenn Norpchen’s life. With a degree in Interior Design and a minor in Fine Arts, she used her background in ceramics and sculpture to meld the two mediums.
Cultures from all over the world have used gourds in all parts of their lives, from the functional to the spiritual and aesthetic. Emerging from beautiful seeds, the gourd dries for several months in the sun.
Jenn says, “My gourd art consists of a little of this, a little of that…a whimsy. The whimsical characteristics of my gourds fascinate and delight me. I am enchanted by the imperfect nature of gourds and the fact that no two are alike. The gourd is a magical canvas: its shape and patterns guide the artist to what it will become, ‘each piece unique’. A gourd starts to synthesize what is in me … a daydream during a hike, the energy release after a day at work, a funny cartoon, a good laugh, or a visit to an art museum.
My real appreciation is for the elusive “Gourd Hunt.” I will hunt for hours to find the perfect gourd. Each piece is unique … a way of going to that other place where the mind escapes, shoulders relax, and the breathing comes easy.”