Jenn Norpchen

Gourd Art
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For Jenn Norpchen, art has always influenced her 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.


My gourd art consists of a little of this, a little of that…a whimsy. The whimsical characteristic of my gourds fascinates and delights 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’.


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.

My 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 illusive “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.


I may carve the gourd with high-speed drills or by hand; embellish with clay or resin, “paint” the gourd with acrylics, dyes, shoe polish, watercolor pencils & crayons, and wax. I even design them with armatures, and housing (internal engineering) all to create my wonderful creature that give me as much happiness as I hope they do you.


I am grateful for the left brained, intellectually stimulating world in which I spend some of my time as an architectural designer…but grateful for the enlightenment and creativity that allow my right brain to rise.

Recognized Award Winner for the California Gourd Society including, Welburn gourd show. Leiser Farms and Davis Ranch shows.

My work has been published in the Ginger Summit and Jim Weidess instructional books for Gourds. “Making Gourd Doll and Spirit Figures.”

My art can be seen at Auburn Old Town Gallery, Auburn, CA. High Hand Gallery Loomis CA, Artery Davis, CA. Gallery 10, Sutter Creek, CA.  Fire and Rain Gallery, Folsom CA. New Morning Gallery, Ashville, NC. Schack Art Gallery, Evette WA., Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, WY.

  • I live and work in Granite Bay California.
  • Custom creations available upon request.

Medium: Gourd Art