In gourd art, there is a vast array of material that can be used when carving and decorating a gourd. When it comes to doing the rim, the options are just as varied. The best rims are those that complement the gourd's overall design. The rim "completes" the gourd--it makes the gourd look finished. Through more than 200 color images and tutorials from contributing artists, learn how to finish the rims of gourd bowls using chip stone, tubular beading, paper, coiling, leather, wire, clay, pine needle, and flowers. The rims illustrated range from the very simple to the extremely elaborate. A gallery of completed works will inspire your own creative ideas. This book is perfect for gourd artists of all skill levels.
Marianne Barnes is wife of Jim; mother of Mike; step-mother of Jim and Terry; grandmother (Mema) of Michaela and Marissa; step-grandmother of Brad, Trever, and Tate; gourd artist; basket weaver; retired teacher; and author of three books. She lives with her husband and her adorable Shih Tzus, Sammy and Sally, in South Carolina. Marianne is very active in her church and sings in the choir.
Marianne is a member of her local basket group and started a gourd patch that meets every month. She is also an active member of the American Gourd Society. Marianne teaches gourd classes at John C Campbell, Belton Art Center, local patches, and national conventions. She has won many awards for her gourd art.

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