Beautiful, Virginia-grown gourds turn into unique works of art when my mother and business partner, Kathy Kelley, is involved! She grows most of her gourds from seed, hand-pollinates each one, dries and cleans them, and then turns each one into something special! Birdhouses, luminaries, bowls, holiday decorations….you name it, she can do it! She uses alcohol inks, acrylic paint, leather dye, spar varnish, beads, natural materials (feathers, shells, antlers) and wood-burning to transform a plain gourd into a work of art. The gourds are not available for shipment due to their delicate nature, although they will be available at some of the festivals where Shamrock Studios sets up.