The Ugly Stage…..

Ugly Stage is right!  Gourds, while drying out over the winter become a moldy, fuzzy, yucky mess.  Just wanted to show you their journey while they dry out.  Here take a look, picture is worth a thousand words……

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Very furry!  The furry stage is one of the last stages.  The gourds then shed the fur and turn the mottled brown. (like the one to the left).  I freaked out the first time I saw this stage!  LOL.  I thought I had done something wrong and they were all just rotting away.  Nope, it was a positive sign after all.  Let them continue through this stage until they are lightweight and dry.

Just maybe I will get to paint a few this summer!  Cyn

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About designbycyn

Sonoma County, California ceramic enthusiasts Cyn and Steven Gradek have worked in the clay medium since 1996. They had a retail store where they held classes and provided the essentials for fellow ceramic enthusiasts. The business evolved into producing for other retail outlets and artist. Which quickly grew and they closed the retail storefront and concentrated on the wholesale business. With their 3 children raised and on their own, they had time to pursue their own creativity. Cyn learned how to embroider from her Grandma Cirner at a young age. After that she found sewing, cross stitching, crocheting, well you get the jist, LOL. She hasn't met a craft that she hasn't liked. Blogging was suggested by her youngest daughter, Colleen. At first it was a battle to get her to try it, but eventually Cyn started to enjoy the exercise. The blog on Cyn's website designbycyn.com was limiting, so Colleen got her started with Wordpress. Hope you enjoy her Adventures with Creativity!
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