Sally Cammack’s gourds are painted with scenes reflective of the coal mining town where she was born and the rural area where she now lives. Most of her gourds are grown herself or by her relatives and friends. Picked in the fall of the year, the gourds are stored in open weave baskets to cure for two to six months. After they are cured, they are soaked in warm soapy water and scraped to remove the mold and outer skin.
Sally begins her design by drawing the scenes on the gourd with a pencil. Next she uses a wood burning tool and water color pens to complete the design. To seal and preserve the design, she adds a layer of rubbed effect varnish. Sally hopes that each gourd offers a bird’s eye view of life in days gone by, showing worlds filled with warmth and country humor.
Sally now creates painted gourd scenes from fragments of gourd and a line of jewelry as well.
Sally’s gourds can also be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.