Decorative Gourd Bowls

Saturday, July 7   9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This one-day workshop will begin with a demonstration of preparing gourds for various mediums. Students will try different finishes on gourd scraps to determine which one they would like to use for their project. They will also choose a woven top option. Students will finish the gourd and begin the top rim embellishment in the afternoon.

As time permits and during the finish drying periods, the instructor will demonstrate other gourd finishing techniques such as pyrography and gold leafing.

Using an apron or wearing old clothes is a good idea.

For beginners, ages 14 and up

Download the class brochure

Fee: $55 (includes supplies and use of tools)
See below for special pricing when you sign up for both of Mike’s workshops!

Lunch on your own
Bring a bag lunch… there is a refrigerator and microwave available for use.

June workshop
Mike’s June workshop is Wax Art on Gourds. As mentioned above, get a $10 discount when signing up for both! You must register separately for each class. This doesn’t have to be done at the same time, but keep in mind that space is limited!

Click here for information about the June workshop.


Lynchburg artist Mike Connolly is a self-proclaimed gourd-head who enjoys sharing his knowledge of gourds and gourd projects with others. He has taught classes in North Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Mike’s gourds have won numerous blue ribbons, one Best-in-Show and one People’s Choice Award!

Connolly is a retired Naval officer, a retired public school teacher, and presently teaches U.S. History and Virginia History in the Virginia Community College System. His previous avocations include stained glass and watercolor.

Registration & Payment

Space is limited; seats remaining are shown in the Seats dropdown list below. Please submit your registration early! If all seats have been booked, please email us if you'd like to be put on a waiting list in case of a cancellation, or for future classes.

Your registration will be confirmed via email.

After submitting your registration you may pay online (if available for this class) or by check/cash (see payment instructions in your confirmation email).

Registration is not complete until full payment is received by the Bower Center a minimum of 3 days before the start of class.

Cancellation Policy

Classes subject to cancellation by the Bower Center if minimum attendance is not met or other circumstances beyond our control; 100% refund applies.

If attendee cancels, 85% of class fees will be refunded, unless the withdrawal notice is received within one week (7 days) of the first class meeting, then no refund will be issued.

If you are registering for multiple people: please include their name(s) in the Comment box below; this enables us to provide a detailed attendee list to the instructor.

Bookings no longer allowed on this date.