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Cora Raiford
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  • Jacksonville, FL
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Where best to sell gourd art?
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I have a gourd doll that is ready to be sold.  I'm not an avid eBay or etsy user, because I can't churn out enough work to make either site worth maintaining.  Any tips, ideas or recommendations are…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cora Raiford Sep 20, 2011.

making gourd dolls
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Do any of you talented artists specialize in gourd dolls? 

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christine Pace Sep 11, 2013.

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Cora Raiford replied to Janice Reich's discussion Doll Heads
"The book never happened.  I feel like such a fake.  The two people who said they were "IN" both backed out.  Too much like work, I guess.  At about the same time, my health took a nose dive and I just bundeled up all…"
Sep 12, 2013
Cora Raiford replied to Janice Reich's discussion Doll Heads
"I use egg gourds for doll heads simply because they come in all sizes.  A quick sanding and a bit of moisture allows the air dry clay to adhere beautifully.  AND - if you really scew up, you can scrape all the clay off without damaging the…"
Sep 12, 2013
Christine Pace replied to Cora Raiford's discussion making gourd dolls
"I would love to see other's gourd dolls/people please! Thanks, Christine Pace  chris_p_artist@yahoo.com http://christinepaceart.webs.com"
Sep 11, 2013
Cora Raiford commented on GAE Challenge's photo


"Fantastic job, Lisa!  Love the detail.  What sort of clay/product did you use?"
Aug 8, 2013
Cora Raiford commented on Christine Pace's photo

Gourd doll using dried botanicals

"She's cute as can be! Love her hat and hair and the use of corks.  Now why didn't I think of that??  And, having 'spare' heads is a great idea.  A tip if you should ever decide to sculpt a face on a gourd; use a…"
Aug 2, 2013
Cora Raiford commented on Cora Raiford's blog post my gourd dolls
"A brief update: the large competition piece I've been working on for months is finally on the downhill side.  Thanks to my sister and her fancy sewing machine.  She whipped the outrageous designs, my eye-ball paterns and strange…"
Jul 16, 2013
Cora Raiford replied to Cheryl Trotter's discussion Anyone bought from Turkey???
"Cheryl, I don't know how large of a city you live in, but your Chamber of Commerce might be able to connect you with a local club of Turkish immagrints.  Some times, these ethnic clubs are even listed in the yellow pages.  Hope this…"
Jun 7, 2013
Cora Raiford posted a status
"Thanks, Tamara! She's with 6 more of my dolls at another library exhibit, until next month. They called ME! WOW!!"
Nov 14, 2012
tamara faith king commented on Cora Raiford's photo


"So Stinkin cute!!"
Nov 13, 2012
Cora Raiford commented on Cora Raiford's photo


"Thank you, Darla and June!  I really had a lot of fun making her.   Forgot to mention that the cactus top and arms are also gourd pieces."
Oct 17, 2012
Darla Hines commented on Cora Raiford's photo


"YeaHaw! How perfect for the SW....the steed has lots of speed and charater...and pumpkin bombs...fun fun fun!"
Oct 17, 2012
June Johnson commented on Cora Raiford's photo


"I usually hate Holloween stuff, but she takes the cake.  I love her.  you are very talented!"
Oct 17, 2012
Cora Raiford commented on Cora Raiford's photo


"Thank you, Linda.  At the moment, she has parked Lighting (the horse) on the console in the foyer, staring out the side light at anyone who comes to the front door.  The kids love her, but the adults always say,  ". . .…"
Oct 17, 2012
Linda Prince commented on Cora Raiford's photo


"OMG Cora!  This is really great!!!!  Perfect for the Southwest!  I love it!  "
Oct 17, 2012
Cora Raiford commented on Gloria Irla Marlow's photo

Winny steppin out

"Two-sided fabric tape is great for those tight spots."
Oct 16, 2012
Cora Raiford commented on Gloria Irla Marlow's photo

Winny steppin out

"Gloria, I LOVE her!  What a great job.  I have to ask though, do you have a hard time sewing such small costumes?  I can put together a doll in a day's time, but sewing such small clothes makes me crazy. "
Oct 16, 2012

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Their versatility - I like being able to make figures using gourds as my 'building material'.

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They won, but . . .

My masquerade couple won a 'judges' choice' - which amounted to about 4th place.  But when I received my dolls back from the contest, both of the lady's legs were broken at the knees and ankles.  They weren't made of gourds.   I filed a claim with UPS and they paid, but I must now replace the lady's legs - which isn't going to be easy.                                                                                              

Posted on February 2, 2014 at 7:28am

competition piece -wish me luck!

Finally.  Only spent a good six months on these two.  And yes, there are gourds in there.   I love egg gourds for the heads because if I REALLY mess up the sculpting, I just scrape all the clay off and start again.  Can't do that with styrofoam.

Here, the guy has removed his mask and is about to swipe HER…


Posted on August 31, 2013 at 11:57am

my gourd dolls

seems like I've been away forever!  Been busy with the gourd dolls - 3 for competition and one as a gift.  Had surgery on my right thumb to correct arthritis damage so progress is frustratingly slow.  BUT you'll be happy to know that my cactus jumping witch will be published in the fall issue of Art Doll Quarterly.  AND - my (gourd) bride doll is in the current (summer) issue of ADQ.  If I can remember how to do it, will post a photo of her.

For those of you who want to see the gourds…


Posted on June 7, 2013 at 8:10pm — 1 Comment

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At 6:36pm on February 5, 2012, Vickie Seifert said…

Can't wait to see your witch, Cora!

At 4:31am on January 3, 2012, Kim Bilek said…

Cora, so sorry to hear you will not be joining us-I hope its nothing serious-kim

At 6:58pm on December 10, 2011, Linda Vacca said…

Cora, these are all gourd based?  Linda

At 11:09am on November 30, 2011, Cara Bevan said…

Hi Cora!

Amazing gourd sculpting skills! WOW I love your figures! Someday I might like to trade with you - or possibly purchase a custom made gourd figure from you? Don't know if you do that, but you're amazing! Keep uploading more!

I'd never heard of a Zucca gourd before, although I do have several and haven't found a use for them. The "doll gourds" I use are like dumbbells. I don't know their proper name though.

Keep sculpting! Yay for paperclay! *highfive*

At 6:23pm on November 5, 2010, Mike Peyton said…
Apparently I can't e-mail you unless were "friends". Otherwise, you can visit my website, www.freewebs.com/peytonartwork, and leave me your e-mail there.
At 10:18pm on November 3, 2010, Mike Peyton said…
Got your note on my Gourd Dog pic; want to clue me in on what your book is about?
At 4:38pm on November 2, 2010, Dan DeBruler said…
Hi Cora...thanks for adding me to your friends.
At 10:45am on August 2, 2010, Cassandra Iverson said…
Hi Cora, Yes, I made the "Jungle Man" with gourds. I have quite a few Gourd Figures...which you can see on http://www.picturetrail.com/gourdwizard Of course, I have several new ones I have not posted yet....if I ever get time!!! When you go to the site....click on the "figures" link (I think).
At 11:21am on June 18, 2010, Christine Pace said…
Hi Cora - QuikWood is not sold at Lowes, but is at Home depot, also many gourd suppliers have it. And misterart.com has it plus QuikCrete, QuikGlass, etc.... for use on concrete, glass and such. It's a 2-part epoxy that, when mixed, drys very quickly. Apoxie Sculpt is similar but has a longer open time.
At 8:52am on June 17, 2010, Christine Pace said…
Hi Cora - I received your comment! I should get a picture of "Harley" tomorrow afternoon, so will get it sent to you soon(by Saturday?). To answer your question, I use QuikWood as my "clay". I have a note in the FORUM on this site you might want to read. One from Sandy Taylor is great too. Also, type in Peggy Ash after clicking on "MEMBERS" and ask her anything; don't know of a thing she doesn't know, and she taught me about Quikwood. She's also great with Polymer clay.

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