Artist Statement: This is a private collection, the art is one of a kind. I do not mass produce.  Commissioned art pieces similar to work previously done is accepted. These photo’s represent some of the art I have completed over the last 15 years. Most of the pieces have been sold and many were given as presents. If you are interested in any design, please contact me. The price range is $80-$1,200.00 depending on the size of the gourd or paintings. The art work takes two or three weeks to complete. The bird houses are waterproof.  Each piece has its own unique name and is signed and dated.

My hobbies include: Growing flowers, helping the elderly, teaching art classes, fishing, volunteer work and walking my dog. Now that I am retired, I spend a lot of time teaching children & elders how to grow, clean and make ugly grounds into beautiful works of art.

Thank you for viewing my website. Please call or write me if you have any questions.

Joan C. Blackwell
Educator, artist, author, proud Army aviator Mom & Lumbee Tribe Member


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Phone: 910-733-3805

In June 2010, I moved back home to Pembroke, NC after living in northern Virginia for 46 years. That fall, I taught gourd art classes for the Lumbee Tribe at their boys and girls clubs; gave a presentation at UNCP featuring my art, interviewed several times by our local newspapers and featured on TV channel 15. It is an exciting time for me as I never realized a hobby would eventually lead to so many rewarding experiences. Currently, finishing graduate work and will complete Master's in Art Teaching December 2019.

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North Carolina Gourd Society

Handmade in American

NC Gourd Reserve

River Roots Art Guild

National Art Education Association 



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