Jennifer’s Gourds Whimsical Gourd Art Creations. The foundation and inspiration for each of Jennifer’s pieces begins with a simple gourd (ipu). Gourds are an organic product of nature that have been used by ancient cultures all around the world. Once completely dried, these hardened and cured gourds will never change shape, providing Jennifer with the versatile canvas in which to create her endless array of whimsical characters. Each gourd is then brought to life with the addition of polymer clay and/or wood, and are all individually hand-painted in acrylics.