Welcome to my Tangled World!

I can't imagine my life without art

Chawn Vance - The Tangled Gourd


Member of the American Gourd Society and Northwest Polymer Clay Guild

My Story

Chawn Vance ~ The Tangled Gourd Artist


For as long as I can remember I have had a love of art and creativity.  As a young child my favorite pastime was to take my box of crayons outside, find the perfect rock and color it.  I was an extremely shy and sensitive child so being creative and imaginative and creating art allowed an outlet for me.  ​

Now sixty years later, I've gone from coloring on rocks to painting on gourds.  Several years ago, an artist friend introduced me to the art of Zentangle and my discovery of beautiful hard shell gourds have become my "canvas" of choice. 


Over the years I have enjoyed working with many different mediums including pen and ink, acrylic and watercolor, distress inks, colored pencil, paper crafting, mosaic and basket making as well as teaching classes on polymer clay techniques. I am a member of the Pacific Northwest Polymer Clay Guild and have taken classes from master clay artists.


I am also a member of the American Gourd Society.  I hold a degree in graphic design and advertising art from Seattle Central College and have taken many classes throughout my years as an artist.  I believe this gift of creativity has been given to me and I cannot imagine my life without art!

My home and studio are in beautiful Western Washington along with my husband and sweet Pug Malee.  

I'd like to take a moment to say Thank You to Teri McKean Herr for introducing me to Zentangle and Gourds, Martha Bloom for providing me with my beautiful Gourds and Melissa MariBond for website design.


And Thank You for visiting my site ~ take a look around and please feel free to email me with any questions!

The Tangled Gourd Artist

Chawn Vance