Jan Meng

  • Gourdphile

  • Mirror Freak

  • Bottle Cap Nut

  • Concrete Maven






I’m introverted. Pathologically so. Or nearly. Would do great glorious things if only I didn’t have to go Out There for meetings and advice and stuff.

I’m capriciously obsessive: my art, yes. Everything else, not so much.

I garden. Love animals with eyes wide open (MY eyes not their eyes). Went to war with raccoons, (one in particular) who invaded my studio. I suspect they now pee in the cat food bowls in retaliation.

I Luv Gourds

Gourds are humankind’s first crockery. Graceful and strong the fruit of the vine is useful and fabulous. Gourd-using cultures are found all over the planet, except in icy stark and hot stark environs.

They’re individuals. And though I love all gourds, I use only the finest botanical specimens in my work. Beloved gourds are considered heirlooms and are passed through generations.

Because gourds are organic and from the garden, I’m compelled to combine them with upcycled bottle caps and pull tabs and whatever else crosses my path and zings me.

If you’re a gourd freak, gourd curious or a latent gourdhead, click here for some gourd genealogy.

My Sparkly Work



Mirrors. I can’t get enough mirrors. I take tiny mosaic mirror pieces and some colored glass and create dazzling mirror suncatchers. They produce calming therapeutic dancing reflections. All concur: a person can sit for hours and watch the light show. Kind of a fish tank effect but you don’t have to feed anything or change the water. As beautiful as they are during the day, at night, they flash like paparazzi. Turn up your music and move. Or sit and have another refreshment.

My Heavy Work


Botanical castings: My concrete botanical castings are one of a kind. I get one shot to pull it off, the actual garden leaf is lost in the process but lives on in exact duplication in concrete. My fussy self compels me to use only the finest concrete. Fortified with wire for extra strength and durability, each leaf is painted with expensive paint and cheap brushes.

Leaves can be artful birdbaths, fountain and pond structures, garden stands. Most leaves can also be mounted on walls and fences.

These are concrete, not hypertufa.

Prices start at $15. I can’t ship this stuff. Cash and carry at Hungry Holler Art Refuge, 1589 State Highway 20, Eucha, OK 74342.

Yard & Patio Art

Have trowel. Will travel.

Custom concrete & mosaic work, emphasis on custom. I combine concrete with your memory-evoking objects in stepping stones, porch posts, and garden planters. A Shutterfly book detailing the creative process, including the sweaty parts, provided at project’s conclusion.

Creative Reuse Art

Bottle Cap Art

Bottle Cap Art mind-boggling crazy in a fabulous way. If it’s indoors and holds still, I can probably bottle cap it. A Shutterfly book featuring project evolution from start to finish is provided at project’s end.




  • Reviews From Etsy

    Reviewed by cbpb

    Fabulous, fabulous, TEN star experience... way more fun than even the pictures can show. Ultimately chic and eternally pleasant! :o]

    Reviewed by Cathy

    My Hickory spoon is beautiful! It will be displayed for awhile before I can use it. I love to just look at the quality work and beautiful wood.

    Reviewed by julsjam

    Red, Green, Silver Mosaic 8" Mirror Star Suncatcher Christmas three hundred sixty five days a year! It's so sweet and sparkles, sparkles, sparkles! The box was packed and shipped in no time! Luv it! Great service!

    Reviewed by zabrnaz

    Thank you so much for my beautiful memorial urn! It's beauty and sentiment touches my heart every time I look at it. Your patience and dedication to every detail is greatly appreciated, as is your talent and passion for the beautiful artwork you create, which shines at every angle. Thank you and looking forward to ordering again in the future!!!

    Reviewed by anuckols

    The gourd turned out great and I have my Buddy's ashes in a nice place that is not depressing (like the urns you can get when your dog is cremated). Jan is very responsive and the images of my dog on the gourd bring back great memories. The whole process of sending images for the gourd made a very depressing loss much more bearable. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by julsjam 

    I love it! I have wanted this piece for quite some time. . packed and shipped to perfection! Many Thanks!

    Reviewed by Christine Wilson

    Wonderful seller and unique artwork. I love these pins! Thanks so much!

    Reviewed by sneikirk3

    wow! it's amazing. My husband and I lit it right after I opened it. Our daughter will LOVE it! Thanks so much. And the natural coloring is perfect.

    Reviewed by Christine Wilson

    These are just wonderful, thank you so much. Talented artist and excellent customer service.

    Reviewed by julsjam

    What a wonderful piece of art! It's stunning and usable...it's a box! This piece is one of the finest gourds I have ever seen. Beautiful art and very thick walled! It should last for hundreds of years. I read about the artist; Jan Meng in a book titled; "Beyond the basics gourd art" by David Macfarlane. I have also seen her on T.V. and in galleries. I have collected gourd art for many years now. I must say she is at the top of her field and highly respected for her art! The piece was shipped at lighting speed and arrived in perfect condition! It was a pleasure dealing personally with Jan Meng! She kept me informed on every step of the shipment and it was packed to perfection. I must say I got a great deal on the piece! I have seen her work go for much more in the galleries. I will check etsy for more pieces. My fellow gourd art collecting friends are green with envy that I purchased a Jan Meng piece! I'm thrilled!

    Reviewed by eggshellmosaicgirl

    Thank you so much for your assistance in surprise delivery of my order. The mystery remains...for now. It's perfect. Your wonderful pins are out anonymously spreading good will in the universe! Thanks so much.