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Meet our Handmade Decor Artists in Prescott, AZ

Larry and Sara Cornwell are the artists behind RCC. Originally from central Illinois, the couple resides in Prescott, Arizona. They have developed a deep love and respect for wildlife and the outdoors. They are inspired by the natural scenery of the area and incorporate it in their beautiful decorative gourds and native American art.

Creating these stunning, custom gourds is a collaborative effort. Many people ask Sara and Larry what steps they perform in making their handmade decor. In reality they both can perform all the steps (cleaning, cutting, staining, etc.). Together, they fashion unique pieces that can't be found anywhere else.

How They Got Started

Larry first began woodcarving in 1989. He started out woodcarving wildfowl and then branched out into woodcarving of more realistic-looking animals. His specialty was relief and stylized woodcarving. Sara has been involved in arts, handmade decor, and crafts for many years as well. She enjoys needleworking and basket making.

Due to their mutual love and appreciation of nature and all living things, Larry, and Sara expanded their interests to include gourds and native American art. Through this medium, they combined their individual artistic abilities and together, began creating beautiful native American art decor.

Decorative Gourd-Making Classes

Over the years, Larry and Sara have taught gourd art classes at locations across the country. Their first class was at the Woodcraft Shop in Bettendorf, Iowa, in 2003. They also taught handmade decor native American art classes at the International Woodcarvers Congress in Davenport, Iowa, from 2005 to 2009.

Sara & Larry Cornwell Create Handmade Decor in Prescott, AZ

In 2007, the couple was invited to teach a course at the Doane Experience at Doane University in Crete, Nebraska. The Doane Experience is sponsored by the Mid-America Woodcarvers Association which conducts seminars at Doane University for a week in July. Larry and Sara taught classes there from 2007 to 2013. They have also taught several classes throughout Arizona.

In 2005, Larry and Sara were invited to participate in the Artists in Residence program at Custer State Park in South Dakota. During the fall of 2014, they completed their 10th and final year in the program.

Japanese Maple Gourd

Arts and Crafts Shows

Apart from teaching classes and working as native American art and handmade decor artists in residence, the couple participates in arts and crafts shows across the country. They have attended the Morton Pumpkin Festival in Morton, Illinois, the Buffalo Roundup & Arts Festival in Custer, South Dakota, the Arizona Gourd Society in Casa Grande, Arizona, and the Valle Country Fair in Valle Crucis, North Carolina.

Educational Backgrounds

Larry and Sara are both retired from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Larry is an emeritus faculty and was a professor of Business Computer Systems at Bradley University's Foster College of Business Administration. Sara worked as a licensed clinical professional counselor in the University's Center for Wellness and Counseling.

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