Welcome to Gaia Gourds & Design

Poppies and Butterflies

Poppies and Butterflies

It was a pleasure to be in the Bainbridge Island Studio Tour this year December 2, 3, 4  at the Masonic Lodge. It was a wonderful show. Take a look at the Bainbridge Island Studio Tour website to see all the artists in the show.

I am moving to Rochester, Minnesota for a new job so I will not be in any shows in Washington State for the foreseeable future. however, you can always contact me to purchase pieces in my “gourds for sale” page or to request a commissioned piece. Who knows, I may be in shows in Minnesota and may see some of you there!

Thank you for your interest in my work!

My Musings on Making Gourd Art:

I love making art with gourds!  I have always loved the three dimensional art that I can hold in my hands. Growing up I worked in clay but switched to gourds much later when a friend had a “gourd party”.  I’d never heard of gourds as art but after making my first simple gourd I was hooked!  Gourds are messy when you cut and clean the pulp and seeds inside but not as messy as clay and you can do almost anything with them. I use many techniques such as  carving, inlay, weaving, and wood burning and a variety of materials such as natural fibers, stone, leather, ink dyes, and acrylic paints.

Nature inspires me.  I have always felt a spiritual connection with nature… the animals and the trees and flowers … “flora and fauna”.  Some of my work echos things in nature and sometimes I do abstract pieces and pieces with bright colors.  I’m always trying new things and challenging myself to push the limits of what I can do and “go with” the ideas that come to me which seem to be varied in style.

Links to the galleries of my work are to the right.
Thank you for visiting and feel free to contact me with comments or questions.

Leslie Hassett

Please email for pricing at:

Washington State Gourd Society
American Gourd Society
Gourd Art Enthusiasts

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