Welcome to Gaia Gourds & Design

Poppies and Butterflies

Poppies and Butterflies

Upcoming Show!

I’m happy to announce that I will be in the Bainbridge Island Studio Tour this year on December 2, 3, 4. I will be at the Masonic Lodge at 1245  Grow Avenue NE.

Take a look at the Bainbridge Island Studio Tour Website. There are many other wonderful artists at the Masonic Lodge including glass artist Dixie Armfield-Rogerson and jewelry maker Passiko True who were with me at Art in the Woods last year.

Since I will not be in Art in the Woods this year I hope those of you who have come to see me there can make it out to the Bainbridge Island Studio Tour!

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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