Gourding is my passion!
I started making gourds over fifteen years ago when a friend had a “gourd party” and provided gourds, tools, and embellishments for all of us to use. I fell in love with gourds right then!
For years I mainly made whimsical gourd birds. You can see some of them in my “Gourd Birds Gallery” here. I later developed other techniques such as deep relief carving, wood burning, stone or glass inlay, chip carving, and weaving. I strive to learn more gourd techniques and refine and expand my work all the time.
Each piece is unique. Usually, I pick a gourd and have an idea of what I will do but, as the design progresses, the gourd “fights” with me and seems to say “it doesn’t like my idea”! I take that que and change directions. Eventually the finished piece reveals itself. When it finally comes together it is often a surprise, even to me! It is almost as if each gourd has its own personality and knows what it wants to be. When it works out well, it is a great joy to me and it’s rewarding when people choose to buy a piece for themselves or give them to others as gifts to enjoy.
My Business Name:
The word Gaia means “land” or “earth” and, in Greek Mythology, Gaia is the Goddess of the Earth. I chose the name “Gaia Gourds” because gourds come from the earth and are a primitive, grounding art medium to work with. Also, my style often uses earth tone colors and natural products for embellishments. And, last but not least, both words start with G and it’s a fun pair of words to say!