Leslie Hassett, Gourd Artist

Leslie Hassett

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 “bird 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 one idea of something to do with it but as the design progresses, sometimes, 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!

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