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Turquoise Tinaja Gourd Bowl(798)

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Fragile desert water holes are called "tinajas" (Spanish: teen-AH-haz); this gourd bowl replicates the turquoise blue tones of that spring water, flowing over deeply carved rock to form life-giving pools. I collected Devil's Claw seedpods and an Arizona juniper branch to nest on the rim of the chestnut toned bushel gourd, all tied together with agave fiber, another Sonoran desert plant. Deep carving shows through the 'water', and drops of skyblue shell heishi beads drip down like a surprise into the pool.

The bowl size is a tall 9.” in height by 8.5” widest diameter.

A satin-gloss finish seals the extensive carving and dyework but does not water or sunproof this art piece. The interior is finished in a rich matte black. I source my gourds only from Arizona through local gardening friends, a small family-owned farm in the Gila River Valley, or from my own Verde Valley garden. All materials used are non-toxic, and I use locally obtained, sustainable Arizona natural materials whenever possible. (All art pieces are shipped Parcel Post by USPS. For special requests, international shipping or Priority shipping please convo me.)

Turquoise Tinaja Gourd Bowl(798)


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: bushel gourd, pine needles, agave fibers, natural waxed linen thread, seagrass fiber, juniper branch, Devils Claw seedpod, alcohol transtint dyes, satin polyurethane, acrylic matte paint, shell heishi beads
  • Ships from United States to select countries.
  • Feedback: 60 reviews
  • Favorited by: 5 people