MesquiteGourds' Shop Announcement

Welcome! Summer is officially here and snow on the San Francisco Peaks in my view to the north has melted away. Oaks and maples are bright green, and the cottonwoods along the Verde River show fluttery leaves in the summer breezes. I'm back from a jaunt through Utah, Oregon and Montana with lots of new ideas for fun themes. I've been working on ornaments of all shapes, sizes and patterns. They are fun to hang throughout the year, with themes for Christmas as well as spring, summer and all seasons! There are a lot of new bowls reflecting our southwestern heritage, and I am always happy to customize for you. Thank you for looking, and remember that your purchase also supports a family-owned and run gourd farm in central Arizona's Gila River Valley!

The versatility of gourds makes them one of my favorite natural materials. They can be painted, dyed, carved and woodburned, and I love trying new techniques so each one of my pieces is unique! I grow many of my own gourds and strive to use locally obtained natural materials that reflect respect for the environment while adding to the artistry of the completed work. Gourds and squash are one of the "Three Sisters" grown by native American tribes (along with corn and beans) in the Southwest. They continue to be an important component of the culture as a food and for utilitarian and art purposes. A gift of Nature to the Ancients and to us, gourds are still a lovely gift for all occasions!

This shop accepts Etsy Gift Cards.