Art of the Southwest Gourd Art

southwestgourdart is taking a short break.

Our shop is currently on vacation. Due to personal commitments, we are not able to re-open our shop at this time. WE DO hope to open again in the fall of 2015. Thank you for your interest. Please check back with us.
Thank you
Rob and Mary

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PLEASE NOTE: As we do every summer, we will be putting our Etsy Store on vacation for the summer while our gourds travel to farmer's market in Cortez, CO, every Saturday. The last day to order, this summer will be Thursday June 3. We will be open again for the winter the first part of October. THANK YOU.

We are a man and wife team; we work both individually and in concert on our creations. Because we so often share in the creation of our gourd art, in particular the detail work, it seems less complicated for us to say "I did" when asked "who made this." The primary artist takes credit by including initials on the bottom of the gourd.
We have a small workshop/studio in our home and spend much of our leisure time working together while we listen to music.

Art of the Southwest is located at the foot of Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, adjacent to the homes of both the Ute and the Navajo and the heart of the lands of the Ancestral Puebloans (Anasazi) The rocks and canyon walls which spread out for miles in every direction were canvases for their stories, adventures, dreams and spiritual visions. There are literally thousands of such petroglyphs and pictographs, some are famous, but most are little known and many are hidden. Art of the Southwest artists select from both categories of rock art to ornament their work. Artists occasionally work pottery designs. They are happy to do custom work, using photos supplied by the buyer. Using mostly homegrown gourds, the artists hand draw elements taken from photos and use pyrographic techniques and/or wax resists to create rock art images in miniature. There is no use of stencils or other means of quick reproduction. Stains, inks or dyes add a bit of subtle color that could be found in nature. The rims of the gourd art are usually finished by hand stitching on natural fibers such as yucca fibers, wild grasses, tree and brush bark, leather or horse hair, etc. Each piece is signed and numbered by the artist and completed by a separate base comprised of a rope ring, twigs, a ring-shaped cut of gourd or other materials. Every piece of work done by Art of the Southwest is one of a kind. Although a design could be done with a different rim style or different color, work is limited to the size and variety of seasoned gourds available.
We are members of the American Gourd Society, Mancos Chamber of Commerce, the Mancos Valley Arts Council and the Cortez Farmer's Market Group
. Feel free to contact us with special requests. For further information, contact southwestgourdart [!at] or email at hiznherz [!at]