Each piece of our artwork is inspired by story, for the story is what connects us all.The creations you find here are from us, a husband and wife Artisan team from the Appalachia. We offer Contemporary Folk Art Paintings,Native Flute Music, Eastern Woodland Style Flutes, Folk Art and Spirit Dolls, Gourd Art, Gourd Jewelry, Drums and Rattles, and Animal Totem Stones. Here on our blog you can find the symbolic meanings behind our artwork, and animal totem meanings.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
The Birth of the Gourd
Gourds have been with us for at least 10,000 years, and it's uses are as diverse and wide as it's evolution. Native to Africa, they spread rapidly throughout the world.
Gourds have been and continue to be transformed into musical instruments, drums, birdhouses, bowls, bottles, baskets, masks, rattles, jewelry....the possibilities are endless. They are known as nature's pottery, and are probably my most loved medium to create with.
The amount of work that goes into a creation is time consuming when you take into consideration the growing cycle, harvest, drying cycle, and cleaning before you ever get to the actual fun part of turning it into a work of art. Once finished, it provides a sense of completion like no other.