Handcrafted with Aloha in Hawai'i
Gourd is a beautiful gift from nature. It takes about six months to grow and six more months to cure them.
They have been an important part of history of many cultures throughout the world for centuries and still play an important role in the Hawai'ian culture. They're used widely in the hula dance and traditional chants.
The beautiful tropical flowers, leaves and the gentlest creature, the giant green sea turtles here on the islands are a big part of my inspirations. Most of my work are carved or woodburned and some, cut-out. They're all done right on my lanai (deck) at my home, here on the island of O'ahu, Hawai'i. Each design is original and freehand, sketched and painted by me.
From seeing my mother's tremendous appreciation for natural things and curves, I grew stronger in believing in their beauties that I saved my ruler only for measuring the gourds and almost never to make straight lines in my designs.
The designs are painted with paints that last and better suit even the Hawai'ian humid and sunny weather.
I have a high respect for gourds. They're beautiful as they are and when working with them, I try my best to preserve the beauty of their natural shapes, textures, unique characters and "imperfections" by designing them accordingly. The last thing I want to do is taking away the gourd's natural beauty.
Gourds are sustainable and most of the gourds I use are grown organically.
To see what's available at this time, please visit the What's Available page
If you have a non-island designs or different styles in mind, I would like to hear and either try to make it a reality or I will be glad to introduce you to my wonderful gourder friends. I have a lot of wonderful gourder friends who specialize in different things, such as human figures and Native Americans that I'm fond of but not good at. I would be happy to ask them to contact you directly.
I've been fascinated by gourds since 2003.
After looking at a red-painted gourd birdhouse in a book my auntie Ria had sent us,
without any experience in carving, painting or even drawing, I just had a sudden urge to get a gourd.
I picked up the tools we had and just like that, I was addicted! (Nobody had warned me!)
After all these years, it's still a hobby rather than a business.
Mahalo for stopping by and please contact me with any comments or questions.
Gourds, Ceramics and Island Crafts