Spirit of the Desert Gourds

This gourd, named Momma’s Big Heart, was made by one of our members. It uses some carving techniques to inset the stone and beading, embossing to create texture. The gourd is colored with a combination of alcohol inks, dyes, and pigments.

Colleen McKnight

Spirit of the Desert Gourds is a patch (or club) based in Sun Lakes. We are members of the Arizona Gourd Society, and membership is open to anyone in the East Valley.

Gourds are called “nature’s canvas,” because just about any art discipline can be used on a gourd. Our members incorporate painting, wood burning, carving, weaving, beading, and other embellishments onto their gourd art.

If you would like to learn more about gourds or get more information, please contact us through our website at www.SpiritDesertGourds.com. We will not be formally meeting until Oct. 21, but many members meet informally through the summer.

Our patch includes members with abilities from novice to grand masters. We all have something to share and learn. We have a focus on working safely and helpful mentoring. Hope you’ll join us!