Jaz Staley

“Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest I grew up appreciating both the ocean and the mountains, the trees, and sea life. I started learning about sewing, quilts, and fibers at an early age and my love for design was born! While I will always quilt and do other fiber arts, gourds have become my passion… Plants AND power tools! But it wasn’t until we retired and moved to Maui that the interest took root, so to speak.

“I am completely self-taught and continue my education by every means possible. Being easily bored I am both struck by the variety of works that can be done on, in, and with gourds, but I am equally interested in the history of gourds and their various functions. It has become my passion and a full-time job that I love.

“Each work is unique – I do not replicate any piece or design. All the work is done with my hands, a Dremel for carving, a wood-burning set, a sander, and cleaning tools with a hand drill. I use gourd dyes that hold up well in sunlight, though no gourd should be left in direct sun, and other materials to create the look I’m seeking.”

“Each gourd is an experiment, and I am usually delighted with the outcome. I hope you enjoy them too!”

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