Pink Sea Shells Vase, carved gourd, 7in h x 4in w
Ceil Rossi lived in Arizona for over 26 and it was during this time she discovered gourds, the magical art form of the southwest.
Her earthy artwork is grown from the ground and it’s these hard shelled vessels that have perpetuated her passion for art. A unique medium for any New England artist, nature’s pottery has helped Ceil Rossi of Agawam nurture her creativity.
The gourd has a smooth buttery skin with varying shapes and it is like working on wood and canvas at the same time. But, instead of being a flat canvas, the gourd is a 3-dimensional art form that can be carved, wood-burned, and painted. The paints that Ceil uses are transparent so you can see the mottled skin of the gourd. “You don’t want to cover up the skin of the gourd because it’s part of the beauty of that gourd,” says Ceil.
She learned from the best, taking classes from well-known gourd artists in the Southwest. Ceil became a respected member of the gourd artist community. She then opened her own gallery, The Carefree Gourd Gallery and teaching studio in the quaint town of Carefree, Arizona.
Ceil’s work can be seen in several gallery’s around Massachusetts and Connecticut and she has participated and won honors in several Fine Art shows. She also teaches in Avon, West Hartford and Windsor, Ct. and at her studio in Agawam, Ma. She is a member of many art organizations in Western Ma. and Ct. She also lectures on the history, art and culture of the gourd, From Field to Fine Art.