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Lynne Kottel - Sandoval Signpost Featured Artist

Originally from Rochester, New York, I have lived most of my life in San Diego, California, where my interest in arts and crafts first developed. In 1998, I discovered a whole new world of art expression in hard-shelled gourds, offering wonderful new opportunities in which to express my love of the Southwest.

Relocating to Placitas, New Mexico has given me the opportunity to live in what I believe is the most beautiful and inspiring part of the United States. With spacious land, lovely high-desert terrain and magnificent sunrises and sunsets, I have been able to further explore my artistic abilities and start my own business, Zia GourdsTM.

The Zia Pueblo People created the Zia symbol to honor the Earth, the Spirit and the sacredness for all life—I strive to honor the Zia meaning in my gourd art.

Natural materials are used in my basketry and weaving techniques to enhance each gourd’s individual personality--to express its true spirit. Gourds, with their fanciful shapes, markings and colorations are truly an inspiring medium in which to work. They offer themselves as nature’s unique design opportunities!

I am Founding President of the newly formed New Mexico Gourd Society and a member of New Mexico Arts, the American Gourd Society, the California Gourd Society and The Misti Washington Gourd and Basket Guild. My gourd art has been exhibited in juried shows in Placitas and Santa Fe, New Mexico and can be found in Weems Gallery (Eubank) and Enchanted Fountains Home Gallery (Old Town).

My “Smiling Spirit” piece received a Third Place Award in the Fine Arts Category (Ceramics, Pottery) in the 2002 New Mexico State Fair. The most fun and rewarding part of my business is teaching gourd art classes in Placitas.

I hope my gourd art brings you much enjoyment. Each piece is unique unto itself and is signed and dated. Please visit my website at and my Gallery with If you should choose one of my gourd pieces to live with you, I hope the spirit of the gourd radiates harmony and joy in your life!

Gourd by Lynne Kottel - Zia Gourds



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