Carol Kroll

Siler City, NC | Exhibiting Since 2011

My work literally and figuratively begins as a seed. I combine my passion for art and love of gardening by growing gourds and using them as my eco friendly and sustainable art medium. A background in textile design influences my work with gourds. As a textile designer, I discovered that many of the patterns I used for fabric design were fashioned after the fractal patterns repeated throughout nature. This continues to inspire my work and serves as reminder to me of our connection to everything in the universe. Once dried and properly prepared, hard-shell gourds have a texture and look of wood. The shape and thickness of the gourd help me determine the carving techniques to use. To create depth of color and vibrancy, I use many layers of colored glazes. The finished piece is sealed with several coats of polyurethane for lifetime durability.