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Welcome to the Yellow Cottage Studios

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ― Pablo Picasso

My name is Dani Montoya and I am a Gourd Artist and a wannabe potter!

Gourd Art I love to create art and I love to do it with what nature gives me. Although I love to experiment with other art forms, I continually fall back on working with Gourds. Gourds are hard shelled plants. I still haven’t figured out if it is considered a fruit or a veggy but personally I would never try to eat one. Through out history gourds have been used as vessels. Made into bowls, spoons, drinking cups, they were the kitchen appliance!. Today, they are quickly becoming an art form. If you are interested in learning more about using gourds as an art medium, please visit my site, www.gourdgoddess.com

Since gourds are grown from Mother Earth Herself and clay is really just dirt, I love tp think of my art as recycling what nature has provided.  Within the walls of my little yellow cottage studio, half of my studio is devoted to gourds and the other half is where I play in clay. Within these pages I will share with you my ups and downs, successes and failures, lessons learned, thought processes and how to’s. As I weave my way through Pottery, I hope to inspire you to keep trying, keeping throwing. As I weave my way through life you may have to hear about that as well. I hope you don’t mind! And I will share with you what I make.

I hope you will follow me on my path as I explore being an artist.