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Hand Crafted Gourd Pyrography

Debbie Martinez-Rambeau is a Yaqui gourd pyrography artist. Her people have traditionally used gourds for centuries as drums, rattles, and containers. As a gourd artist in Los Angeles, California, her handcrafted art has an inspiring beauty that draws from a variety of influences, including Old World, historical references, and natural elements. As a traditional bead worker and basket weaver she has incorporated traditional southwest and modern designs by burning them into the outer gourd shell. Debbie has developed a unique burning style for her designs which resembles black pottery along with a wide range of various finishes to help turn your home decor from ordinary into the extraordinary.

Jared Buffalo Gourd Art

The Process

She then inlays and enhances her artwork by using bead work, silver work, bones, stones, shells, or other traditional embellishments. A variety of materials are used for color such as dyes, earth clays, milk paint, natural dyes, wood stains, and inks and each piece is finished with various polishes, enamels or acrylics.

National Recognition

Debbie has achieved national acclaim and recognition for her pieces. Her works are in numerous public and private collections and can be seen in many galleries, pow wows, and museums in the United States and abroad.  She is contracted to sell with the Western National Park Association, and is one of 40 American Indian Artist who was invited to sell at the 2012 First Nations Presidential Inaugural Ball. Debbie's artwork is also published in The Gourd Art Book. She has chosen to work primarily with gourds as her main artistic expression since 1987. 

A Message From Debbie

My business was founded in 1994 when I decided to "go public" with my gourd art. Response was immediately overwhelming. Starting with my first show, the Southern California Indian Center Pow Wow in Orange County, the year of the Olympics in Los Angeles, which put me on the map with pieces throughout the world, private collections, museums, and galleries nationwide and the world has since purchased my pieces.

I feel a completeness; a sense of self as a Yaqui and Chicana when working with gourds, silver, shells, stones, and beads. Perhaps it's the circular shapes, the archetypal circles that reflect the endless exploration of what my materials give back to me as I design them.

Debbie Martinez-Rambeau

Certainly, the gourds, turquoise and beads tell me of my origins as a Yaqui and teach me to understand and appreciate my past traditions. Traditions which are given new birth with each gourd I complete.

I take enormous pride in creating gourd art and hope that you'll find something in my catalog that you like. I look forward to doing business with you.

Grandkids Gourds

Jared is 19, Eric is 15, and Ava is 13 and they are all young gourd artists. Each of them started when they were 5 years old and were capable of safely handling cutting tools, saws, drills, and burning tools. Their work is in various galleries, stores, homes, and with southwest collectors. Each of them has sold pieces at Santa Fe Indian Market, powwows and various Indian markets. They continue with the same motifs from the southwest and have all learned each of the same techniques from their Ti'ina Debbie. They are serious and creative gourd artists. They have each studied art privately through the Renaissance Art School in Northridge, California. Eric also works with his Great Grandfather, Gregg and has learned how to create  jewelry pieces, necklaces, bracelets, and rings with sterling silver and copper. He also whittles branches and inlays stones into walking sticks and canes.

Jared TrepepiEric TrepepiAva Trepepi

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