Cia Silla the Creator of the Gourd Carousel ™



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Who created the first Gourd Carousel ™? It was the one and only Cia Silla along with her husband Tio. She first designed a Gourd Carousel ™ in 2009 and to date has over 120 different and unique creations/designs to her collection. This new form of art was begun as an expression to create a unique use of something different. Coming from a family of artists and growing up with and being exposed to many different forms of art, she experimented with the comely gourd until she was happy with her new creation.

Cia Silla the Gourd Carousel ™ Artist
Cia Silla the
Gourd Carousel ™
Artist
Her background in the world of art is a family thing! Three generations of artists on both her mothers and fathers' sides, all working in a variety of mediums established a solid background and love for creativity. Her mother works with paper Mache sculptures, and her grandmother was involved in both textile art and fabric sculpture. This same trait has also emerged in Cia’s aunt who is an accomplished still life artist while her uncle used his natural talent working with wood and metal to create one of a kind pieces of art.

Growing up, her mother was not the only artist under the roof. Her father owned and operated two Western Fine Art and Bronze Sculpture galleries that inspired Cia. Her oldest brother is an inventor and in his spare time he creates whimsical whirlygigs. Her youngest brother uses leather to create unbelievable Practical Art works.

While at college, Cia further pursued her gift as she studied art and business. Cia concentrated on textures through textiles, the carving of wood in free standing and relief carving forms. To further her exposure to wood carving she traveled to the heart of the masters of wood carving, Austria, where she studied and skied. For a new world perspective she also studied Mayan sculptures and relief carvings in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. After graduating college, she worked designing and presenting fine jewelry.

As with all professional artists, she has had her art on display in many places. Two of these locations in America have included the Wild Goose Gallery and the Wellington Fine Art Gallery. Cia is also a member of the Pennsylvania Gourd Society.

Cia Silla the Gourd Carousel ™ Artist
Cia Silla the
Gourd Carousel ™
Artist
Cia has blended her interest in a wide scope of art mediums and influences into her Gourd Art Designs. She has taken the perspectives learned from working on Woodcarving with Relief work and sculpture, Paper Mache Sculpture, Free standing sculpture that are larger than life size using wire and epoxy, and blended them into her Gourd Art. Other areas of influence are her textile creations of Quilt designing, Rug Hooking, Rug Braiding and Fiber Weaving.

Gourd art designs are the passion of Cia but they are not her only interest or influence on your creations. She also has a knack for other areas of art that include Photography and clay and fabric figurines, but the call of gourd art design always beckons her. This is where her true passion lies in the world of art. So much so that she started up the Gourd Store in the fall of 2011 to showcase her creations and offer them to the awaiting public.

Cia is known to be working at all hours of the day and night on her gourd designs. This is a common trait among artist who have to bring their inspirations to life when the calling occurs.

While the Gourd Carousel ™ does take some inspiration from Cia's German heritage and the German Christmas Carousel, it is 100% authentic and each piece is an original work of art made to be enjoyed and last a life time.

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