Catherine Kramer has been working with gourds since 2009. Inspired by both traditional and modern gourd arts from the Asia-Pacific, Americas and Africa, treehouse garden gourds incorporate a variety of natural materials in their design.


Catherine was an art major at the University of Minnesota until pursuing a career in science.  Through classes, workshops and experimentation she has adapted weaving, carving, and painting techniques to a three dimensional canvas.  Each piece is unique and intended to enhance the gourd’s natural form.  A variety of natural and man-made fibers are incorporated in many designs, including botanicals, beads and semi-precious gems and metals.


treehouse gardens is located in rural orange county North Carolina, where gourds are grown by the Kramer family.


treehouse garden gourds are exhibited and sold at the Hillsborough Arts Council gallery, and through the Orange County Artist's Guild.