Nevada Gourd Society

  Est 2016

Hawaiian Percussion Instrument
(ipu heke 'ole)

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Jelena Clay

Friday, September 13

Half Day

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

$65.00

Class description

We will create a laua'e fern design on an ipu heke 'ole, hawaiian percussion instrument. Ipu (gourds) play a key role in hula by providing rhythm and sound for the chant and dancers. The two basic beats of any ipu can be referred to as "u" (downbeat) and "te" (upbeat). The downbeat is played with the heel of the hand on the bottom of the gourd and the "te" is played with the fingers of the hand hitting the side of the gourd. 


The pattern chosen is a fragrant fern used in hula lei making. I will also teach how to make cordage for around the neck of the gourd. This cordage technique can be used for many things such as wrapping gifts or sewing to the tops of gourds.


This class is for all levels of gourders.


I will supply paints, dyes and cordage material and bits.


NOTE: Due to early travel arrangements that Jelena must make to teach at our festival, the class cancellation cut-off date is August 1, 2019.


What you are required to bring

A dremel with flex shaft or comparable. Bottle gourd of any size cleaned inside and out. cut the top off at the widest part. I can bring a gourd for anyone needing, email jelenaclay@gmail.com.

About the instructor

Jelena Clay is a mixed media artist that resides in Hilo on the Island of Hawaii. She is the daughter of Serbian emigrants and was raised in Saratoga, California. At 20 years old she relocated to the islands and has called it home for over 30 years. Jelena works primarily with gourds and creates gourd, mixed media sculptures and oil paintings relating to the Island flora and culture. Jelena has worked with the hula arts community for many years. The Hawaiian culture is deeply rooted in nature which is her primary influence, and her work is a culmination of her island experiences and knowledge.

Questions about this class?

Email Jelena at:  jelenaclay@gmail.com