The first artist is Vicki Shell, of Johnson City, TN. Vicki is a musician and builds mandolins out of canteen gourds. I have seen some beautiful gourd banjos and guitars, but this is the first mandolin I've seen.
This particular instrument appears to be made of glass. When I played my viola, the instrument and the music emanating from it seemed to take on a life of its own. <--- Thats what the last person said, I completely agree, but I play the violin