Hello, I’m Amanda. An award winning gourd artist who also grows my medium. I live near the Essex/Suffolk border close to Constable Country with my partner, 2 children and 3 cats.
Although I am the main grower and crafter, my partner is as involved as me as he also turns the locally-sourced wood bases for the lamps on his lathe. Not to mention varnishing all my gourds.
With a graphic design background, I also love growing fruit & veg on my little allotment and a few years ago a small packet of gourd seeds arrived that I’d ordered online. Little did I know that a year later my passion for growing these amazing fruits and what I could do with them was born.
From sowing the seed, growing the vine, hand-pollinating and nurturing the fruit through to curing, cleaning, drilling, carving, burning, colouring, varnishing and finishing. Each gourd can take up to 2 years from seed to finished piece. You can understand how I get attached to my gourds and I love them from start to finish.
We aspire to producing organic, sustainable yet beautiful pieces of functional art.