Hello, I’m Amanda. I am a gourd artist who also grows my medium.

I live near the Essex/Suffolk border close to Constable Country with my partner, 2 children & 3 cats.

Although I am the main grower & 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 & 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 & what I could do with them was born.

From sowing the seed, growing the vine, hand-pollenating & nurturing the fruit through to curing, cleaning, drilling, carving, burning, colouring, varnishing & finishing. I get attached to my gourds & I love them from start to finish.

My inspiration mainly comes from the gourd itself coupled with my imagination & the beauty in the countryside. Gourds can be all different shapes & sizes & if one looks like a chicken to me – it will be a chicken! I try and make most of my pieces practical as well as aesthetically pleasing. I specialise in clocks, feature lamps & egg holders but if a gourd presents itself as something else – so be it.

Different countries around the world traditionally decorate & style their gourds around their native culture. I feel I have brought a unique & different style to the British gourd.

Being a natural product, there are limited numbers available each year.

I have just been accepted into The Guild of Essex Craftsmen. Something i'm very pleased about & a first for English gourds I believe! 

 

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. 

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My inspiration mainly comes from the gourd itself coupled with my imagination and the beauty of the countryside. Gourds can be all different shapes and sizes. I try and make most of my pieces practical as well as aesthetically pleasing. I specialise in feature lamps and egg holders.

 

Different countries around the world traditionally decorate and style their gourds around their native culture. I feel I have brought a unique and different style to the British gourd.

 

Being a natural product, there are limited numbers available each year.

If you would like a lamp and wish to pay in installments, please contact me using the form for more information.

 

I had the absolute pleasure of appearing on Channel 4's Kirsties Handmade Christmas as part of the Handmade Decorations competition - and I won!

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by Amanda Rutland

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