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A little bit about me...

Hello, I’m Amanda Rutland, and I'm a gourd artist who also grows my medium.

I live near the Essex/Suffolk border, close to Constable Country, with my partner, two children and two cats.

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.

My inspiration mainly comes from the gourd itself, coupled with my imagination and the beauty of the countryside.

Although I am the main grower and crafter, my partner Neil 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 (scroll further for more about Wonky Wood).

We are both self-taught and compliment each others talents perfectly, aspiring to producing organic, sustainable yet beautiful pieces of functional art together.

amanda rutland gourd artist
amanda rutland gorgeous gourds

A little bit about the process...

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.

So now you can understand how I get so attached to my gourds - I love them from start to finish.

Gourds are part of the pumpkin/squash family and are usually grown in hot climates. They have had numerous uses throughout history, including as tools, musical instruments, objects of art and food.

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

In fact, I am currently one of only a few sellers of handcrafted gourds in the UK.

Gourds can be all different shapes and sizes. I try and make most of my pieces practical as well as aesthetically pleasing.

I specialise mostly in feature lamps and egg holders, but over the years I have tried all kinds of other products, which you can find in the shop.

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

If you would like to try your hand at crafting a gourd, please contact my good friend Julie Grice who has a much bigger polytunnel than me! Her email is

hanging gourds
handmade gourds

Wonky Wood

Neil is my partner & expert woodsman who turns the lamp bases for the gourds and creates his own stunning bowls from local wood.

After having to retire from tree surgery due to back problems, he carried on his wood passion via his lathe in our garage. He is self taught with a high attention to detail.

Neil turns many of his bowls green (fresh and undried) so are ‘wonky’, a slight warping of the wood that occurs naturally as its dried. It gives the bowl its own character and interest.

wonky wood bowl
handmade wonky wood neil
One of the earliest domesticated types of plants, subspecies of the bottle gourd Lagenaria siceraria have been discovered in archaeological sites dating from as early as 13,000 BC

As seen on TV..

I had the absolute pleasure of appearing on Channel 4's 'Kirstie's Handmade Christmas' in 2018 as part of the Handmade Decorations competition - and I won!

It was an incredible experience working alongside other talented crafters, and I'm still so proud of the finished piece. 

Although this my first (and only!) brush with fame, my gourds have been featured on TV and in films such as 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil'.

I have also sold them to celebrities and even a Feng Shui master!

kirstie allsopp amanda rutland
winner kirstie's handmade christmas
As seen on TV

What do people say...

"I have a beautiful Fleur de Lys lamp which casts wonderful patterns on the ceiling. Amanda’s crafting is exceptional. I feel very lucky to own one." 

- Susanne

"My sister bought me a gorgeous blue gourd for my birthday. It looks fabulous, I'm delighted. Beautiful and skilfully made. Thank you."

- Louise

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