Susan Nonn has been hooked on gourds for nearly 20 years – ever since she attended the Ohio Gourd Society’s festival in 1999. She bought five gourds and a gourd crafting book that day and a passion was born.
“It was through the American Gourd Society’s website that I found local gourd growers and tips about crafting gourds,” Susan says. “My earliest creations were simple birdhouses and bowls with embellished rims. As my skills improved, so did my appreciation of the natural gourd. I always try to enhance the gourd without hiding its natural shape and beauty.”
Many of Susan’s designs are inspired by nature and are embellished with natural materials such as stone beads, pods and feathers. For color, she uses dyes or inks that penetrate the gourd surface but also enhance the fundamental gourd patterns. Her products range from functional items to whimsical seasonal creations.
“I am fortunate to have discovered a craft for which I have a personal passion,” she says.