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A tricky thing about working with gourds is that they are already so beautiful, right from the start… one has to take care not to mess that up! Visitors to Gourdlandia (in EcoVillage) will learn how lamps, vases, drums, piñatas, nightlights and more can be coaxed from gourds. Come enjoy the viney trellises, heavy with potential art… see for yourself how truly “gourd-geous” Ithaca is. Drop in and make a night light! I’m ready.

How it Began: We were driving along, minding our business, when a gourd at a roadside stand nearly caused an accident, calling to me so loudly. Otto, my husband, chatted with the farmer while I ogled the beautiful fruit. We brought it home. We started growing gourds, and soon had a big heap. I began messing with them. There you have it!

I enjoy the pace of gourd art. I can make a lamp in a day or two, almost fast enough to keep up with my ideas. I enjoy the wide variety of tasks involved, from cleaning and scraping to designing and carving. I love the little baby gourds, all covered with delicate green fuzz. I love the moment when I first turn a lamp on.

I stopped catching babies several years ago (as a midwife), to make room in my life for art. I feel very lucky to have had two very different, very engaging occupations. I’d like to thank Otto for building me an amazing studio. That man really knows what it means to carry a passion. Here’s a short video about me! vimeo.com/166380947

Studio Location Details:

Take route 79 west out of Ithaca, about two miles. EcoVillage is on Rachel Carson Way, the first left after West Haven Rd. Gourdlandia is the first building on the left, #77. Little cupola, big porch. Abundant parking nearby.

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