The Ohio Gourd Society is Proud to Introduce Workshop Leaders for the 2021 Ohio Gourd Show
- James Anspach – Jim, and his wife Charlene, joined the PA Gourd Society about 5 years ago because Charlene wanted to learn more about working with gourds in various ways. Jim accompanied her to a class where they learned how to weave a basket from instructor, Suzi Nonn. Jim took an interest in this craft and has been making baskets ever since, and now enjoys sharing basket weaving with others.
- Christie DeLamater – Christie found a book about gourds a few years ago, and knew that she had to try this new canvas. She notes that, “Now I am hooked on gourds and love the various techniques one can do with gourds. “
- Vickie Echols – Vickie’s creative background started with crochet, needlepoint and pottery. She transitioned to gourds and pine needle weaving because she loved the coiling effect. Her passion for pine needle coiling started in 2002 after a trip to the LA Arboretum where she met weavers from the Misti Washington Gourd & Basket Guild. Vickie took a few classes and discovered an interesting art medium that would lead her into a new career. She has been traveling around the country as her full-time job since 2012 and is inspired by her students, who keep asking what you will be teaching next year. This motivates her to create new projects where she incorporates natural embellishments into her coiling such as sea shells, black walnut slices and lots of beads! Vickie has taught at private homes, basket guilds, gourd festivals and senior centers. She is also an American Gourd Society Judge.
- Miriam Fankhauser – Miriam has taught Native American culture and literature for several years at the university level. She was taught to weave dream catchers by a Native American woman and given permission to do so. Participating in powwows, she has made dream catchers since the early 2000s. Miriam incorporates Native American music into the background of her workshops and will talk about Native American culture as questions or time allow.
- Joni Hasselbach – Joni fell into the love of gourds when her husband Paul grew their first gourd. She is an administrator and owner (along with her husband) of a paint your own pottery studio in Fremont, Ohio called, “Pottery Perfection Done You Way.” There, she teaches gourd classes with folks of all ages. Joni says, “We love giving people experiences and memories.” They also opened a glass fusion studio called Son and Moon Groovy Glass. Joni and Paul both enjoy gourding!
- Vikkie Mustad – Vikkie has been an active member of the Ohio Gourd Society since 2006 and is current Editor of the Gourd Greetings Newsletter. She is a self-taught gourd farmer, artist and instructor. Vikkie loves learning and has traveled the world in search of unique gourd experiences.
- Susan (Suzi) Nonn – Suzi, an artisan and author, loves gourds—their shapes, their mold patterns, even their defects. She has worked with gourds for more than twenty-five years and, through her classes and coaching, encourages others to try gourd crafting. Suzi teaches gourd workshops at gourd festivals across the United States. She is also the author of Cut-out Gourd Techniques, a book written to help gourd artists to improve their skills with the mini-saw. She also wrote Gourd Lights, How to Make 9 Beautiful Lamp and Lantern Projects. Suzi is currently writing Alcohol Inks & Gourds, and a tentative release date is Summer of 2023. When not teaching, she can be found in her studio/garage enhancing gourds.
- Debbie Wilson – Debbie is a Retired Greenville County Art teacher, basket weaver and gourd artist for the last 20 years. She likes to experiment with different materials and teaches presently at several gourd and basket retreats. Debbie is an active member of The Upper SC Basket Makers Guild, Delores Von Rosen Basket Guild, SC Gourd Society, American Gourd Society, The Wild Hare Gallery, Holly Springs School of Mountain Arts and Henderson County Arts Council. Recently. Debbie was certified as a judge with the American Gourd Society. She has participated in several juried local shows, including the Anderson Arts Center, Art On Main and The South Carolina Professional Fine Arts Show. Debbie has taught at Furman University continuing education community classes and OLLI classes, NCBA, SC Weave- in Conventions, Weaving in the Sunshine State, and numerous gourd conventions.
Please join the OGS in thanking these talented artists for sharing their time and talents.