Susan (Suzi) Nonn, artisan and author, loves gourds—their shapes, their mold patterns, even their defects. She has worked with gourds for more than sixteen years and, through her classes and coaching, encourages others to try gourd crafting.
Suzi teaches gourd workshops at gourd festivals across the United States. For the past eight years she has coordinated Maryland Gourd Days, (which involves three days of gourding classes). Maryland Gourd Days is currently sponsored by Harford Community College (Bel Air, Maryland). She is the coordinator for the Gourd Gathering at Cherokee (Cherokee, North Carolina). This event is the largest gathering of gourd artisans and classes on the Eastern Coast as well as one of the largest gourding events in the United States.
Suzi is also the author of Cut-out Gourd Techniques, a book written to help gourd artists to improve their skills with the mini-saw. This fall her second book Gourd Lights, How to Make 9 Beautiful Lamp and Lantern Projects will be released. When not teaching, she can be found in her studio/garage enhancing gourds.