As a former figure-painter and self-taught carver, Gorun is motivated by the beauty of the Lovespoon tradition from her own Welsh heritage. She is inspired by the challenge of creating art within the constraints of the form of a spoon, incorporating common symbolic imagery. Each hand-carved piece begins with a single block of carefully selected timber (sometimes with a story of its own), employing simple, old-fashioned, manual tools and techniques, with a traditional hand-rubbed oil and wax finish.
The Welsh Lovespoon Tradition has been used to convey personal, heartfelt sentiments for more than 350 years. It began in Wales to initiate a courtship: a young man of the peasant class would declare his feelings toward the girl who had captured his heart with a personal display of creativity and skill, in the form of romantic symbols carved into a decorative spoon. If the girl returned his feelings, she would accept the spoon, and they would begin their courtship.
The tradition is so effective, it's survived the centuries, unchanged, except to have expanded beyond its humble, romantic roots, to be carved and given by all levels of society, for any special occasion, all around the world.