For over 20 years Ottoson worked as a midwife at Og-GYN Associates and at
September Hill Birth Center. She had been making art and doing crafting for many years
but in 2006 she discovered gourds and began making gourd art, including lamps, night lights
and carved gourd art pieces. She grows gourds on her land at Ecovillage, where she also
opened Gourdlandia, where she creates her works, teaches classes and offers artist studios.
Ottoson is a founding member of the NYS chapter of The American Gourd Society.