Artist: Francine Clary
Place – Diorama Category 2002
This intricately engraved and sculpted Emu egg opens to reveal a surprise. Inside is a swan made of Fimo modeling clay, pasted on a green duck egg. The water lilies are also made of Fimo. The stand supporting the egg is in the shape of a swan, which continues the theme.
"I'm a French and English teacher in the suburb of Paris. My fondness for eggs began as a child upon the discovery of a freshly laid egg in my grandmother's garden. A wondrous event for a little girl. The discovery of a miracle! A miracle that would inspire and mold my life. I treasure the tender memories of days spent and discoveries found in Grandmother's garden. My enchantment with egging began with a recipe for poached quail eggs. I saved the shells and later modeled and painted small animal subjects (bird in a nest, squirrel, mice, swans, etc) which I glued inside the shells. This small beginning was further advanced by my introduction to Francoise Vignal-Caillet, Directress of the French Egg Museum. My dear uncle was very ill when he introduced us and died shortly thereafter, a sad event for me, but he left me with a dear and precious friend in Francoise. Through her encouragement and kindness I was able to venture into a more risky and serious egg art: transforming duck, hen, partridge and pheasant eggs into jewel boxes."
Each year the "Le Musee de l'Oeuf" holds an egg art contest. The beautiful rhea egg (above) by Francine won second place in last year's (2001) contest. Inside the hinged rhea egg is a little cage made with a duck egg. The dove and roses are made of Fimo modeling clay. Located in Soyans, France, the museum contains boasts exhibits of not only the expected bird eggs, but also crocodile, spider and dinosaur eggs. There is reportedly an egg from the Loch Ness monster as well...........
Look for more of Francine's beautiful work at the two websites below. Money raised from egg sales through De Memoire d'Eufs is donated to a children's charity.