Artist - Jennifer Hardin
First Place - Carved, Etched, Sculpted Emu Egg
Full time mom and home schooler
Jennifer Hardin tells us that she got into egg art in a round about way – her
seven-year-old daughter wanted a Faberge style egg she saw at a gift shop for
her birthday. Looking the egg over,
Jennifer wondered if she could learn to do one herself.
A search of the Internet led her to Creativeside and a wonderful
“family of eggers”. Through
instructions she found on the site and help from other eggers on the email list
she joined, she made her first beaded egg.
Following that she made a few jewelry boxes out of rhea and
pheasant shells before discovering carved eggs and the joy of dremel tools.
“As soon as I saw a carved egg
I knew I had to try it.” She smiled, “The emu egg is the one I like to carve
the most. Sometimes I like to carve an all white egg, like ostrich, but I'm
always drawn back to the color of the emu, I still can't get over the fact that
it really is an eggshell!” Jennifer
finds carving very relaxing and jokes that she is drawn to it because the noise
of the drill drowns out the kids, dogs and cats.
In discussing the design for her prize winning carved egg, "Paisley
Freehand", Jennifer talks about her frustration in transferring designs
“I just couldn't find success using stencils/clip art, and I had already spent
too much money on clip art books at Barnes & Noble.”
She was trying to decide on a carving project, looked at her couch and
something just clicked. Thus was born the "Paisley Freehand". The design was done freehand, utilizes all three color layers
of the shell and covers the entire egg. “I
think I'll probably stick with the allover designs for a while, I hate to waste
any shell space.”
Jennifer considers herself a hobby carver and her creations find their way into gift boxes intended for friends and family. She tells us that she really glad to have found Creativeside and the eggers list “It's reassuring to know I'm not the only one out there enduring strange looks when I try to explain that yes, you really can carve eggs, and yes, they really are multicolored.”