I have always loved eggs. I love the way they sit in the palm of my hand, their curvature, and the new beginnings they represent. Humans have collected and decorated eggs for centuries, if not Millennia.
I made my first polymer-covered eggs about 10 years ago when I organized a swap over the internet. These are some of the eggs I made.
I started covering eggs again a couple of years ago when I developed a new way to use metallic (pearlescent) clay to produce relatively large patterned surfaces with surprising depth and luminosity. I discovered eggs made ideal canvasses for for the patterned sheets because they can display a relatively large pattern and their elegant curvature enhances the reflective properties of the clay.
Now, I teach a class based on the technique and call it “Jeweled Eggs and Beads” because the technique worked equally well for beads (and buttons). The necklace shown on the right was selected as a finalist in a violet-orange-green color challenge in a jewelry magazine.
Just recently, I started covering eggs again using patterned canes because some of my students wanted a second caning class after learning to make the kaleidoscope pendant designs. I made this egg as a class sample.