was born and raised in San Jose, California - commonly known as Silicon Valley. Retired from Intel Corporation in 1995 after 20 years and moved to Lakeport - a small community just North of Napa Valley (wine country). We have a home on one of the channels of Clear Lake - the largest natural lake in California. In 1996 and 1997 we lived in Penang, Malaysia where my husband had accepted a position with his company to put up a factory there...when we returned he retired and currently fills his time building cabinets and furniture...he does a great job of building me "stuff" for my studio which is a converted two car garage attached to the house.
My interest in eggery began a few years ago but because of the Penang move, I had to put off doing anything about learning the art until our return. I actually took a dozen emu eggs and a Dremel with me because I was told that a lot of Australians lived there and also that emu's and rhea's were predominate in the part of the world so figured I might meet someone that knew something about eggery. Surprise, surprise...no one knew what I was talking about. Unfortunately, I didn't make a connection so I brought the dozen shells (only one cracked) back with me on our return in late 1997. I found out about Russ Hagen through a friend and took my first lesson in January 1998 and still go to Sacramento once a month to continue the learning process - this is a 250 mile round trip. I attended my first show in March that year, also in Sacramento, where I purchased my first high speed drill and have been hooked ever since.
Began teaching students how to do eggs over a year ago and have done that nearly every month since - these are done in San Jose at a place called the Plush Brush - this is a 320 mile round trip. The Plush Brush is primarily an art teaching facility that holds classes to teach various aspects of painting...tole, oil, water colors, etc. They also offer classes on how to do leaded glass and the eggery classes have fit in very well. I pick a project for the class that is put on display in the store, put together a kit with all the necessary ingredients and teach them how to put them together. My goal for each class is that the students learn something new with each project. They come to class and between three and four hours later they take home a completed egg.
A year ago, I did some research and purchased a Paragrave high speed drill and would recommend it to anyone. I'm interested in all types and designs of eggs including carving and beading but, primarily, those done in the style of Faberge. Every once in awhile I get the urge to do something that is very glitzy and gaudy.
I entered my first contest last year and now have an award winning emu egg (second place in diorama) that I had designed for the millennium called "A New Beginning".
I had my work on display at the local art gallery for the last quarter of 2000 and, as a result, have a few people interested in taking classes. One of my goals for 2001 was to get some classes started here near home and that just may be happening.
Plan to continue taking classes with Russ in Sacramento and to teach in San Jose and Lakeport.
Pet peeve: People that call eggery a craft...it is truly an art!