art of egguery began with a jeweler by the name of Carl Fabergé.
Fabergé is best known for his elaborate Imperial Easter Eggs that
he first designed for the Czar Alexander III. To the Russian people Easter
is the most important Orthodox holy day and the Russian people traditionally
celebrated this day by exchanging eggs- symbol of the Resurrection. Fabergé
made his creations from porcelain and decorated them with precious metals
gold, silver, platinum - he then added a twist of surprise by cleverly
placing pearls, diamonds and other precious stones, so that when pressed
upon, his eggs would reveal an inner secret - royal crowns - singing birds
- miniature portraits.
As you can well understand, the common people could not afford these beautiful creations of art that Fabergé turned out nor could they appreciate their beauty. The common people were not going to be left out, so they began to develop their own "egg art". The first artists took chicken,turkey and duck eggs, blew them out and began to decorate them using their imagination and the mediums they had on hand. As the art spread so did the many ideas and techniques. Some artists started to use ostrich and rhea eggs to create with, and some began to cut and even hinge some of their creations. These artists too, added their own little surprises as well. Thus the art of egguery grew and today you can see many different, unique, and fascinating creations.