Christel Assante Creates Delicate Sculptures from Eggshells

Carved and Painted Owl
Carved and Painted Owl Photo via Art et Artisanat du Monde

Proving once again that food, in the right hands, can be used to create exquisite art, French artist Christel Assante uses knives, vinegar, a mini drill, and sometimes paint to create her beautiful carvings from egg shells. Besides inventive, and creative, I think I’d also have to use the adjective brave to describe her for tackling such a fragile medium.

Detail of Carved and Painted Owl Photo via Art et Artisanat du Monde
Detail of Carved and Painted Owl
Photo via Art et Artisanat du Monde

 

Assante doesn’t use chicken shells because they are too small so she uses duck, emu, goose, nandu (her preference), pheasant and quail eggs; holding them in her hand as she carves them to minimize dangerous vibrations. It takes her up to 50 hours to complete a single carving.

Carved and Painted Quail Egg Photo via Art et Artisanat du Monde
Carved and Painted Quail Egg
Photo via Art et Artisanat du Monde

Once completed a tiny light bulb is inserted through a hole in the bottom illuminating her detailed creations.

Carved, Painted, and Illuminated Ship Photo via Art et Artisanat du Monde
Carved, Painted, and Illuminated Ship
Photo via Art et Artisanat du Monde

The detail on such small medium is impressive enough, but when considering how delicate, even hard, eggs are I’m blown away by her work. Some peices, like the dragon below, are almost entirely lacework.

Detail of Carved Dragon Photo via Art et Artisanat du Monde
Detail of Carved Dragon
Photo via Art et Artisanat du Monde

To read an interview of the artist by Art-et-Artisant-du-Monde (in English) follow the link below. I’ve also included a link to the step-by-step process complete with photos.

INTERVIEW

http://www.art-et-artisanat-du-monde.com/anglais/classement/Lumiere_Christel.php

STEP BY STEP THROUGH THE PROCESS – WITH PHOTOS

http://www.art-et-artisanat-du-monde.com/anglais/galerie/Fiche_sculpture_oeuf.php

 

 

 

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