A limited series of hand-painted organic hen eggs with imagery inspired by Japanese wood block prints and traditional indigo textiles.
Each egg is coated with several layers of fine white acrylic paint, then illustrated free-hand with a dark ink, and decorated with wired bead work using a selection of semi-precious stones, shells and hand blown glass beads. These eggs are part of a larger body of work that also explores clay and ceramics though the form of the egg.
About the artist
Multi-disciplinary British artist Ruth Lonsdale began as a sculptor and turned to illustration during a stay in Japan. She discovered the work of Native American potter Maria Martinez during a visit to the States and went back to Japan to work with clay. Under the tutelage of a Japanese clay expert, she learned to source her own materials from the Japanese countryside and to use traditional kilns to fire her work. She went on to study in the studio of a Japanese potter where she began creating her first egg series.
Her ceramic eggs were first exhibited in Japan in 1997. She is currently working on a new series of porcelain eggs.
© Ruth Lonsdale