'Chicken Egg'(CH02), Batik Art Egg Precision Studio: Theresa Somerset
The eggs that are used in this batik method are chicken eggs from mostly local sources in Vermont. The eggs are blown, washed and dried. The design is drawn on with beeswax and a “Kistka” and then dyed with each successive color. The wax is then melted off to reveal the design. Since dyes are not inherently colorfast, the finished egg is given coats of a hard MSA solvent based acrylic gloss varnish with a Ultra-violet inhibitor. It is still advisable to keep them from direct sunlight.
A graduate of Castleton State University with a B.A. in Fine Arts, Theresa Somerset is a Signature Member of the Vermont Watercolor Society. She is best known for the intricate Ukrainian/Batik Art Eggs that she decorates using a wax batik method on a variety of eggshells.
Theresa is currently a member of the International Egg Art Guild, The Ohio Egg Artist Guild, and the World Egg Artist Association, among other egg decorating organizations and has written for and has been featured in the “Linda Martin Egg Designs- Art of the Eggshell” publication, as well as “The Hatchery” egg decorating magazine. She has collaborated with the children’s Authors John and Jennifer Churchman on “The Easter Surprise” showcasing her egg art within the story. She has also collaborated with Food Author Carolyn Tillie and her egg art can be found in “A Feast for the Eyes- Edible Art from Apples to Zucchini”.
Theresa is currently represented by four juried Vermont Galleries and her work is shown all year round. She is an instructor for the Pysanky USA Retreat in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and an attendee at the Pysanky Toronto Retreat, and has attended Pysanky in the Gardens in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She also teaches through her own studio in Essex Jct., Vermont.
PRODUCT DETAILS: • Art batik style chicken egg with acid-etch • Egg size 2.5" x 1.75" (approx) • Hand waxed and dyed • Acrylic stand included