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Sandra Williams - Egg Artist
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Sandra Williams of Bacliff is an artist whose
medium is a bit out of the ordinary. Sandra works with eggs of all
types from somewhat common dove, pigeon, guinea,
duck, goose and turkey to exotic emu, rhea and ostrich to create
her intricate works of art. Her technique ranges from hand painting,
decoupage, filigree and beading in producing pieces as diverse as
jeweled barrettes, purses, musical/mechanical eggs, and dioramas.
Sandra does most of
her work in her shop (Eg-quisite Egg Shells in Kemah), where she is also
quite famous for making what has to be
the largest assortment of fudge in the area. Additionally, her
shop features the work of many other
Sandra was inspired
to test her talents at egg artistry nearly a decade ago.
I saw some
beautifully decorated eggs at the Convention Center in San Antonio about
10 years ago and was intrigued by the workmanship, Sandra says.
She started working
with eggs about a year later, first studying for the art in San Antonio
while gradually developing her own style and perfecting her technique.
In a relatively short time, Sandra has become known both nationally and
internationally. She has made and sold literally thousands of her eggs,
with customers including governors, kings, actors, and presidents. Her
work has taken Sandra all over the United States, with invitations to
Japan, Russia, Australia, and England.
Sandra's works are
diverse in value, style, and complexity.
Some of the eggs
are invaluable, Sandra says, and these I wont sell at any price.
Other times, I design for special occasions and special people, and
these are one-of-a-kind eggs, never to be duplicated. To me these are
There is a fairly
high degree of difficulty in working with egg art. It is tedious work,
taking great patience, with the mental exercise of designing original
pieces perhaps the most taxing portion of each project. Some eggs may
take as long as six months to complete. However, the work itself
provides many rewards.
Cutting and making
it all come together and work like you want it to is the most exciting
part. The more I can take away from the egg and still leave the shell
intact, the more exciting it is for me, Sandra confides.
Like many artists,
Sandra has some difficulty in parting with her art, depending on the
Sometimes it takes
me months to get to the point that I can part with one, she says. I
have to know it is going to an individual who will put the same kind of
value on it I do.
Sandra has lived
all over the state of Texas, from Ft. Worth to Pecos to Bacliff, with a
few years spent in Colorado. She has three children, including sons
Chuck and James and daughter Jeri. Her husband and best friend, Stan,
whom she married in 1992, plays and integral role in
often helping her to figure out complex design aspects of some of the
mechanical eggs. Stan's stained glass work is also featured as part of
the shops artwork.
Prior to dedicating
herself to becoming an artist, Sandra was a hair stylist who owned her
own salon for 26 years. In recent years, her art and sense of community
have led her in a different direction. She is past president of both
the Houston Egg Art Guild and the Texas Egg Art Guild. She currently
dedicates a significant amount of time to the church and bible study, as
well as projects involving the local shops in Kemah.
On a broader scale,
Sandra participates with other egg artist worldwide who do shows at
national and international levels. Such shows provide venues for
friendly competition that helps to keep all of these artists inspired.
In part, these shows have provided Sandra the opportunity to receive
recognition from all over the world for her work. Indeed, she was
picked as one of only seven artists to participate in the invitational
show in 1997.
Sandra's egg art is
unique in that each egg represents a microcosm of some aspect of real
life or fantasy. Each provides a glimpse of a time, place, or
setting that Sandra chooses to show the world.
This is quite a
challenging task to undertake, especially since all of the elements that
make up the final product are done in miniature. It is so
difficult to find all of the right pieces and parts that Sandra often
must resort to her own skills at dollmaking and mechanical/electrical
techniques to bring her designs to completion. Sources for
miniature dolls, animals, and props of good quality and detail are
growing harder to find, so Sandra must often rely on her own abilities
to conceive and create the right pieces. This challenge,
however, provides part of the fulfillment for Sandra.
It consumes me,
Sandra says. I cant wait to start a new design. I cant begin to
tell you the satisfaction I get from creating a beautiful, new design
that's never been done before.
likelihood, Sandra is just hitting her stride as an egg artist, with
hundreds or even thousands more of her beauties yet to be created. To
get a glimpse of her art, visitors can travel to 605 6th St. in Kemah,
the location of Eg-quisite Egg Shells.
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