Shell-shocking art

By: James Hopkins Email
By: James Hopkins Email

A local woman is getting world-wide recognition for her unique art of egg carving.

Carving has always been a part of Carla Kelly's life. She worked as a custom carver for a glass company for many years before she decided to make a change.

"I was looking for a power carver and I saw eggs on–line and I thought, that's something I'd like to try," she says.

She bought some ostrich eggs and started carving. She quickly figured out that this art is not for beginners. "You have to know a little about relief carving if you carve egg shells, especially ostrich eggs because they are thicker than ordinary eggs."

Her first project took her a long time to complete and didn't turn out as planned. "It took me a week or so and I busted it and tried to glue it back together. I learned quickly that you can't do a glue job," says Kelly.

She's been carving eggs for three years now and after winning several awards, she's started teaching her unique art to others. "I have an international group of carvers on–line from all over the world," says Kelly. She teaches people from Australia, Ireland, Japan and other places by taking step by step photos with instructions.

She wants people to know that egg carving is more than just a hobby. "We want to promote this as an art and not a craft," says Kelly.

She hopes to someday teach a class on the Western Slope but before she can do that she needs to get the word out about the little known art of egg carving. "I'm known all over the world except on the Western Slope," says Kelly. She sells her art on–line through her Web site and even takes custom orders. Click on the link below to check out her Web site.

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