Students Learning English Attempt Egg Carving
A class of bright youth stopped by the Museum to watch a demonstration of egg carving. These children are learning English and their teacher thought it would be a good experience to talk with an English speaking person.
So After a few moments of awkward silence a young lady stepped forward to volunteer to translate for me. Maria did a great job breaking the ice for her class. When these children arrived they had no idea they would have the chance to apply the Paragraver to an eggshell. Because we had a small amount of time I had to keep it quick and simple. I passed an eggshell around the gathered students and had each of them carve a small circle into the shell.
This seemed a great way to get the children to open up. After this, they were much more animated. As a reward for their efforts and time the Museum gave them all posters from the exhibition.
After the demonstration was completed and the students were on their way home two of them showed a serious interest in learning more. They lived very close so I told them to return the next day after school and I would let them each try to carve an egg of their own. Maria is the first Bulgarian to complete this kind of lacework design while I have been here. I think this 13 year old did an amazing job with her first attempt at eggshell carving.
On Saturday Maria and her friend Desi retuned again to learn more. The previous day, Desi was not confident enough to try a piercing an eggshell. Desi did “draw” on a brown hen’s egg with the carving tool by using a round bur and carefully removing the outer brown layer of the eggshell.
Inspired by Maria’s success with carving a lace-like pattern Desi decided on Saturday she would make her own attempt with a similar design. Here you can see her concentrating on her art.
And here you can see Desi with her finished eggshell art. She took this egg home to her mother and it is now on display for her mother to share with friends and family.
And finally, Maria did not remain in the shadows. The opposite actually. For each of the girls’ first eggshells I helped significantly with the layouts. The eggshell in the hands of the talented young artist shown below was designed and carved completely by Maria. Great Effort Maria!!!
I am happy to have met these two young ladies. They have a great future ahead of them.
Good Luck Maria and Desi!