Gary LeMaster is a NewZealand born, US educated linguist, with a PhD in Spanish from the University of Iowa and who speaks five or six languages and is colourblind. NOT your usual Art grad. He’s witty, articulate and funny, and his eggshell art is downright unbelievable.
I’ll let both the art and the artist to speak for themselves – the former here below, and the latter on his website, The Eggshell Sculptor, which I recommend you read for more info on Gary and his work.
First of all, yes, those are real eggs. Ostrich, Emu, Rhea, Goose; bleached or dyed; and they are for sale. The process is quite elaborate:
First, Gary empties and cleans each egg. After the egg has dried, he sketches the details with a lead pencil to sketch the details, directly on the shell and cuts away appropriate sections of the design or engraves the surface of the shell (or both), using a variety of diamond and carbide cutting tools. Once the egg has been fully worked, an abrasive cleanser is used to remove any remaining pencil marks and the egg is then submerged in two bleach baths to disintegrate any membrane residue from the inside surface. Finally, the egg is signed and sealed with three or four coats of lacquer.