Artist: Nicholas A. Poleschuk, Jr.

Title: "The Climber"
Technique: High speed carving
Egg Number: 2012-07
"The Climber" - An Emu egg hand carved by Nicholas A. Poleschuk, Jr. "The Climber" - An Emu egg hand carved by Nicholas A. Poleschuk, Jr.

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“The Climber” is a sculpted emu eggshell showing a Madagascar Mantella laevigata frog climbing up a leaf. The Mantella laevigata frog is also known as the Climbing Mantella.

Artist Bio:

My work comes out of a love for sculpting, a passion for detail and a tool discovered at a woodworking show that allows me to combine the two, a high speed engraver. The high speed engraver, running at 300,000 rpm, allows me tremendous control and the dental burs help me produce the detail I desire in my eggshell sculptures.

I do low relief sculpting on ostrich, emu and rhea eggshells along with nature and geometric designs carved as silhouettes into goose, duck and chicken eggshells. Emu eggshell sculpting, in particular, thrills me. The dark green, almost black outer layer, the teal middle layer and white inner layer provide a color palette not available with other shells. I work at using the colored layers to their best advantage in my designs. The emu egg shell is only 0.04” (1 mm) thick so the entire design has to be sculpted within this thickness along with the restrictions of the thickness of each of the colored layers. This is what makes sculpting emu eggshells challenging and so much fun.

I am a member of:

  • International Egg Art Guild
  • Southeastern Minnesota Visual Artists (SEMVA)
  • Mantorville Art Guild
  • Rochester Woodcarvers
  • Red Wing Woodcarvers
  • NorthStar Scrollers
  • The I & E Network

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