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Folk Art Egg ‘Critters™’

by Myra Charleston

Normally, when you go to arts and crafts shows, you stare at the booths. It’s not often you find one that stares back. Certainly not with such adorable eyes.

Stephanie Ramey is making a name for herself among Tennessee Folk Artists with a new medium – painting emu and rhea eggs to resemble woodland creatures. Each ‘critter’ is hand painted on emu eggs that vary slightly in size or shape, a process that ensures no two Critters™ will be exactly alike.

The Ramey’s raise emus and have access to a variety of egg sizes and shapes. "Small eggs are best for ladybugs, frogs, turtles and stephanie ramey ladybug.jpg (10524 bytes)bumblebees. Round eggs are best for bears, the normal shaped eggs work well for penguins, owls, rabbits, etc." explains Stephanie. "We have an emu that lays a torpedo-type shape, and these work well for squirrels, raccoons, horses, cats and other animals that lay on their sides."

stephanie ramey squirrel.jpg (12755 bytes)Husband Charles helps design and build the various stands that display the different Critters™ to their best advantage. Raccoons, squirrels and other "wild" Critters™ will be shown on a tree trunk, log or pile of leaves where the more domesticated ‘critter’ will be found purring in a cloth bed. One of Stephanie’s newest Critters™ creations is a penguin on an iceberg.

Collectors of Stephanie’s creations range from egg collectors to collectors of folk art, with everything in-between. "A lot of my work is custom, where people will send me pictures of their pets. I try my best to give them a critter that looks as much like their pet as possible." She goes on to say that most of the people that buy her creations at shows or the two stores that carry them are either looking for an accent pieces or they are adding to collections of raccoons, owls or other animals.

Stephanie Ramey’s Critters ™ are carried at the following stores:

If you are unable to visit these establishments, and are interested in adding one of her Critters ™ to your collection, you can contact her via cramey@iswt.com or visit her web site at


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