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Breath Taking
by Myra Charleston


Using unique techniques she devised using resins, gold and silver leaf and antique finishes, Yvonne Magener decorates emu eggs with breathtaking results.  Born in South Africa into an artist family (her father is a sculptor and her mother is a painter), Yvonne has had the opportunity to travel the world extensively, and has lived in not only South Africa, but Spain, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.  This has afforded her the opportunity to experiment and work with various mediums and artists.  She is currently living in Magdalena, New Mexico.

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It was her mother who introduced Yvonne as a girl to the art of decorating eggs.  Following an old German tradition, they decorated eggs as gifts to friends and family at Easter.

She tells us that it takes a long time to complete one egg, mainly because of the drying time between coats.  For that reason she usually works on at least 10 eggs at a time.  Most pieces are one of a kind, using a combination of unique designs influenced by the various cultures she encountered while traveling. However, Yvonne has recently begun a limited series for the Wholesale Craft Shows. She won the Merit Award at the Rosen Group Show July 1998.  Working with paper mache she also makes display bowls to complement the eggs.

Yvonne works with a number of different kinds of eggs, including ostrich and rhea.  Emu egg creations usually run between $65.00 to $160.00 and are on display at the  Mariposa in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe; The Cathedral Shop in  Albuquerque and  The Squash Blossom in both Colorado Springs and Vail.   If you are not able to drop by any of those shops, check out her web site for more breathtaking creations!

Yvonne Magener can be reached at:

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