Discover the art of Ukrainian egg decorating, using the traditional wax-resist method. A pysanka is a Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist (batik) method. The process of creating a pysanka is fascinating, meditative, and relaxing.

Using a special stylus (kistka), beeswax, candle, and aniline dyes, you will transform a plain chicken egg into an intricate work of art. Create your own design, or follow one of several patterns that will be provided.

At the end of the workshop, you’ll leave with at least one completed pysanka, plus an information sheet with sample patterns, and a list of recommended books, websites, and retailers.

All supplies included, all skill levels welcome. Optional items to bring: Apron to protect clothing, reading glasses or hands-free magnifier, pen and paper for note-taking and/or sketching

Jennifer Kwong is a graphic designer/illustrator who decided to take up pysanky-making on a whim after watching a youtube video during a long bout of insomnia. She has made hundreds of eggs in under two years, and has become so passionate about this craft that she travelled to Arkansas to learn from Lorrie Popow, Award-Winning Master Pysanky Artist, who holds a pysanky conference in Hot Springs every year.

Jennifer's enthusiasm is so infectious that you, too, may soon find yourself obsessed with “egging”! Her work is documented on instagram:

Although LOAM Clay Studio is a pottery studio, we enjoy hosting workshops featuring other crafts. There is often a cross-fertilization that occurs when exposed to different crafts. The techniques and tools used in this egg decorating workshop can also be applied to bone dry or bisqued ceramic ware (using slips and underglazes instead of dyes) with wonderful results.