Elizabeth says: What could be more unexpected than to see a fried egg sitting, without a plate, on someone's desk or pile of papers? Or more fun than watching a visitor stare, then tentatively sniff or touch to see if it's real? I love the candid-camera moment where they grin and pick up the egg, turning it over and marveling that it's made out of glass.
Trompe L'Oeil has always been my favorite form of art. The artist who can fool the viewer's eye has mastered her materials and technique so well that she can use them to do a kind of magic. So whenever one of my glass objects makes someone do a double-take, I get the double thrill of knowing I have perfected the illusion and at the same time added a fun surprise to their day.