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PRODUCT STORY
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.
MATERIALS
Glass
ARTIST / DESIGNER
Elizabeth Johnson
SUBMITTED BY
Glass Design Challenge
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Emily, UncommonGoods

June 18, 2014 02:02:59 PM

Yummy! We love handmade items, especially the ones that make us smile (and hungry)! Read Elizabeth's product story so you can learn about her inspiration behind this glass paperweight!

hemant
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June 18, 2014 03:36:09 PM

Very good art

Kay
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June 18, 2014 04:05:47 PM

Weird but fun.

Carol
Vote: Thumbs down!

June 18, 2014 04:06:04 PM

I just don't get this.

Janice
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June 18, 2014 04:16:58 PM

An amazing glass artist! She nails trompe l'oeil unlike anyone else!

Alison
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June 18, 2014 04:43:34 PM

Great work Elizabeth! Just amazing!

deb
Vote: Thumbs down!

June 18, 2014 08:28:54 PM

no my thing

Cindy

June 19, 2014 12:24:48 AM

SO Realistic......just the thing for the desk of the cook of the house!

Stephanie
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June 19, 2014 12:30:22 AM

I saw these in person, so very cool! Elizabeth had set them on a friend's tablecloth, and my 4yo daughter was utterly perplexed. Such a fun piece of art!

Jo
Vote: Thumbs down!

June 19, 2014 02:50:46 AM

Cool but what would Ido with it?

Brenda
Vote: Thumbs down!

June 19, 2014 12:07:33 PM

Why?

Jacqueline
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June 19, 2014 03:43:59 PM

I wouldn't personally want this, but the realism is stunning. It could be a fun gift for the-guy-who-has-everything!

Devin
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June 19, 2014 03:47:00 PM

Hey, I'm the guy who makes the air plant terrarium pendants competing against you. I just had to say that this is fantastic work. Definitely one of the most skillfully crafted pieces in the contest. Great job!

Ellen
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June 20, 2014 07:12:57 AM

I have one of these eggs. It's fabulous and looks so real..

Devin
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June 21, 2014 07:57:02 PM

Just curious, is this fused or lamp worked?

Peggy
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June 21, 2014 09:47:07 PM

Positively Thumbs Up!

Elizabeth
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June 21, 2014 09:49:59 PM

Hi, Devin! Thank you very much for your kind words. :) The yolk is lampworked, then fused with the rest in the kiln. BTW, I think your tiny wearable terrariums are wonderful!

Leslie Anne
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June 21, 2014 10:30:22 PM

I love all of Beth's work. She is an amazing artist!

Susan
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June 21, 2014 11:04:52 PM

Beth is the only person I know who could both think this up, and also execute it flawlessly. What a fun thing!

Melissa J

June 21, 2014 11:14:26 PM

Too much fun!

Barb
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June 21, 2014 11:49:07 PM

Thumbs up! This glass creation is so realistic down to the sightly browned edge and the small cooking holes. The yolk color has a subtle variation. Elizabeth is a very talented artist. This is a unique piece of glass artwork.

Barb
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June 21, 2014 11:49:07 PM

Thumbs up! This glass creation is so realistic down to the sightly browned edge and the small cooking holes. The yolk color has a subtle variation. Elizabeth is a very talented artist. This is a unique piece of glass artwork.

deb

June 22, 2014 12:14:52 AM

Whoa! Clever and creative. Looks totally realistic. Gonna go get some bacon and buttered toast.

laney
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June 22, 2014 02:32:55 AM

This is just an awesome piece of work.

brett
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June 22, 2014 05:18:18 AM

its so cool !

Lisa
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June 22, 2014 07:41:22 AM

The people that say thumbs down just don't understand that Trompe L'oeil is an actual art form. This is beautifully crafted in all its quirkiness.

rose marie

June 22, 2014 08:12:53 AM

A perfect sunny side up egg!

Christine
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June 22, 2014 08:23:45 AM

Love your work Beth. So fun and realistic!!

Cathy
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June 22, 2014 09:40:21 AM

Beautiful work, unusual and clever. how much time did you spend looking at fried eggs to get it to look so real?

Cathy
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June 22, 2014 09:40:21 AM

Beautiful work, unusual and clever. how much time did you spend looking at fried eggs to get it to look so real?

Jessica
Vote: Thumbs down!

June 22, 2014 12:04:11 PM

Where would I put such a thing?

Janelle
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June 22, 2014 01:56:49 PM

I wish my real eggs always looked this tasty. Elizabeth is a wonderful artist and skilled at realism.

MaryJane
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June 22, 2014 03:10:02 PM

Very unique, eclectic...love it

Laura
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June 22, 2014 05:57:52 PM

So good I want to eat it!

Betsy H
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June 23, 2014 08:15:39 AM

Oh, please! This reminds me of the "joke shops" of my youth -- didn't like 'em then, don't like 'em now.

shellie
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June 23, 2014 08:27:35 AM

Can I thumbs down a thumbs down?? This is amazing! How many of us have a zillion things that others might say what would I do with it? Good job!

BRUCE
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June 23, 2014 09:23:45 AM

...I'd eat one...

Kim
Vote: Thumbs down!

June 23, 2014 12:47:15 PM

This does not appear heavy enough to hold down papers. Impractical.

Melissa
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June 23, 2014 01:28:22 PM

Elizabeth creates beautiful pieces.She makes strawberries and whipped creams for my custom crystal projects.

Elizabeth
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June 23, 2014 04:36:16 PM

Thank you to all those who have left positive votes and comments. Your kind thoughts and words are much appreciated!!

Elizabeth
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June 23, 2014 04:37:10 PM

Thank you to all those who have left positive votes and comments. Your kind thoughts and words are much appreciated.

Gina Zetts

June 23, 2014 07:29:35 PM

Well stated Elizabeth! As Oscar Wilde said "The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely... All art is quite useless." I admire this item quite intensely and applaud it's skill in craftsmanship and humor!

Glendia
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June 24, 2014 07:48:41 AM

I love this. This is right up my alley. And the people that don't get it have no imagination. Duh! It's art!

Jacques
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June 24, 2014 08:42:03 AM

Awesome Beth!

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