My husband and I moved from Adelaide to retire in Renmark, South Australia in December 2010, where I now have a purpose built studio with the intention of teaching people in the Riverland the wonders of eggshell artistry. Classes can be on a one-on-one basis or in a group if preferred.
I have been egging since February, 1990 and in July 1991 was elected President of the Egg Artistry Guild of Australia, a position I held for 2 years.
I have taught many students over the years of my egging career and also established Eggspo, in Adelaide, SA in 1996, a combination of egg show and seminar venue for the benefit of Australian eggers. Together with one of my students, Carole Wheaton, we self published ‘Tis An Egg - Book 1 in 1996, created the JETS Eggspress newsletter from 1997 until 2001 and also conducted an Idea of the Month program during this period.
Following the untimely death of Carole’s husband, Stan, in 1998 I branched out on my own and have since published 2 e-books (available on computer cd), Bright Ideas & Facets of Egg Artistry books 1 & 2 on the subject.
In 2007 I became involved in eggshell sculpting and carving, which I then shared with my sister Lorna Winch from Queensland. We have become totally involved in spreading the word through our annual carving camps held in country South Australia. Lorna and I have released two DVDs on carving techniques, Introduction to Relief Carving and Introduction to Reverse Relief Carving and also written a carving e-book, Bright Ideas for Carving & Sculpting Eggshells
I have won numerous awards in many local and interstate shows as well as competitions across the country. I was awarded an equal 3rd placing in the Reverse Relief Carving category in the 2008 TES Carving Competition hosted by Gary LeMaster, in the USA and two 1st places in the 2010 Carving Competition conducted by Kathy Lamb in Dallas, Texas.
In 2009 I was awarded the Kit Stansbury Award by the International Egg Art Guild, the first time this honour has been awarded outside the United States, for recognition of the dedication, time and talent to promote, educate and encourage others in the art of eggery.
In June 2010 my sister and I taught 2 seminars at the 37th Annual Eggs-Ibit International 2011 in Dallas, Texas with students from all over the United States in attendance. Lorna and I returned to the United States in September 2011 and conducted four eggshell carving classes at the Eggsquisite Egg Show Las Vegas 2011 and the Eastern Ohio Egg Art Show in Cleveland, Ohio.
September 2010, saw the inception of the Australian Eggshell Artist Association Inc. in Australia and I was elected the inaugural President of the AEAA and Lorna was appointed the first Memberships Officer. Unfortunately the Association was disbanded in 2012 due to insufficient interest in the concept. However, we continue with our own efforts to make egg artistry more well known here in Australia.
Since moving to Renmark I've been fortunate in becoming involved in the community and having the opportunity of sharing my collection of egg art with many people both local groups and visitors to the area. I also have some eggs on display at the local Renmark Paringa Tourist Information Centre on the banks of the River Murray.
In October each year Renmark hosts the Renmark Rose Festival to showcase many open gardens and attractions that are open to the public. For the past two years (2012 and 2013) Maureen has had her workshop open for people to visit and enjoy both her artwork and the garden.
For more information on the Renmark Rose Festival visit