A Message To Fran

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

CELEBRATING FRAN:

We met Fran just before she had grandchildren, back in 1996. She and Ed had just quit smoking because they had recent news that Lisa was pregnant and they wanted to live long enough to enjoy their grandchild. And that she did, doting on Brian from day one, always his biggest fan! And we knew her when she delighted at having two more grandchildren, her precious Quinn and Alden. She was the epitome of the proud grandma. We’d love to hear her latest stories of what each precious grandchild did or said that thrilled her.

We also met Fran at a time in her life where she had come into her own, finding a love of archaeology that led her to volunteer with the Smoki Museum. For three years, we all practically lived at the museum, learning and loving what we did under the tutelage of our beloved Joanne Cline. It was a magical time when we all worked tirelessly for a cause we believed in. The Smoki Museum, American Art & Culture, is now an organization that has risen in stature thanks in great part to Fran’s leadership as director at a crucial time in its history.

And what about those pottery sherds? Did anyone besides Bob love those broken pieces of pottery more? Fran and Bob took Betty Higgin’s class at the Archaeology Society and became experts at classifying those ancient artifacts. Their shared love of things Native American is what brought Fran and Bob together first and played a great role in the continuing friendship. Over the years Fran, Ed, Bob and I took many a side trip into the Southwest to find some remote ruin. We’ve picnicked in the snow, ate black flies with our sandwiches, and danced on the top of Chaco Canyon with great abandon, all for the love of communing with those Ancient Spirits that guide us still.

A few years later, Fran and I discovered the simple joy of making greeting cards. We began a weekly routine  of meeting to work together in what served as a creative outlet and therapy session all in one. We laughed and cried over our lives’ trials and tribulations but mostly she railed against my politics.

We found that the four of us all liked to play pinochle, an old-fashioned card game that pitted the men versus the women. It was so much fun that we played once and often twice a week. An added feature was the fact that the card playing was usually preceded by a home-cooked meal and we all know what a great cook Fran was! We delighted in her many Southern recipes and her courageous way of trying out new recipes. We always looked forward to our evenings at the Hunolds for good fun, good laughs and good food!

Health issues forced us to leave our beloved home in Prescott and thus our very close connection to Fran and Ed, but we kept in touch by phone and always by thought. Bob and I were able to make a trip to Cave Creek last April where we played one last great game of pinochle. Us girls won, as I recall…

We are so sorry that Fran had to leave us too soon. Fran was a truly genuine and passionate person, a great friend. She held true to her beliefs and to those she loved. She was loyal and fearless, she followed her own star.

And now we pray that she is sitting at the right hand of God where all the politics are to her liking.

With all our love and deepest sympathy to you all. We have been blessed to have had such a good friend as part of our lives.

Bob & Doris

About Fran Hunold Egg Artist

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
I remember as a young girl my mother had some eggs made from a milky white glass.  She said they were put under chickens in their nest to encourage the hen to lay more eggs.  These were her first eggs in a collection that was quite large when she passed away.  Most of the eggs in her collection were purchased.  The only ones she had that were real egg shells were the ones I made for her.

I have loved eggs as long as I can remember. In the beginning I decorated Easter eggs with bits of ribbon and anything I could find that worked.  Finally I started doing Christmas ornaments and cutting oval openings with cuticle scissors, small reindeer or elves purchased at dime stores or anywhere else I could find something to decorate them.  After hearing about an Eggury supply place in Maryland, I contacted them and learned about a class being offered in Phoenix, AZ.  That was the beginning of a love affair with eggs.

In March of 1986, I called my sister in Ohio and said, “Meet me in Phoenix for we are going to do an egg decorating class.”  I came from Connecticut, she came from Ohio.  One of the instructors was from Pennsylvania and the other was from Maryland.  Most of the students were from here in Arizona.  You can see there are people throughout the states that also love eggury.

This opened a whole new world for me and created according to my husband “an eggin’ fool”.  I learned there were hand drills that operated off a compressor, so much easier for cutting openings and fancy lattice, swirls, etc.  I attended shows in Pennsylvania and learned so much about everything that was available for this marvelous art form.  Of course, I started buying it all.

I have taught others to do eggury and really enjoy watching them find a whole new world.  One of my students said she just wanted to do a few.  She now has 3 curio cabinets filled with her creations.  Another student said I helped her find her passion.  A very apt description of what happens to us eggin’ fools.

I do this for my own pleasure and for a legacy for my kids.  I have a granddaughter that thinks my eggs are great.  She loves to play with them.  But I will do eggs by commission when asked.

By Fran Hunold

Eggsquisite Las Vegas International Egg Artists Show

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

I am looking forward to going to the Las Vegas Egg Show September 8th thru Sept 12th.

The show is hosted by the International Egg Art Guild (IEGA). They host shows
throughout the Country.

Eggsquisite Las Vegas International Egg Art Show! http://www.eggsquisiteeggshowlv.com

This will be a special trip because I am going with my mother and two friends.
Mom is holding a seminar, so I will be helping her with class and our booth.
The Egg Title is “Southwest Memories” by Fran Hunold

This is a Rhea egg cut to represent a Native American Teepee. A beautiful maiden with long braids
standing in the entry. A bead design around the egg matches the maiden’s blanket. Hanging on
the teepee are a dream catcher, a medicine wheel, and rostra. You will learn to make these and
learn the meaning of the dream catcher, and medicine wheel. Potted cactus adorn the sandstone base,
with a rattle snake ready to strike near the teepee. Easy to do egg and it will be cut and ready to
start assembling.

A Rhea is a ratite (flightless bird) native to South America.  They have long necks similar to an
ostrich but they are smaller.  They stand about 5′tall and weigh about 50 lbs.  Unlike the ostrich
the Rhea has three toes on each foot instead of two and has much larger wings.

I am hoping to find suppliers for quality figurines.  I have found it downright frustrating when I
fall in love with a figurine only to have it too large or too small or just not right.  I am
specifically looking for bride/groom figures of a large variety of ethnicities for my wedding eggs.
I am also hoping there will be a variety of egg carrage wheels in silver for a baby carriage egg I
am currently working on.

The excitement of viewing egg artists from around the world will definately
get my creative juices flowing.

Stay tuned for updates and pictures…

Egg Decorating Class

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Las Vegas International Eggsquisite Artist Show And Sale.

During the Show Fran will be teaching a class.  The class will be Saturday, September 10th

Southwest Memories by Fran Hunold

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A Rhea egg cut to represent a Native American Teepee. A beautiful maiden with long braids standing in the entry. A bead design around the egg matches the maiden’s blanket. Hanging on the teepee are a dream catcher, a medicine wheel, and rostra. You will learn to make these and learn the meaning of the dream catcher, and medicine wheel. Potted cactus adorn the sandstone base, with a rattle snake ready to strike near the teepee. Easy to do egg and it will be cut and ready to start assembling. Class limited to 10.

Information on Class

  • Class time Saturday September 10th 9:00 am to 11:00 am
  • Cost of Class $75
  • Deposit $45
  • Deadline to register for class August 30th 2011

To register for this class please or to get more information please call Fran @ 480-861-0202