Hello, I'm Maive, a self-taught polymer clay artist and author settled and nestled in the Southeast of England with my boyfriend and a mischievous bunny called Benjamin.
I'm originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina where I lived until I was 15 when my family decided to move to Italy. I finished school there and studied Foreign Languages & Literature for a few years before I decided to move to England, where my heart really was.
We used to live in a studio flat that I lovingly called "my tower", but we have now moved to a ground floor flat and I have yet to give it a name. Cove sounds more cheerful than cave.
My polymer clay story
...begins in 2011, when my mother in law to be, handed me my first blocks of FIMO. At the time, I had a growing interest in baking, which translated into almost an obsession for making miniature cakes and cake-themed jewellery.
In 2012/13 I started sharing my cake and frosting techniques and discoveries on Youtube, which are now widely used by other artists as well.
My polymer clay work doesn’t stop at cakes though; nature and the ocean are two of my greatest sources of inspiration and I’ve had a life-long fascination with water, which is why I like to make a lot of my food literally drip with yumminess!
When I’m not obsessing over cakes, I’m also creating funky fruit jewellery, fantasy characters that love to talk and talk (and talk! you guessed it!) and pieces inspired by the world of witches which I find so mysterious and fascinating.
I don't take custom orders, because my work is very intuitive but please feel free to drop me a line, I always welcome suggestions; and you never know, I might be in the process of making exactly what you were looking for, telepathy!
Handmade with love
I'm a free-hand sculptor, so each piece is individually sculpted by me making each one unique. I only use moulds of my original pieces.
If there is one little thing I don't like about a piece, I recycle it. So you can be certain you will always have 100% of me.
I'm a one woman band. I am the designer, sculptor, photographer, writer and short little human that packs and takes her babies to the post office once they've found a new home.
It's always a bittersweet experience, to part.
But I know you will love them just as much as I loved making them.
'You gotta fight for your carrots.'
No doubt Benji is wise beyond his ears.
My long-eared assistant Benjamin,
who likes to make sure there's enough mention of carrots in my posts.
Polymer clay is one of my
I love music and singing; I was in an Italian choir before I moved to England.
I love to play the guitar and write songs in my spare time.
I love reading and writing. Some of my favourite authors are Rachel King, Eileen Ramsay, Alice Hoffman, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Elio Vittorini and Jules Verne.
I have a fascination with water, with the sky and the moon and I love taking pictures of them.
I enjoy doing a bit of photography, swimming and playing tennis, travelling and spending time with my bunny bun bun.
Press & Publications:
Miniature Cake Creations - October 2019
Scouting magazine - Summer Issue 2018 to illustrate campfire recipes.
Dolls House & Miniature Scene - October 2019 - Witch's Cauldron Cake Tutorial
Dolls House & Miniature Scene - November 2019 - Melted Ice-Cream Cone Cake Tutorial
Dolls House & Miniature Scene - April 2020 - Easter Miniatures Tutorial
Dolls House & Miniature Scene - Summer Fruits Cake Tutorial