Hi there! I'm Maive
I'm a polymer clay artist and author of "Miniature Cake Creations" living 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.
My polymer clay story...
...begins in 2011, when my mother in law 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 work on Youtube, both as a way to teach but also to document my own progress and therefore learn at the same time; techniques which are now widely used by other artists as well.
In October 2019 my first book “Miniature Cake Creations” was published by GMC Publications and I saw my first collaboration with “Doll House & Miniature Scene” magazine, to which I’m now a regular contributor.
When I’m not obsessing over cakes...
I’m also creating super cute and tiny air dry clay houses and shops inspired by the three countries I've lived in, by my travels and by places I'd like to visit.
For some time now I longed to work with a more natural material that reflected my love for the planet and that allowed me more freedom and spontaneity as an artist.
Handmade with love
I'm a free-hand sculptor, so each piece is individually sculpted by polymer clay or air dry clay, so each piece is unique.
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.
When I’m not sculpting...
I’m listening to music, singing or playing guitar.
I love reading and writing. Some of my favourite authors are Charlotte Brontë, 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, baking, painting, swimming and playing tennis, travelling and spending time with my bunny bun bun.
'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.