We're sisters Jessica + Susan Partain and we're the sculptors behind all these deliciously detailed tiny foods! We started sculpting mini foods when we were kids, since our dolls appeared grossly underfed. Our passion for all things miniature and foodie never wavered, and 20ish years later, we're still sculpting! Jessica is based in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Susan is based in Washington, DC.
Our medium is polymer clay, an intensely colored synthetic PVC clay. We sculpt our tiny foods much like we'd make the life-size version; each different bit of color on our pieces is a different tiny piece of clay! Yep, each and every micro sprinkle, little fleck of chives, tiny chopped tomato: individual piece of clay. Amazingly, we don't yet use magnifying glasses.
If you're keen to know more about how we create our goodies, we wrote The Polymer Clay Cookbook, a fun DIY guide to making tiny food jewelry. We've also done fun things like go on the Martha Stewart Show to teach folks how to create lemons and limes. Jessica also teaches classes (and does birthday parties!) if you'd like more hands-on learning.
We love to connect with fellow foodies- online through instagram and facebook, and in person at the shows we do all over the US. Say hi, share a real food recipe, or tell us a food story (we're suckers for an awesome story).
If you're a shop interested in carrying our goodies, contact us and let's chat!