Wednesday, April 6, 2016

First ever tea party in AiClay's studio!

Hello lovelies.

So much has happened since the last time I wrote in here. But that is a story for another day, because I have a lot of photos to share for a special day in AiClay history. ;)

Some pictures here are taken by my assistant Xinman. :)

I held my first ever tea party at AiClay's studio on 12 March 2016.




I made a collaboration request for bakers on my Instagram, and a few bakers responded generously! :) So I had the pleasure of working with Chu Sin of Chucakes and Kristal of Nest Bakery.

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Kristal whipped up a whole table of petit bakes for the tea party! Thank you also for staying to hang out throughout the party as well. :)


The party attendees were really impressed with her bakes, and my personal favourite was the berry tart and choux pastry. YUMS.


Kristal will bring her tableware (with her tasty bakes of course!) and set up an entire dessert feast for your events and celebrations!

Snapped away randomly while Kristal was packing her plates and display wares at the end of the party.



Contact Kristal for her dessert tables by whatsapping her at 90258560, or email to nest.bakery.enquiries@gmail.com 

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C H U C A K E S

Chu Sin created this lovely red velvet fondant cake, customised specially for AiClay! AWWW.

I told Chu Sin that I was going to wear a pink top and denim overalls, which is why she created the girl in the outfit to resemble me. But whoops I had a last minute change of mind and didn't wear the pink top. But just to let you guys know that you can request for details like these for your own cake!



A close up of the little fondant art she created. It was me sitting at a table laid out with some of my AiClay signature works, I'm impressed by her attention to detail!

I was really taken by the little apple with the heart bite, because that is really how my apple jewellery looks! Haha.



It was a challenge to cut the fondant cake though I must say! So what you need to do is to carefully remove each fondant piece (especially if you're planning to keep them for display), before cutting into the base cake.

I chose RED VELVET for the cake, but there are several mouthwatering flavours to choose from like Moist dark chocolate, Nutella, Bailey's irish cream, Salted caramel etc.



The figurine is so cute. ;)


Look, a tiny Pocket Kitchen! Now THIS can really fit into your pocket haha.


I saved the Ai one for myself heh heh.


Urhmmmmm. She's missing her feet after I detached the fondant from the cake. :(


The unavoidable carnage before cutting the cake. Those 'pocky sticks' are the table legs!


Chucakes' cakes start from $100 for a 7 inch one, very reasonable for the amount of work which is put into them, especially the sugarart detail!

Contact Chu Sin by whatsapping her at 90031050, or emailing her at hello@chucakes.com 

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Cakes and bakes are a vital part of celebrations, brighten up yours with lovely offerings by these two talented bakers - Chucakes / Nest Bakery 

Thank you both Chu Sin and Kristal for delivering your beautiful and tasty bakes at such a short notice!

If you're a baker or owns a bakery/cakery/F&B and would like to collaborate with AiClay, I'll love to hear it! Email me at buzz@aiclay.com with your ideas!


Sunday, January 31, 2016

THE BIG MOVE and making miniature CNY treats!

So a lot has happened from October 2015 till now.

The big move, it sounds like something which can be done over an intensive 24 hours, or maybe a few days. But it's been months of negotiation with contractors and estates people, looking for IDs, sorting out our collaboration contract (I'm collaborating with my friend's dance studio in this studio project!). 

But I can finally say that we will be opening our studio doors FOR REAL in another few weeks!

Previously, I held workshops in my home studio. There was so much more I wanted to do (like better chairs, bigger space) for all of you who joined me in workshops. however the limitations of a home studio made some improvements impossible.

But now that I've got my own studio outside of my home, both you and I now have a bigger and better place to craft in! HOORAY!

Some snaps of the draggy renovation process for the studio. 



The official opening of the studio will take place in late February, but I've decided to have a workshop even BEFORE that, so that I can be quicker than the Monkey (i.e have a workshop before the Year of the Monkey haha). It's a Chinese New Year content, which is why I want to hold that before the festivities kick in!

Which means that it'll be my very first workshop in MADDspace at Scape. And I really hope to have more of you there to join me in this momentous class!

Here are the workshop details, and registration is open as I type!


6th Feb 2016
Saturday 1pm-3.30pm
Held at AiClay's studio in MADDspace
(2 min walk from Somerset MRT)
MADDspace
SCAPE Co. Ltd
2 Orchard Link #05-01
Singapore 237978




Fees/pax are $95, inclusive of materials, usage of tools and equipment. Also, light refreshments will be provided. 

Plus you get $5 off for you and your friend/s each if you bring a friend/s!

You will learn to make an assortment of miniature CNY treats, mandarin oranges, pineapple tarts and kueh lapis.

You'll get to work with a tiny mold for the pineapple tarts (just like when baking real-life tarts!), and learn how to roll and stack polymer clay from scratch to form the delicious kueh lapis. Also, you'll experience shaping and texturing to create realistic mandarin oranges.



Lastly, assemble your petite food with tiny angbaos on a wooden board to be made into a display, brooch or fridge magnet! 

Perfect for wearing out to go CNY house-visiting with, or when people come to your house and use your fridge! ♥ A sure way to stir up conversation. And to distract pesky relatives from asking you the same questions year after year.

Head here to register now! 



Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Heart-to-heart: Moving out of my home studio.

Hello hello. Sometimes, I wonder if I'm writing for the readers (if there are still any of you around after such a long hiatus from my blog!) or if I'm writing for myself.

But when it comes to these wordy posts for HTH, I know they are 80% written for myself. Writing helps in helping me see things somewhat clearer, and will hopefully allow me to purge some of the negativity which have been building up these few weeks.

This is perhaps the last thing you'll expect me to blog about after a cheery Gudetama post haha.

In case it's the first time you're seeing my HTH posts, it's where I bare my heart to anyone reading out there. :)

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SO. It's been quite a whirlwind this 2015.

In the earlier months, I was actually getting very comfortable with the state of things. There were months I gave myself a vacation and earned almost nothing. And some months which were filled with workshops and I would be gleeful looking at the figures in my Excel sheet. (yes that's my style of accounting here, not very professional huh)

The numbers worked out, since I had no overheads from working from my home studio. I did pay my share of utilities and gave my parents allowance, but those were comfortably within my means.

But now, as you can guess from my title above, a huge game changer is about to happen.

Come December 2015, I will be relocating to a space in town. It's a brand new area, so renovation is slated to start as soon as next week. There will be hefty construction costs to bear, as we are putting up walls and doing expensive soundproofing to create spaces which will hold my studio, together with the dance studios of my friend's whom I'm collaborating with.

All of these madness commenced with a phone call from my friend a few months ago, who excitedly told us about his plans to have a studio and invited me along for the ride. And the last few weeks, it's been a truly rollercoaster (this is getting to be an overused word for my HTH posts) ride of emotions. As with all collaborations, there are a lot of details to be discussed and agreed upon. And with so much uncertainty in the air and my tight budget, it made for very difficult situations sometimes.

One moment, I'll be hopeful and excited for all the opportunities a studio in town provided for - expanding the AiClay team, having more people craft together, having a prettier space, getting out of house more regularly (not sure if this is a pro or con), inviting other crafters to join me in working from a shared space.

Then the next, I'll be stressed and overwhelmed with the worries - the impending rental burden every month, crazy renovation costs, will I be biting off more than I can chew, would I be able to get workshop participants, where am I going to find clothes to wear to the studio everyday (haha).

The stress is real yo. Sometimes, I'll find my heart rate quicken and I'll struggle to breathe as these fears and worries creep up on me unknowingly. I actually broke down once into a weeping mess, when it all felt too much to bear.

Today was one of those days. I caught up with a couple of my friends separately, and coincidentally, they both advised me about the not-so-rosy parts of owning a space outside. Which is a tad too late, as papers are signed and there is no going back. (well there is, if I was willing to sacrifice a load of money and more importantly, a long friendship :( )

I came back home to try and seek solace in munching on biscuits and surfed around aimlessly online, and then I started reading Qiuqiu's posts. I love when she writes long, honest posts, and it reminded me of how much I love to write and share as well.

So here I am. Acknowledging to the world that yes, I am scared as f*ck and getting a studio outside requires so much courage and business sense which I highly suspect I still don't have. BUT, we are going through with it.

Not just because papers are signed, but because this could very well be the push that I need for AiClay, to break out of the comfortable rut I've grown into. This is the main factor I keep returning to, when my worries plague me I have to forcefully remind myself that change is a good thing.

In case you're wondering, I don't have pictures to share of the space yet, since it's just a blank space for now.

But if you are from Singapore, and you have some ideas about collaboration for my new studio space, let me know! Or just any words of advice or comfort for renting a studio. :)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The tiniest Gudetama.

Probably the only time I'm putting up pictures here before they go onto my Instagram or Facebook. :) I need to pay more attention to my blog!

So the thing about turning a hobby into a full-time business, is that it's very easy to get caught up in customers' requests and orders. I can hardly remember the last time I sculpted for myself.

Therefore, yesterday I sat myself down to sculpt a character which has been taking the world by storm. An egg with a lot of character. ;)

Say hello, to the tiniest Gudetama probably ever! 

This strip of pictures is a little comic, named "It's a long day, time for bed."




Finally, the long crawl to the bed is over.




Tuesday, July 14, 2015

If your dream doesn't scare you, dream bigger.

It's a weird world we live in now. 

Try searching 'apple' online and it turns up all sorts of phones and computers, and nothing from Mother Nature. 



Miniature apple charm hand sculpted by me. 



The past few weeks could possibly be the most hectic and crazy few weeks ever since I started full-time at AiClay 4 years ago. 

We're in the very final stage of getting the Pocket Kitchen kits shipped successfully to our shores (which involved so much more money and effort than we could ever imagine), and putting the final touches to our 100% self-filmed and edited video tutorials.

When I say we, I mean me and JY, who has been the biggest financial backer in this project and an amazing source of support mentally. He's also done more than his needed share of work, with helping to liase with all our suppliers, and editing the videos and so many more. Thank you, my dear partner!

Of course, I also have some workshops planned during this period, which was possibly not a very smart move on my part. :( But it's okay, everything is falling into place, despite being on a terribly tight schedule. 


We received this picture from our supplier a while back.


Just looking at it fills me up with a lot of excitement, anticipation, and to be completely honest, a pinch of fear. 

These turquoise boxes you see, are a part of our entire Pocket Kitchen shipment. Which is a lot, to say the least. Okay, 1000 pieces to be exact. 

I'm sure most of you understand economies of scale, so we had to order this minimum quantity in order to keep the final cost of Pocket Kitchen reasonable for the customers.

Of course, nothing is free. 

As we deal with the shipping costs, taxes and customs and warehouse and all kinds of crazy fees we hadn't even thought of to expect, our investment in this project is turning out to be a rapidly growing, giant ball of money.

To part with that much of our savings is frankly quite frightening. 😖 

But I'm going to suck it up, HAVE FAITH in Pocket Kitchen and work my damnest hard to market our baby. 

Cheer me on? 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A lot of kuehs in a day.

May 17th 2015.


Nyonya kueh classes are always the most subscribed ones, so a group of 9 ladies joined me at my home studio last Sunday morning. :)


I spent a few hours rearranging the furniture in my studio to accommodate this large class, thankfully they were easy to move around. All from Ikea haha.


I bought some kuehs for the participants to dig into after the class as well. They were really yummy! I bought them at a kopitiam at Bukit Batok Block 372 in Singapore, in case you want to taste the real ones. ;)


Adele (lady in picture above) made her nyonya kueh board into a brooch, how cute! The rest of the class made them into displays for their homes or office.



I'm mentally making a note to never offer to take a groupfie anymore, my face will be 300% the size of everyone else's. LOL. 

There are still a few slots for the rainbow cake and macaron class happening next weekend, if you'll like to join us, please head there now!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Yes, we are shipping worldwide!

This is really quite outrageous. 


YES! We are shipping Pocket Kitchen all around the world!

And now, we have decided to launch a limited shipping promotion for 30 of you! It is now only +$10 (originally +$40) if you make it there fast enough!


I've always felt very blessed to receive compliments on my works from time to time, but you know what, YOU can create the same beautiful and amazing works too! 

With some creativity and time, you will very soon have your own treasure trove of unique handcrafted pieces, that you can keep or wear to show them off! 

The Pocket Kitchen is designed with making everyone a MAKER, in mind. With it, you spend less time searching for the right materials, and more time creating! 

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Let me share some behind the scenes of the miniature iced coffee making process.


Top-down view of the whipped cream on the iced coffee.


I design all of my labels on the computer then print them out.


Here they are. All cut out. :) 


Bonus tip! I used a wet cotton to remove the paper fibers at the back, so that the label would be thin.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Pocket Kitchen - miniature food craft kit.


I thought this day will never come.



But I'm so glad that it is here, and I can finally unveil the project we've been toiling away for at least a year now.



 POCKET KITCHEN. 

Now you can create miniature food sculptures in the comfort of your home and at your own pace!

Before you dismiss this craft kit as irrelevant to you because you either a) don't want to craft, b) feel like you can't craft, c) you can always buy this next time..

Let me remind you that..



There is so much noise in our world today, with everything clawing for our attention. It's no wonder why attention deficiency is a serious issue in both kids and adults alike.

Which makes immersing in the here and now, really important.

Many of us need to regain the important ability to anchor oneself in the present, with neither burdens of the past nor worries of the future.

And this is what Pocket Kitchen can enable you to do.


Miniature food crafting is about sitting down, and letting all your energies flow towards the polymer clay in front of you.

I could be texturing a 'cake', putting on tiny decorations, rolling thin strands of 'noodles'.


During the creative process, you immerse yourself in the physical experience of using the tools, seeing the material come to shape under your hands, and admiring your final work.

It is a calming and rewarding journey which one has to experience to believe its effects on our overall well-being.

I should know, after conducting countless workshops and seeing the participants lose themselves in the craft as time slipped by unknowingly. 

Pocket Kitchen is a carefully curated collection of tools, materials, even jewelry accessories to kickstart your miniature food creation journey.

I won't go into details about the wide array of items it contains, but let me just highlight that you also get a full collection of 12 mini food video tutorials. Which are produced and shot by me.

So you don't even have to join my workshops now to learn the craft, hooray for those who live Far East or outside of Singapore!


These are the miniature food you'll learn to create in the video collection. And you can view sample snippets in my YouTube channel, just search AiClay on YouTube.

The full Pocket Kitchen craft kit (including videos) is now offered at an exclusive pre-order price of USD129.

The original retailing price will be USD149, so please take advantage of the pre-order period!

After toiling away for so long and hard, my biggest wish is to see the campaign climb to success. But this is not possible without your support.

So for all who've been asking for a craft kit, or who wants to experience the joy of creating with your hands? This is for YOU. 

Click here to grab a set.

This is my website right now. Eh overload of pink? Haha.

At the campaign page, you can check out the rest of the perks as well, we've thrown in some interesting ones in there. 



I also want to say a HUGE thank you to my friends who helped out in the Indiegogo video. 

Over here we have Qiao and Alex, a couple in real life as well haha. Machiam they 拍电影。

Can you spot me and JY cameo-ing at the back? 

At the end of the video, I roped in another group of friends to film as well.

And it was so hilarious! The laughter is real lol.

Kudos Ros, Di, Mab and Adrian!



A superbly pretty screenshot of my pretty friend. 

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I am so overwhelmed with gratitude. Because I just opened up my Facebook page and I saw all my friends sharing the post about Pocket Kitchen with the nicest captions.

Then I opened up my mailbox and I saw a few congratulatory emails from Indiegogo! Opened them up and hey, they were all familiar names!

My friends actually contributed to the campaign as well, one of them even shared the cost of Pocket Kitchen Ultimate with the girlfriend! AWWW. 

Seriously, my heart is full.


I've always wanted to put Singapore in the world's limelight using my own capabilities, and the desire has never been greater than now, after the past week of mourning and education on our nation's history.

I'll appreciate if you could share the Indiegogo campaign (there's a little share button on the left at the page) on your own Facebook feed, or tell your friends about Pocket Kitchen.

We need your help in getting more eyeballs on this campaign, the more the merrier.

Thank you.