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Tiny Food Chefs

The Polymer Clay Cookbook authors Jessica & Susan

Jessica & Susan Partain
Charlottesville, VA & Washington, DC
Tiny food chefs/ jewelers

What are your hobbies?

(J) I love to cook real food, and salsa dance (I can never resist a good cha-cha). Hopefully the effects of the two cancel each other out. (S) Whenever I have the time, I like to make real food (especially baked goodies), go hiking, catch baseball games, and explore the city.

What are your favorite crafts and what's your craft space like?

(J + S) Polymer clay. I always tell myself I'll have time to make other items, but it always comes back to little food.

What do you craft along to?

(J) One of two pandora stations: 1) seeded with classic salsa or 2) seeded with insanely happy music from the 80s. I also adore listening to books read by the awesome volunteers at, especially the Sherlock Holmes and the PG Wodehouse. (S) Depends on my mood, but one standard each week is Dancing with the Stars.

What was the first project you ever made?

(J) I have hazy memories of fingerpainted portraits (lots of purple), sun-melted crayon blobs, and a glued-stick reindeer with a red bow. I clearly remember coming home, tearing the wrapping off my first packages of polymer clay, and immediately setting to work on some Barbie-sized burgers. (S) The first piece I made into a necklace was a whole bunch of strawberries I made when I was 12, and I strung them onto a necklace with some bright green beads - I had to re-string it once, but it's still on my jewelry rack.

What are your favorite items to make?

(J) I love custom requests- particularly custom cakes, or really weird foods, since they invariably have a great back story. Nothing better than giggling the entire time I'm sculpting a piece. (S) Custom requests with great stories behind them. People will often come to us with a photo or a specific description of a food they always used to have with a friend or family member, and we love to hear about the story behind it, as strong connections to the food always makes a piece more meaningful & memorable for both us and the customer.

Which other craft blogs do you love to read?

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

People always ask us what we'll do when we run out of types of food to sculpt. All we can say is, there's still a whole world of food to tackle.

(Photo by Angela Skeeles-Worley.)

Jessica & Susan Partain
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Sculpt, Jewelry making

What's your favorite...

TV Show
(J) I am a CSI and Bones addict, though agree with Sue that Pushing Daisies was awesome. (S) I really liked "Pushing Daises" - all the colorful pies & foods each week were a great inspiration.
(J) (S) - changes based on the day/my mood
(J) Toss up between Charlottesville, VA, and Portland OR. (S) Washington, DC
(J) So I Married an Axe Murderer. Yes, really. (S) Too many to choose.
(J) Sooo many. Top three? Orlando by Virginia Woolf, Edwin Mullhouse by Steven Milhauser, and Kissing in Manhattan by David Schickler. I also have a passion for the best American Short Stories series, and most things with the word "cookbook" in the tit
(J) Pale blue for everything except tiny foods (there just aren't many appetizing turquoise foods!) (S) - for clay, translucent & brown - together they make all kinds of delicious goodies.
(J) Either avocado-tomato sandwiches or chocolate-covered toffee. (S) Strawberry Pie, with homemade crust and freshly picked strawberries.
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