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We chat with the creator of the cutest clay sculptures ever… Claybies!

If you’re not clued in on Claybies by now, prepare yourself for a huge dose of cute. Philadelphia-based artist Ruby Huang is behind these adorable clay figurines that are so small, you can fit them on the tips of your fingers!

Wanting to know more about Claybies and Ruby’s creative process, we asked her a few questions.

We’re in awe of your Claybies! Can you tell us how you started working with clay and then developing Claybies?

It really started from a bout of spare time and boredom! I had a couple months prior to starting my school studies and wanted to pick up a new hobby to help pass the time. A close artist friend of mine recommended that I play around with polymer clay. I found a great deal of enjoyment from the sculpting and painting process. Shortly thereafter, I started marketing my own creations as Claybies, or short for clay babies!

What kind of work goes into a single character from Claybies, from beginning to end?

Each piece is individually hand-sculpted, oven-baked, painted with acrylics, and ultimately glossed with a varnish. Since I’m not particularly gifted in sketching (can do stick figures at best), I typically use existing image references to aid with creating pose and detail while sculpting and painting a particular character.

You’re recreating first-generation Pokemon in a project called ‘Pinkymon’ — can you tell us more about this?

Being a huge old school Pokemon fan, it almost seemed natural to make it a goal of mine to create all 151 first generation Pokemon. Pokemon have been sculpted in many mediums with different styles, poses, and detail. I wanted to try something that stood apart and challenged myself as a clay sculptor. In an old Pokemon strategy guide of mine, I found a visual glossary of all the Pokemon in their ‘sprite’ forms which then sparked my interest in creating the sculpts as small and detailed as possible!

Do you do custom orders at all, or are you mostly working on designs you’ve created?

I do currently take custom orders from miniatures to wedding toppers. Those interested in having a custom made creation are more than welcome to contact me via email at southpawclaybies[at]gmail.com! I am also working on my own line of originals, some of which you can find on my Etsy shop.

Do you have a favorite design you loved working on?

It’s so hard to pick one! Here are a few of my personal favorites:

Sasha 'Potato Girl' Braus [Attack on Titan]

Sasha ‘Potato Girl’ Braus [Attack on Titan]

Lord Nibbler [Futurama]

Lord Nibbler [Futurama]

A Holly Jolly Trio [Adventure Time]

A Holly Jolly Trio [Adventure Time]

A Not So Lonely Spirit [Kaonashi & friends from Spirited Away]

A Not So Lonely Spirit [Kaonashi & friends from Spirited Away]

Half & Half Kiwis [From my line of original 'derpy' claybies]

Half & Half Kiwis [From my line of original ‘derpy’ claybies]

Can you tell us what you’re working on right now?

I’m mainly focused on completing my Project Pinkymon with the goal of sculpting all 151 first generation Pokemon. Other than that, I am just working on some custom orders for the upcoming holidays. I’m not quite sure on new projects to come, but my latest updates can be found on my Instagram @claybies!

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About the author

Rachel Oakley is an Aussie writer based in NYC with an obsession for the creepy, cool and quirky side of life. She’ll remind you she’s a vegan every chance she gets. Her IG is filled with doggo pics: @patty_pottymouth