Tell us about your business.After receiving a BFA from The School of Visual Arts in NYC, I entered the culinary world as an artist, cake decorating at the high-end Sylvia Weinstock Cakes. When I moved to beautiful western Massachusetts to settle down and realize my dream of working with my hands and working for myself, I began selling my sculptures as cake toppers on Etsy. My process begins with creating an original sculpture out of clay. After many hours of reworking and perfecting, I then make a silicone mold of the sculpture. From this mold I caste many multiples that I can customize. Lil Sculpture has already evolved so much in just one year. I plan on adding many new sculptures to the mix in various sizes and offering them in sugar dough, as well as clay for a long-term keepsake. I also anticipate selling my silicone molds to cake decorators, crafts people, and cake supply stores.
What makes your business stand out?Lil Sculpture offers high quality, life-like original sculptures that can be customized.
What's the best business advice you've received?No matter the frustrations or obstacles, keep pushing forward and don't give up.
Mark Your Calendar
NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.
JudgingJune 23–Sept. 8, 2014
Judges will select finalists throughout this period.
Online VotingSept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014
Vote for your favorite American makers.
Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.
American Made EventNov. 7–8, 2014
Join us for our annual event in New York City.