ARTIST INTERVIEW: Sohini Mukherjee
Tell us a bit about your work.
Everyone loves expressing themselves in some form. I have the ability to craft clay into tiny things. So, I make Polymer clay charms and figurines. Anything that reminds me of my favourite childhood shows or comics, I make it and sometimes I even sell my charms.
How did you get into art?
To be honest, I have always been into art. My father is a sculptor and he has passed his genes on to me. I started making things with PlayDoh when I was about 6. Looking at my skills, my parents encouraged me to make more and more crafts since then. During my college years, I started making things I saw on the internet with PlayDoh.
Someone suggested that I should check out polymer clay which hardens upon being baked in the oven. I ordered a sample batch from the USA and started making tiny trinkets and charms. Once I got the hang of it, I started ordering clay in bulk and made a lot of charms and even sold many of them.
My first charm was Spongebob Squarepants. I made it with a hook on top to hang as a pendant and wore it to college and my friends absolutely loved it and couldn’t believe that I made it.
Since then I have been making more charms and figurines as gifts and souvenirs and also for my personal collection. I make sure that the figurines I make are not already available elsewhere hence it makes my art more demandable.
What are you working on next?
Currently, I’m working on two projects. One is Baby Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and the other is the Enchanted Rose from Beauty and the Beast
Any advice for younger artists?
I’m not really one to advise but I’d say a few things that I have learnt by experience.
- Making charms and selling them is easier than taking orders and then making them. The thought of satisfying a customer kind of makes your art feel forced and it might not come out as well as you would want it to.
- You’ll never really like your own work so don’t fret on it if others say you’re awesome and you feel you’re not. Just keep working.
What are your inspirations?
My love for miniatures. I absolutely love tiny figurines and toys which are adorable to look at and seem so delicate yet beautiful. A lot of work goes into the details but the outcome is absolutely marvellous and that’s what attracts me. I personally love making intricate designs on my work.
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