Erika Pitera

Miniature Garden: Tomato Plant

Dollhouse miniature tomato plant in wooden planter

Hi friends! I hope you’re all doing well! It’s hard to believe it’s August already. I’ve been wanting to start working on a miniature vegetable garden for a long time now, so I took some of my quaran-time to work on the first piece – a tomato plant!

Sculpted miniature tomato plant

I used Mary Kinloch’s laser cut tomato leaves colored with alcohol ink markers, and everything else I made myself (except the planter). The tomatoes, all in various stages of ripening, were sculpted from polymer clay, and I even used white flocking to approximate the fuzzy appearance tomato plants have!

Dollhouse miniature tomato plant made from polymer clay, paper and wire
Dollhouse miniature vegetable garden with tomato plant

I had a lot of fun making this, and I hope you enjoy! If you’re looking to make your own, I highly recommend Mary’s laser sheets!

Featured in June 2020 Issue of Dollshouse World

Featured in June 2020 Issue of Dollshouse World

Hello, mini friends! As some of you may know, my husband and I moved into a new home in February of this year. Last year, Maria, one of the lovely folks with Dollshouse World magazine, reached out to me about participating in their regular feature, “Where I Work.” I told her I was planning to move and asked her if I could wait until I had my new studio set up, and she was gracious enough to oblige my request!

Featured in June 2020 Issue of Dollshouse World

Since moving in February, getting the house unpacked and getting my studio set up has been an ongoing endeavor, but last month (in the midst of stay-at-home orders in the state of Florida) I was able to get some photos of my new workspace and answer Maria’s interview questions. I’ve had the unbelievable honor of being featured in the June 2020 issue, which just came out!

I’m so grateful and humbled for the opportunity, and I hope you enjoy taking a peek inside the PPC studio!

A Flock of Miniature Pie Birds

Recently, I was contacted to ask if I could make some miniature pies with pie birds for a lovely lady who collects life-sized pie birds! Of course, the answer was yes! I did a little research on the history of pie birds (also known as pie vents/whistles/funnels/chimneys) before I got started, and I learned that they originated in Victorian times to help prevent the pie filling from boiling over in the cooking process.

So why a bird-shaped vent, you ask? Historians think that the earlier ceramic funnel form that vented steam eventually evolved into a decorative bird shape in reference to the nursery rhyme, “Sing a Song of Sixpence.” Remember the phrase “four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie”?

Anyhow, I had a wonderful time creating these wee little pies with pie birds, and I’m so thrilled to know they will be enjoyed as part of a fabulous collection of life-sized pie birds!

Featured in April 2020 Issue of DollsHouse & Miniature Scene

Featured in April 2020 Issue of DollsHouse & Miniature Scene

Today, amidst all the bleak news around the world, I’m happy to share a bright spot with you all. I’ve had the honor of being interviewed for the April 2020 issue of DollsHouse & Miniature Scene magazine!

Sadie, the lovely author, chose to highlight some of my Easter and spring miniatures, along with my conservatory! I can’t begin to tell you how honored I am for the thoughtful, beautiful piece Sadie wrote about me. It’s really a special moment when you see yourself called an artist in print – I think all creatives suffer from moments of self-doubt and wondering if we’re good enough, so it’s an amazing feeling to see yourself through another’s eyes.

Featured in April 2020 Issue of DollsHouse & Miniature Scene

Many thanks to Sadie and DollsHouse & Miniature Scene magazine for this cheery springtime issue! And if you’re not a subscriber, now’s the perfect time. We all have to support our fellow small businesses in these trying times.

See more of my published features here!

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