I always admire people who make a living out of their passion. Especially those artists who started out as simply loving the thought of creating something beautiful with their hands, and then finding themselves earning extra because people just absolutely love their artwork.
Such is the case of Mary Grace Coquia, the artist behind Clayvorite Craft. I learned about Clayvorite Craft when I attended my friend Jenie’s wedding last year. She had her wedding giveaway customized by Clayvorite Craft, a pair of yellow slippers and a silver home.

Grace was on her first year at medical school in San Beda College when she had to stop due to medical reasons. For lack of something worthwhile to do, she turned to claying and soon enough, it became a hobby. She finds happiness in creating miniature versions of things she loves in clay. She did not take any formal lessons or attended any workshops in claying. She learned the techniques and the skill on her own by watching youtube tutorial videos and downloading ebooks. She also joined a group of clay enthusiasts in facebook, Clay Friends Society of the Philippines, in order to gain and learn new tips and tricks in claying.
It was only when her neighbors started ordering clay accessories from her after seeing her creations that she seriously considered the thought of turning her hobby into a business. With the help of her mom, Clayvorite (Clay+favorite) Craft was created. At first business did not pick up right away, selling online did not seem to work. But since she was determined and persistent to sell her creations, she joined Christmas Bazaar and accepted made to order jobs. When she had enough pictures in her clay portfolio, she posted them on facebook and soon enough word spread about her fantastic clay creations and orders started pouring in. Clayvorite Craft finally took off.
Clayvorite Craft is a one man team. Grace personally do the clay creations herself from design, conditioning and baking down to packaging and shipping. She shared that she started her business with a capital of only 900 pesos. She listed polymer clay, oven, metal findings (for accessories), creativity and patience as the main ingredients that you need if you want to engage in this kind of craft. She explained the steps in making one as follows:

  1. Knead or condition the clay (to make it softer if the clay is too hard or to remove air if it is too soft)
  2. Mold or create anything you want. (In her case, she just imagines how she would want say a donut to look like and then start creating details)
  3.  Bake it in the oven following the baking instructions at the back of the pack.
  4. Put a gloss or leave it as it is.
    Sound simple and easy as a pie right? But I’m sure it is not (hahaha). I still believe it takes a lot of patience, creativity, and talent to do that.

Clayvorite Craft does accessories such as earring studs, danglings, hair clips, necklace, bracelets, phone charms, keychains, compact mirrors etc.) as well as made-to-order souvenirs/giveaways (photo/card/pen holder, paper clips, ref magnet, miniature frames etc.)

sample bracelet

bracelets galore


cake pendants
donut pendants

converse necklace

chibi phone charms

name plates

paper clips

Grace also conducts clay workshops in Marilao, Bulacan and Caloocan. And soon she will venture into event organizing and will offer packages that include glitter tattoo, souvenirs, cakes and cupcakes.
I can definitely see a bright future ahead for Clayvorite Craft for it has seamlessly molded creativity and excellent craftsmanship in all of its clay creations. Grace’s attention to details, her incessant desire to improve herself in her craft, her sheer determination to succeed and her passion for her art have been the driving forces behind Clayvorite Crafts’ success. I am definitely looking forward to seeing more of life’s little pleasures immortalized in Clayvorite Crafts’ clay creations.
To order one of Clayvorite Crafts’ amazing clay creations, you can visit its facebook page or contact Grace at 0915-501-3127.
As a treat to Blancnotes readers, Clayvorite Craft is giving away one chibi (little person) phone charm and a compact mirror with clay design on the cover.

All you have to do is follow these simple steps using the rafflecopter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest ends on Saturday night! Goodluck!:)

30 comments on “Clayvorite Craft + A Mini-Giveaway”

  1. Mary Grace of Clayvorite is super talented! I once tried to get into creating clay pieces for my accessories venture, but I just didn’t have the patience to knead, design and bake. I am inspired by Mary Grace’s determination to succeed, and I would love to own a creation of hers! =)

  2. Patience + Creativity will work as an artist best friends. She’s so talented. God bless to her. And you are a good friend also for helping her thru this post. God speed.

  3. those are so cute dear!!! i want one as well! or maybe i want to learn for moms who’s just staying at home. how about a summer class to learn this thing is a great start ! xx

  4. It certainly is nice. Like her I love making something out of clay. Never knew you could earn from it. Like you said, it’s nice to see people earning out of their passion. Nice article and contest.

  5. Ang gaganda .the step by step procedure seems easy but the carving and design is not .you have to have talent like Grace to come up with a good product.

  6. napaka obvious na passionate sya sa ginagawa nya sa ganda mga designs nya! i also love that she’s willing to share her secrets to the world! galing!

  7. Wow, that’s a great feature story of an entrepreneur 🙂
    Hope she can be featured in Entrepreneur Mag one day.
    Those things she create are good gifts and giveaways 🙂
    Am also surprised there is a society of clay lovers in the Philippines. hehe

  8. Wow, she is quite talented! I also admire her patience because creativity alone is not enough to make one succeed. All the best to the artistic lady’s claying business! 🙂

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