Building clay sculptures was actually Mabel Low hobby and she never dreamed that it could be a self-sustaining business. Get to know about the founder behind Mabel Story, who makes cute clay crafts.
1. Learned clay sculpting from Youtube videos
Born in Ipoh, Mabel Low never expected the idea that a hobby could end up turning into a self-sustaining business. She started meddling with clay sculptures in 2012 and decided to do it seriously. Her interest in clay sculpture began when she wanted to make a cupcake charm and at that time, she has a handmade jewellery blog shop.
2. She underwent an ACCA accounting course but dropped out
She has no experience and background in art and design. In fact, she underwent an ACCA accounting course in college but dropped out to focus on her clay business. Her first trial didn’t go that well but however, she regained passion once again when came across paper clay at a stationery shop near her college and began taking it seriously.
3. Specialised in making Chibi figurines
Mabel’s business runs off commissioned clay sculpture work that’s available through Etsy. Currently, the most popular items on sale are the chibi figurines – Japanese-inspired sculptures that look like cute anime humanoids.
Roughly, it takes anywhere from three days up to a week to sculpt a set of sculptures, all depending on what the demands of the clients are.
4. Her inspirations
Mabel shared that her inspirations are usually anything and everything that intrigues her. It can be a funny pun she read online or acolour scheme from an ad that caught her eye. Nature can also inspire her to tell a story and often it can also be from experience that she faces daily.
However, her love for food and cute characters are her main inspiration for most of her art.
5. She can make up to RM 8,000 a month
Customers can give their own ideas and designs and Mable will quote them prices. Typically, the starting price for a sculpture is RM 65 according to their demands.
On a good month, she can make up to RM8,000 off her clay sculptures but it all typically averages out to somewhere over RM 2,500 a month.
6. Biggest accomplishment in doing business
Speaking of accomplishments, she is most thankful for the financial independence that she’s enjoyed since turning Mabel Story into a full-fledged business.
She’s happy she could help lighten her parents’ burden by paying for her own college fees and saving up for a trip to Japan. She is planning to expand the business.
7. Her hopes for the future
After years in clay sculpting business, she hopes to be able to grow her international Patreon community until she can begin to create art based on what she likes instead of just doing commission-based work.