E. Xue ‘23, began making miniature artwork using polymer clay at eight years old. Completely self-taught, she has designed and created more than 350 pieces of miniature artwork over the past few years. In the 5th grade, Xue began auctioning her artwork online and continued the tradition the following year. Xue would go on to donate her proceeds to UNICEF—In 2017, she auctioned off seven pieces of artwork and raised $1,100 for UNICEF.
During her creative process, Xue works purely off of vision and uses a few tools to bring her artwork to life, including a metal needle and a small paper cutter. “For the most part, I use my hands to make the artwork, and never use a mold. I often design as I make, and make as I design,” said Xue.
“My artistic style can be characterized on a few dimensions,” she continued. “Most of my art is composed of miniature figurines. Many of them are as tiny as a few millimeters in height, length, and width.” Xue’s artwork reflects her admiration and love for animals and nature.
“I have made all sorts of animals including dogs, unicorns, elephants, owls, roosters, toucans, turtles, dolphins, seahorses, etc.,” she explained. “Additionally, I have made a wide array of jewelry by combining an existing metal base and my own clay design to blend them like they were created as one piece. The color coordination in my artwork tends to be bright, colorful, and striking since I would like my artwork to project vigor and happiness. I believe I have demonstrated versatility in design and attention to detail in my artwork.”
Holiday cards with Xue’s designs are available for sale at the Dana Hall Art Gallery
exhibition with all proceeds benefiting UNICEF.