Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Welcome to gofigurette!

You must be wondering what is "gofigurette!" What does it mean? Well, my dear friend, Myrna from PetalChic is one of my dear friends and students turned instructor. She's what I call a clay freak (I should know one when I see one because I am one). She's like me in that she practices and works with the clay almost every day. We have become good friends over the last year and a half and we tried to see how we could work together. To give you some back story, she hated making figurines in Curriculum 1 and was so glad when she was done with having to make them. Happy never to see them again. Figurines are not my favorite thing either when it comes to the clay because I've naturally just enjoyed making flowers more. I think part of it is proportions, getting the faces just right, etc. Well, Myrna started to excel with the figurines, namely angels. We often joked about it because we knew how much we hated making figurines.
Right around Thanksgiving she made an elf for her sister on a votive cup and I thought it was super cute so I told her she should make them and sell them on Etsy. She made penguins a snowman and a Christmas tree. It was SO DARN CUTE! I bought one and then asked her to make 2 for my son's teachers for Christmas gifts. She really loved making birds while we were taking the C3 course in November together. I remember one night going to bed at 2:30 and she said she was up until 3:30 and I wake up to 2 birds sitting on my side of the table thinking, what was she doing. She made birds for me before going to bed. LOL. So she inspired me to make penguins for Aidan's classmates to give as Christmas ornaments and they turned out rather cute. I surprised myself. Then people started telling me I should sell them or they wanted to buy them. Myrna made a replica of our Boston Terrier dog, Brig with his Christmas elf hat jumping out of the top of a Christmas present which I thought was so imaginative and she did such a perfect job of replicating our beloved pet!
Then it dawned on me, why don't we create a company that makes figurines and small flowers for cupcakes, specialty cakes and decor (favors, ornaments, etc) out of clay. My company name I thought of was "curiously cute". Myrna suggested, "figurines are fun". So I turned to my dear friend Lea McIntosh who is so amazingly talented and comes up with the best company and branding names and explained to her our business concept and the names we had come up with. I gave her a 20 minute time limit since she's super busy these days and she hit the nail on the head. "gofigurette". Go figure, meaning go figure that Myrna and I would turn out to like figurines and start a company making cute figurines for birthdays, baby showers, wedding showers and more. figurette (figurine, cute/coquette/minuette). she suggested a cherry blossom at the end so she sent me her font style and i thought about it and then it dawned on me, swap the "o" with the a cherry blossom (we're both Asian) and add 2 cute birds since we both make birds and we're west coast to the east coast which was even better!

So, in the coming months we'll be creating some wonderfully cute figurines for birthday parties, showers and more. We hope you enjoy what we create and follow along in our journey working together from the opposite ends of the US to bring you some really creative items for your next special occasion! As a mother, I often see what parents give as favors or things for their kids to give to their friends and cousins and I always try to get something that will be cherished or remembered. I even make t-shirts and keepsake ornaments even though I don't have much time, but I think the other parents appreciate that it's not candy or something that they just end up tossing. My son loves the fact that I take the time to at least make something cute and creative for his friends. There's always a big smile on his face!

Please visit our online store at www.gofigurette.etsy.com!


  1. Congratulations on your new joint business venture. And now that I've seen the dog, my first thought was... OH! They can do a replica of Holly Hyland (our cat) I wish you both much success in 2010 and beyond!

  2. Congratulations to you both!
    I look forward to seeing your business and collaboration blossom!
    Everything is SO CUTE!
    I always wanted to learn how to work with clay.
    So excited to see what pops up in your shop!

  3. Thanks Debi and Mikiye! We appreciate your encouragement and support. It's going to be fun creating cute little figurines and things for special celebrations. :)

  4. Congrats to you both! What a cute concept! Best of luck in 2010!


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