Friday, 26 May 2017


Last post was about this new character maquette - Captain J. Hook, sculpted in 1:12 scale miniature by hand using polymer clay.

There's a new video for you up on the Tall Tales Productions YouTube Channel here, so you can learn (in just 60 seconds) how this character was created from initial sketches to the final piece. It's not an in-depth tutorial, but it gives a fun insight to the process which I hope you will enjoy. If you like any of the content at the YouTube Channel, then be sure to subscribe so that you don't miss updates. There will be many tutorials coming soon (they've been shot already and are getting edited as we speak).


Maquette sculpting and Painting video...

And here is a video from the exhibition opening night at Center Stage Gallery, Burbank.

Photos of the exhibition...

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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Second Star on the Right

Second star on the right and straight on 'til morning.....
.... yep, we're off to Never Neverland today to see my Captain James Hook.

If you follow Tall Tales Productions on Instagram (here) or Facebook (here) or even Twitter (here) then you've probably caught some behind the scenes of this character coming to life. If you live in Los Angeles and can get over to Burbank tomorrow night (Friday 5th May) then you can see him in person! He is about to become part of a group show at Center Stage Gallery, Burbank where the theme is Neverland. So he's a great fit!

About how he was made...

Like most of my work, he was made using polymer clay over wire. I sketched him first and tried all sorts of different ideas based on J.M. Barrie's description of him in the book. I wanted to give him a huge flouncy beard but since none was mentioned, I resisted. He is described as imitating King Charles II in his personal dress and wig, so I went that direction whilst trying very hard not to let him look like Disney's famous interpretation of Hook.

Captain Hook holds a lantern with Tinkerbell trapped inside it.The lantern is wired to flicker with a battery powered bulb.

He's 1:12 scale (standing at about 6.5 inches without his hat) which would make him 6'5" in real life. A tall and imposing bloke.

Enjoy the photos below and if you want to see more then do make sure you follow along on social media places so that you don't miss out. There will be a short video about him soon and I have a new witch character from Good Witches Bad Witches ™ for you soon as well.

“You know that place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

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Monday, 3 April 2017

My Little China Girl

It's about time I gave you another witch character for Good Witches Bad Witches , don't you think?! 

Here is my latest witch. Just finished her the other day. Her name is Yinying Gu and she's from Guilin, China. Her familiar (witch's pet) is a pug called Sudu, and she carries mynah birds on her back. Her elaborate hairdo displays a bone and tarantula hair ornament. Her long witchy robes are my take on a hanfu, and her wide belt holds her golden bird cage to her hunched back. Her Ming pot has a dragon pattern under a crackle glaze finish.   

Another 1:12 scale sculpture handmade by myself, she stands at less than 5 inches tall. Breaking with tradition, I have only put a few development photos below as you'll be able to see more, learn more about how she was made and about the character herself by purchasing a copy of my book 'The Art of Good Witches Bad Witches' which is out this summer.

I thought someone would probably want to buy a pug, so I actually made two and have made one available for purchase at my webshop here. There's only one, so don't miss out! I ship everywhere.

Enjoy the photos!

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Book News!

Book News...

If you're interested in the book from Tall Tales Productions, 'The Art of Good Witches Bad Witches' then take a moment to complete this really short (it's only 2 questions!) survey!

No obligation to buy the book if you take part in my quick survey.

What's the survey about?
It's to find out roughly how many people might want to buy the book and also if you'd prefer a shorter and cheaper book or a longer slightly more expensive book before I go to the printers. 

And I've explained it briefly in a video which you can watch here as well!

Thanks a lot! Your feedback is so helpful.

~ Caroline

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

What's in a Name?

"What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet..."
~ William Shakespeare; 'Romeo and Juliet' 

It's about time you (those of you that have followed the project Good Witches Bad Witches  for any length of time) learnt the names of the witches you've come to know. I spent the weekend sketching various witches (actually I managed six over the two days) and if you follow the new Tall Tales Productions Instagram account you may have caught the video (here) of me drawing one. Note - I've had an Instagram account for almost two years, but often used it for personal photos, so it was about time I set up this company Instagram account.

You can now find the official Tall Tales Productions Instagram account here, and follow it to see any behind the scenes work, finished work, videos, tutorials... basically anything created within Tall Tales. Expect to see more artwork, sculpting, witches, books, miniature models and even miniature food. I wont use this account to post anything which is not business related.

You can also follow the dedicated Good Witches Bad Witches  Instagram account here. This will not be behind the scenes about how the project is made, but instead it will be finished shots and you can learn more about the characters themselves, not the technicalities of how they were created.

You can continue to follow my personal Instagram account here if you like!


The names!

From left to right (on the above line up), we have Olga, Mildred, Falka, Eris, Drusilla and Marla. See sketches below... more to come soon.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Start Before you're Ready!

Happy 2017 everyone! I hope that each and every one of you, whoever you are, whatever you do, and from whatever part of the world you're taking the trouble to check in at my blog.... I hope most of all that 2017 is a happy year for you.

It's not exactly a quote, but it is inspirational -  Richard Branson advised others to 'start before they're ready'. It's excellent advice and I myself am so looking forward to what can be accomplished in 2017. I hope some of you have plans to try something new, or find something new in life that makes you happy. And on that note, people often write and ask me for advice on starting a career as an artist, or simply for advice on a clay technique. I want to encourage more of you to do this. Your emails will always be answered and I am happy to help wherever I can. My email is here and my website contact page is here. :)

I flew in from Blighty the other day and am fast settling back into LA life, breakfast tacos, coffee and ready to hit those 15 hour work days again quite gladly! In fact, I am already starting on a new witch character...

...But first...  let's look back at 2016, with another of my annual 'year's round-ups'!
My year started with more witches for 'Good Witches Bad Witches TM', and these punctuated 2016 at regular intervals. At your request, I started creating some videos (at my Tall Tales Productions YouTube channel) of the behind the scenes, so you can see how they're made. In February I guest-starred in the Food Network's 'Cake Masters' as a miniature expert, and by June I'd worked with Buzzfeed to bring you a live miniature making demo and also a 'Tiny Tasty' parody (I shot two miniature recipes being assembled just like a Buzzfeed Tasty recipe), - one of these videos was the most watched Buzzfeed video of the week. I created new tutorials and my website was revamped and a web-store finally added. (Huge thanks to all who support my business by purchasing consumer products and prints from me). I started creating timelapse videos of me working which caught the attention of Instagram headquarters, who profiled me as one of their 3 top favourite picks out of 500 million unique users! Lucky me! I also put together my first book which most of you know will *finally* be available this Spring! I did some more illustrations, concept sketches, made more scale miniatures (some of which you'll see published in magazines this year) and some fun cartoons using Photoshop (disclaimer - the Trump / Bernie cartoon does not reflect political views at Tall Tales - see more here!). And in my personal adventures, I stayed at a chateau in France with my family, made mini trips to San Francisco, attended balls and other such silly LA events and felt like Dorothy in a surreal field of California poppies. 

Happy 2017 everyone - I value and appreciate you all. Thanks so much for taking an interest in my work, and please continue to be involved, leave comments, ask questions and share your work with us as well.

Some witches I created in 2016...
...and more witches...
...and more...
...and yes, more...
...finally, the final witch creations of 2016!
One of the behind the scenes videos at creating a witch
Guest starring on 'CakeMasters' Feb 2016
Buzzfeed Live demo, June 2016.
Tiny Tasty video parody created June 2016.

Some illustrations and sketches I did, 2016
Some cartoons I did, 2016.
Website re-design! 2016.
New webshop at!
The new book and tutorials created, 2016.
Just some of the miniatures created in 2016.
Timelapse videos of 2016.
Trips and fun of 2016....!
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