Patricia Minish is an artist, mother, grandmother and wife, but most of all she is an ambassador of glittering good will. While her fans may know her as the creative genius behind Patricia Minish Design – the glittering custom cake toppers, party hats and keepsakes for weddings, birthdays and special events – they might be surprised to learn how much love goes into each piece.
“Sometimes when I am creating a piece, a little story begins in my mind and the piece becomes a diorama of sorts,” Minish said. Each assemblage is composed of carefully glued and glittered layers. They are all exquisitely crafted and original. The glitter is made of glass imported from Germany. All papers and laces are meticulously hand-cut and hand-tinted. Hours of work go into each custom-made piece. Her enchanting one-of-a-kind designs are handcrafted with originality and whimsical artistry.
Currently living in Tucson, Minish’s goal to create art to lift the human spirit started in Washington State’s charming Port Townsend. A ferry ride away from Seattle, visitors flock to see gabled and turn of the century homes perched on hills overlooking Puget Sound. Inspired by the pioneer spirit of the Victorian seaport, and maybe just a touch of revolt against the gray skies, Minish started teaching and making 3-D art pieces that have evolved into her trademark.
Drenched in glitter, the boxes and cake toppers appeared in local baker’s windows. Soon Seattle’s vaunted Trophy Cupcakes started using her pieces in window displays and customers started asking how they could buy a bit of that magic.
Once her website was up, word spread and Minish realized her dining room table production site needed an upgrade. Soon a studio was built to house her supplies, but her sparkle would not take a back seat to convention. Plastic bins and modern office equipment gave way to antique compotes, sugar bowls and jars filled with glitter. Storage turned to inspiration in her display. “I love the sparkle of German glass glitter. It resembles decorative tinted sugar or is silver-plated, naturally tarnishing to a vintage luster,” Minish said.
But sometimes a spot so removed from the city can be lonely. Her two daughters grew up and away. With the advent of four grandchildren, Minish decided to pull up roots and move to Tucson near one of her children. Now an extra bedroom in her new home has been transformed into glitter central, but not without remorse. “I miss my studio so much,” Minish said.
She and her husband Jim were able to make the move thanks to the growing popularity of her work well outside the confines of Washington State. Spread almost completely by word of mouth, her creations are shipped worldwide. Each is a work of art with a piece of her heart firmly attached.
“I love creating pieces that are delicate, timeless, sometimes whimsical and bring a smile to your face. I love working with clients and capturing their vision for a special piece that will hold a heartfelt memory for them,” Minish said.
Patricia’s family is proud of her for sticking to her dream despite the sometimes-rocky path that led to her success. But it was the love for her family and her work that often kept her going and she hopes her pieces do the same for others.
“I love vintage things with a story and a memory attached. I also love the twinkling sparkle that makes each piece so ethereal as if touched by magic. I think glitter runs through my veins.”
You can find Patricia Minish on Etsy, Pinterest and at patriciaminishdesigns.com
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“Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life,
Love gives us a fairy tale.” ~ Anonymous ~