Dayna Corbitt, Olympia, Wa based artist, creates whimsical handmade objects of art. Not so long ago she quit her day job to make beautiful little clay animals full time. She created an online shop on Etsy, WhimsyCalling, where she regularly posts all of her latest creations. These super cute miniature sculptures will captivate you at the first glance. Clay is Dayna’s main medium, but she also took up needle felting, and clay on wood paintings. Take a look, and let this magical animal kingdom inspire you!
My art is a reflection of myself in that it can be very playful and humorous, but also a bit odd and intense. Some have commented that it’s strange or creepy and I believe it’s due to the fact that I focus on the faces and it can be a bit too real looking for some people.
If I had to choose a main source of inspiration, I would choose my own imagination. I wish I could recreate the things I see in my dreams, but it would take a lot of skill and way too much time. I’m not sure anybody would buy those figurines either, so I stick to animals mostly. Perhaps someday, I’ll feel confident enough to make more crazy and elaborate creatures.
I use polymer clay, because I’m good at it. I like a bit of a challenge, but if something’s too hard or takes too long, I don’t usually see it through. I’d rather build my skills than struggle for a long time. That’s why I don’t sew. I bought some polymer clay at the suggestion of my sister, the owner of SmallWild. I’m proud to say that I’ve been copying her since birth. She always has the good ideas first, but our style is completely different.
I’m just now starting to get really comfortable with this artist thing. My skills have really improved over the last year or so. I’m going to continue to make the figurines, but I have ideas in my head for some 3d wall art. I will still use the clay, of course, but I want to use more media and get more detailed with it. I’ll probably have some local shows, because my paintings are impactful in person and for some reason, less so online, but who knows.
Adopt Clay Animals?!
It seems like Dayna’s creativity never dries out. And that is awesome! Every single creature she creates will spawn a little bundle of joy in your stomach making you crave for more. If you would like to stay up to date with Dayna’s daily activity you can check her out on Instagram. To adopt some of these amazing little beasts visit Dayna’s Etsy. Finally, I would like to invite you to share your thoughts on this inspiring work in the comment section bellow.
Visual content courtesy of WhimsyCalling.