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Hanoi woman makes lifelike mini vegetables out of clay

Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 15:06 GMT+7
Hanoi woman makes lifelike mini vegetables out of clay
Vegetables are made from clay by Nguyen Nhu Quynh. Photo provided by Nhu Quynh

A woman from Hanoi has wowed local social media for her stunning mini clay works which look no different from real-life vegetables.

Nguyen Nhu Quynh, 33, became a sensation late last month after she posted some photos capturing her works on a Facebook group of more than 1.8 million members who love cooking.

The photo showcased hundreds of colorful veggie items including bananas, eggplants, corn, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, lemons, limes, garlic, spring onions, bitter melons, carrots, broccoli, and many more.

All were created as an exact, miniature version of what they were in real life.

The post attracted more than 102,000 people who flocked to hit the 'like,' 'love,' and 'wow' reaction buttons, as well as 18,000 comments including many expressing admiration.

Quynh’s post was also shared more than 10,000 times.

Vegetables are made from clay by Nguyen Nhu Quynh. Photo: Duong Lieu / Tuoi Tre

Clay vegetables are made by Nguyen Nhu Quynh. Photo: Duong Lieu / Tuoi Tre

Quynh’s passion for mini clay works began ten years ago when she happened to watch an instruction video on how to make a mini lollipop from clay.

“I was really interested in it but had no idea where I could buy such products,” Quynh recalled.

“I was so into the idea [of making miniatures out of clay] that I started to learn to make [them], and later I’ve gradually been able to make some."

The first step is always the hardest, as Quynh’s first works did not come out the way she had expected.

She believed practice makes perfect so Quynh continued to learn from the Internet as well as put effort into observing real veggies to improve her miniatures.

After one to two years, she was able to create delicate lifelike objects.

Normally, it requires a lot of patience and time to create a clay work, with a single cabbage taking her around seven hours to finish.

Vegetables are made from clay by Nguyen Nhu Quynh. Photo: Duong Lieu / Tuoi Tre

Clay vegetables are made by Nguyen Nhu Quynh. Photo: Duong Lieu / Tuoi Tre

Hard work pays off. Quynh said she immediately feels relieved seeing her work complete.

“Whenever I get tired, I just sit down and look at them, then I will no longer feel tired,” she said.

Quynh has been able to earn money from her clay works, as many people have expressed their willingness to buy them.

She ran offline and online tutorial classes where she instructed people, including many overseas Vietnamese, to make clay works themselves, before she stopped and focused on operating her fashion brand.

Now Quynh only spares her free time to make clay miniatures, and hopes to be able to run tutorial classes again in order to share her passion with other people.

Vegetables are made from clay by Nguyen Nhu Quynh. Photo: Duong Lieu / Tuoi Tre

Clay vegetables are made by Nguyen Nhu Quynh. Photo: Duong Lieu / Tuoi Tre

Vegetables are made from clay by Nguyen Nhu Quynh. Photo: Duong Lieu / Tuoi Tre

Clay vegetables are made by Nguyen Nhu Quynh. Photo: Duong Lieu / Tuoi Tre

Vegetables are made from clay by Nguyen Nhu Quynh. Photo: Duong Lieu / Tuoi Tre

Clay vegetables are made by Nguyen Nhu Quynh. Photo: Duong Lieu / Tuoi Tre

A set of meal including chicken nuggets, a hamburger, salad and a glass of drink are made from clay by Nguyen Nhu Quynh. Photo: Duong Lieu / Tuoi Tre

A meal set including chicken nuggets, a hamburger, salad, and a glass are made from clay by Nguyen Nhu Quynh. Photo: Duong Lieu / Tuoi Tre

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