The human brain finds tiny things cute. Anthropologists believe that it's because we see them in their entirety and find them less threatening whereas doctors think that it comes as a biological feature to guarantee that we take care of babies. Miniature artist Agnika Banerjee says, "Miniatures are compact — they condense lots of intricate visuals within a very limited space. That richness of features makes them highly appealing to our senses"
Inexplicably drawn to miniatures since her childhood, Agnika had been nurturing this hobby until 2017 when she decided to gift a miniature cake to her mom on her birthday. This moment made her quit her human resource management job to launch her brand, 'Agnika Creations', in 2017 which apart from custom designs focuses on Bengali cuisine.
“All my clay miniatures are made up of polymer clay (a kind of clay which hardens when baked in oven). I also use chalk pastels and glaze for added effect. The common tools used are blades, needle tool, rolling pin and shape cutters. I always like to have a picture of the real food item that I am replicating in a miniature form in front of me while sculpting it. At times, I also study the recipe to understand the texture and colour behind the final dish to make the miniature look realistic. After giving the clay the desired shape, colour and texture, it is baked in the oven. Once it cools, a layer of glaze/varnish is applied if required", shares Agnika, while talking about the process of making miniatures.