KOSTÜM POP UP: TINY TAM PORCELAIN SCARVES
During July we will be having two fantastic Pop Ups hosting local artists & entrepreneurs! Saturday, July 22nd and Sunday, July 23rd from 1-6pm each day we will have Tammy Hatch, creator & owner of Tiny Tam, Popping Up with her handmade porcelain neck scarves! As always we will have free refreshments. Follow KOSTÜM on Instagram @kostumonpiedmont and on Facebook to find out more about this incredible local artist.
In order to get to know Tammy and her journey to create Tiny Tam, we asked her a few questions. Here is her story from her own perspective:
I couldn’t believe my eyes. I couldn’t believe such tiny detail was even possible, but to make it look so real at the same time- wow- the talent was indeed “other worldly.”
On a Saturday morning in October of 2007, my longtime friend Pat and I started off in separate cars to attend the annual Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures in San Jose. Now Pat who is a guy and a spiritual brother to me, and who also had no interest in a shows for doll house enthusiasts, had only planned to follow me and stay for maybe an hour at most, then work his way South to visit the more “manly” site of “Orion Telescopes” . Well that plan changed once he entered the gates of “fantasy land”, where he’d stay for the entire day mesmerized as much as I was by everything he saw. He too couldn’t believe it.
It was at that time I became completely committed to exploring every avenue of art- carpentry to make my own “rooms,” ceramics, porcelain doll making, sculpting, mold making, painting, and even glass sculpting which I learned at the Oakland Crucible. I wanted to make everything I could for my own boxes, in search of my own personal goal which to some extent had been manifested through my career as a science teacher: inspiring the creative juices of everyone who dreams of a very different world, through the displays of “One of Kind” art. And it’s from that angle and the discovery of one product that didn’t exist that I came up with my flagship product to make the world a better place: carousels for a doll house.
So that became my specialized product, including a motorized version featuring 10 animals small enough to ride a wooden wheel the size of a penny. I’ve sculpted nearly 100 different carousel animals in 3 different scales, and 3 different carousel frames which other miniature artists choose from on my Etsy site Tiny Tam, to create their own dollhouse carousel.
Yet in all that I never forgot my passion for fashion which also connected me to my Bay Area roots from which I’ve never strayed. I still loved taking apart clothes to reproduce them in other fabrics and stringing beads, but deep inside I felt something was missing from the world stage of fashion and design.
I began making porcelain flower pendants which was a good start, but didn’t seem to be the missing piece.
I needed something more suited for everyday as well as formal wear. Then as one evolutionary step led to another, it finally came: beautiful ties for scarves, and what might possibly become the best of both worlds- scarves and jewelry combined as one! Something hollow and strong enough to fashionably hold the scarves to one side or the middle, something classy, something unique, something nostalgic, and most important something that inspire creativity again and again, by offering a new way to wear our favorite accessories!