Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth

Candace Kling, “Candy” Sampler

Candace Kling, “Candy” Sampler. Photo: John Bagley

The children’s game is called Candy Land; it’s not Steak Land or Pizza Land. Somehow, from our earliest years, our imaginations are captivated by sugar, and a surprising number of artists are
happy to indulge us.


Once a metalsmith, Vermont artist Danielle Gori-Montanelli now works in felt, crafting playful jewelry, such as a spicy licorice piece.


Candace Kling makes “candy” samplers out of ribbons and other embellishments, harking back to a time when girls made samplers of fancy stitches to demonstrate their embroidery prowess. “The candy is a pun on my nickname and reflects my passion for confections of all kinds,” says the Bay Area artist.


Even gingerbread men need a good soak now and then. Los Angeles food stylist Sienna DeGovia created a cozy vignette with photographer Renee Anjanette. She has worked with Anjanette for 12 years, creating sets for commercial photography projects.


Is Maggie Maggio's collar made of frosting? No, it just looks that way. The Portland, Oregon, artist achieves an ombré effect, often seen in cake decoration, by stretching a thin layer of colored polymer clay over a white base before shaping the pieces.


“Food packages,” says Wisconsin mixed-media artist Linda Dolack, “draw us in as though we are old friends.” Fascinated by the comfort we find in familiar brands, she began beading discarded wrappers and containers 20 years ago.


Who doesn’t love a classic twist cone, especially when it’s almost 4 feet tall? Alas, the one constructed in two pieces by New York high school student Dustin Sloan is clay. Sloan won two awards in the 2013 National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition for the towering treat.


Head of the glass department at Illinois State University, glassblower John Miller depicts more than food in his work, but his oversized, ultra-realistic diner staples, including giant doughnuts, are especially memorable.