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Meet Michelle - Slice of Candle

At Bulk Apothecary, we take immense pride in supporting and showcasing the brilliant makers and our customers. Each month, we spotlight one of these creative souls, sharing their inspiring journey with the world through an interview.  

This month, we’re thrilled to introduce you to Michelle, owner of Slice of Candle, an extraordinary talent and educator in the maker community. Today, we’re thrilled to introduce you to Michelle, the creative force behind A Slice of Candle.

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 Michelle has carved a niche in the bustling candle market with her exceptionally “sweet” approach—designing dessert-inspired candles that are as delightful to the eyes as they are to the senses.

From her popular Instagram showcases to her bustling Etsy shop, Michelle’s creations stand out. Imagine candles that mimic the intricate details of cupcakes or the tempting swirls of ice cream sundaes. These aren’t just candles; they’re pieces of art that tempt your sweet tooth without the calories!

But Michelle’s passion doesn’t stop at creating these aromatic masterpieces. She’s equally dedicated to educating aspiring candle makers. Through her workshops and online tutorials, Michelle shares her secret techniques, helping others learn the art of crafting candles that look and smell like heavenly desserts.

Join us as we delve into Michelle’s fragrant world to discover how she turned her love for candles and sweets into a thriving business, and how she helps others do the same.

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We are so excited to showcase you this month. Can you tell the maker community who you are?

Hello, my name is Michelle Kim. I have been creating candles for the past four and a half years. For the last 25 years, I have worked as a full-time graphic designer for a missionary publishing company. I have been married for 26 years and have two children. Currently, I am focusing on teaching online classes for candle enthusiasts from all over the world and occasionally participating in craft/vendor shows to connect with other artists and candle lovers.

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As a creator and educator, where did your journey begin and grow to what it is today?

I’ve been  a graphic designer in the US for a long time, but I’ve always had a strong interest in hands-on arts and crafts. When I came across macaron candles and a cake candle made by a candle artist in Korea, I decided to order them for a photo shoot prop. This led me to discover various dessert candles and unique creations that are very popular in South Korea. I made the decision to travel to Korea, where I booked a one-month stay and signed up for intensive in-person classes. I took four different courses taught by three different teachers. After returning to the US, Covid broke out, and I began selling candles on Etsy. Despite enjoying my time in retail, I quickly discovered that teaching online classes resonates more with my passion. I am committed to creating original designs and techniques to inspire my students and fellow candle makers. I also try to attend local and national craft shows whenever possible, as this allows me to engage with consumers and connect with other artists. I recently participated in an event in Brooklyn, NY, and I am excited to share my experiences during my upcoming class.

What do you love most about creating products and educating others who want to create?
I clearly remember the excitement I felt when I boarded the plane for Seoul, South Korea to learn the art of making beautiful candles (I had never made candles before, by the way). Every time I conduct a Zoom or in-person class, I am filled with the same enthusiasm and passion I felt at that moment. It’s a passion I value. Being a part of my students’ journeys is fulfilling to me, never knowing where their passion will take them. It could lead to something beyond their wildest dreams, and that possibility keeps me motivated. Whether it’s seeing a customer smile while holding their handmade candle, watching them appear on a national TV show or make headlines, or simply experiencing pure joy when creating those one-of-a-kind candles, being a part of those moments is equally amazing!
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What is your favorite product you have created?

It would be a vintage/retro cake candle, perhaps a two-tiered one. I love the visual appeal and the wide range of designs achievable with this fantastic recipe.

What is your favorite part of teaching others?

I love to see their passion and achievement. Often, I receive an email with feedback, including what they created after the class, and that means the world to me. It’s amazing to be a part of their journey and see how they grow in business.

What is one piece of advice that has helped you in your business?

Let’s discover your unique style so that others can easily recognize your work. You don’t have to cater to everyone; just find your niche.

Do you have any online classes or products you want to tell our community about?
Yes, I offer ten different online live Zoom classes, ranging from beginner to advanced levels. Some classes offer certificates that allow you to teach after completing the course. Additionally, I offer in-person classes at my studio in Virginia, USA, for those who want to travel and experience hands-on learning.
Before we go, can you share with us how others can best check out more of you and your work?

Instagram @sliceofcandle is the best place to check out my candle classes and find all other information. Also, email is the best way to contact me:

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