About Deco

CLAYCRAFT by DECO originated in 1981, when Kazuko Miyai opened the DECO Clay Craft Academy. Since this time, Kazuko has authored over twenty DECO Clay Craft books and developed her own line of air-dry clays known as CLAYCRAFT by DECO Soft Clay. She has continued to develop and enhance her unique techniques to produce sophisticated and complex dimensions. Kazuko is well known in the clay crafting world and is still actively involved in certifying more than 5,000 instructors across the U.S., Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Russia and many more. Each year she exhibits her work and shares her latest techniques with audiences all over the world.

Yukiko Miyai, trained under her mother, brought this unique concept to Honolulu, Hawaii where she opened her first studio in 2000. Since its conception, this division has expanded throughout the State of Hawaii, California and beyond. The U.S. branch currently has over 3000 members, with more than 500 certified instructors of this unique art form. Yukiko has also diversified the product line through the introduction of a vast array of floral design techniques featured in her instructional books, Clay Art for Special Occasions, Clay Art for All Seasons and DECO Clay Flowers.  These techniques have drawn the attention from the master of crafting herself, as it was featured on the Martha Stewart show.

DECO Clay Craft Academy and its certified instructors offer classes to create lifelike flowers, ornaments, accessories and other craft items using our original, CLAYCRAFT by DECO Soft Clay and the CLAYCRAFT by DECO tool line.

CLAYCRAFT by DECO is an innovative, air-dried modeling clay that is light, pliable, easy to work with and versatile. It is ideal for projects from the simplest to the most imaginative. With an endless array of color mixing possibilities, it’s perfect for detail work. Finished creations are not only beautiful; they are lightweight, soft to the touch, yet exceptionally durable for a lifetime of enjoyment. CLAYCRAFT by DECO is available in white, red, yellow, blue, green and black. Finished pieces air-dry to a firm constancy in 24 hours.

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Kazuko Miyai
DECO Clay Craft Academy was founded in 1981 by Kazuko Miyai. Her daughter Yukiko Miyai opened her own studio in 1998, bringing the craft to Honolulu, Hawaii. There are now over 3,000 instructors of this craft in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the United States, and more are being trained every day.
Yukiko Miyai
The DECO Honolulu Academy is located in the Ward Centers Complex at 851D Pohukaina Street, a short 2-minute walk from the Ward Warehouse. This is where all the creating is done. We have classes throughout the week. Up to six students at one time get personalized hands-on instruction. Inside the studio, you will also find a retail space stocked with all the necessities. Our door is always open, so pop in and say “Hello”.


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