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Crystal Slagley "My Cakes Represent Joy"

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Crystal Slagley on Art As Worship

Crystal Slagley is an award-winning cake concept artist. She holds fifteen certificates in a variety of cake decorating techniques, including a master’s certificate in sugarpaste, royal icing, and sugar flowers. Crystal is one of only ten people in the United States to have this exclusive certification.

“When my son was six-years-old, he was diagnosed with leukemia. The first cake I created was three years later to celebrate the end of his chemotherapy. Making that cake celebrated all the emotions that I have for my son—love, appreciation, amazement and joy. Every time I create a cake, I’m helping a family have the same joy that I have because of my son. I help them celebrate a milestone like a birthday or anniversary or help them make a friend feel special. What an amazing gift!” ~Crystal Slagley

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She goes on to say, “We learned a lot through my son’s cancer. Things like fear and medical jargon, but also things like hope and joy. My art helps me remember the positive lessons.”

Crystal is constantly seeking to educate herself on the newest, most exciting cake decorating techniques in the industry. Her attention to detail, educational experiences, and natural artistry all blend together to make her an amazing creative cake artisan.

She says, “When I learn a new technique, I get ideas and explore them to make the technique my own. I recently took a class on using gelatin. It can be used to make flowers and other decorations that you can see through. Using that technique, I created bubbles for a child’s birthday cake. Now, I’m working on a cake design inspired by Dale Chihuly’s glass art to have brightly colored spikes that resemble blown glass. Even when I’m not working on a client’s cake, I’m still learning and trying something new.”

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About Vanessa Lowry:

Vanessa Lowry is an author, artist, radio host, marketing consultant, and graphic designer. In addition to hosting Art as Worship on, she leverages more than 30 years of design and marketing expertise to assist book authors who are self-publishing. Vanessa has self-published eight of her own books including The Magical Influence of Listening. This book was created in collaboration with nine co-authors including Empower Radio's founder Brent Carey. Vanessa is currently writing a book from information collected through the Art as Worship radio show. Find out more about this project and Vanessa at