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Connie Viney

For Connie Viney’s degree show, she carved an entire room out of sugar. Now she is carving out a creative career making larger than life cakes which taste as spectacular as they look.

Name Connie Viney
Degree Course MA Fine Art
Year of Graduation 2011

Your time at the University

Connie Viney

I had a wonderful time studying in Edinburgh. I chose to study there because the city was so beautiful and the art scene was so vibrant. I knew I would never be short of inspiration. My favourite time in Edinburgh was the festival in August. The city was electric.

My art college degree show was also a high point. My degree was five years long and quite intense, so it was a bit of a relief to finish. My degree show art work consisted of an entire room carved out of sugar- it took me about three months to build! It attracted a lot of positive attention- both from visitors and press.

It was certainly a stepping stone into my current career in cake art. I still tell people about it as it was certainly a formative experience.

Tell us about your Experiences since leaving the University

I currently run a business called Connie Viney Cakes. I make outlandish and larger than life cake sculptures for all sorts of events including weddings, birthdays and corporate functions.

I frequently make cakes for some very high profile corporate clients, but still find time to organise art exhibitions. Creativity is central to my brand.

Since graduating I have realised that life is full of all sorts of unusual twists and turns. When you follow the path that you enjoy the most and find fulfilling, things have a funny way of falling into place.

Connie Viney

Studying in Edinburgh instilled me with a drive to succeed and fulfil my ambitions. It was wonderful to be surrounded by so many talented and inspiring people. I am still in touch with a lot of my classmates.

Alumni wisdom

Enjoy your time at university and try not to put too much pressure on yourself. Looking back, there were certainly times where I worked too hard and felt that each essay was the 'be all and end all'.

Since graduating I have realised that life is full of all sorts of unusual twists and turns. When you follow the path that you enjoy the most and find fulfilling, things have a funny way of falling into place.