This picture is of a room box that I made when I did shows. It has over 100 miniature dolls collected from gum ball machines, Disney-kins from when I was a kid, poly pockets etc. The kiln was made from packing foam and aluminum foil. There is real porcelain slip all over the floor. I made the doll in an image of me. I always wore purple and I am a bare foot person. My mother had a snauzer dog that loved to eat toilet paper. I found the dog miniature doing the same thing. My show name was and is A Small Hearts Desire. I like to make my miniatures myself if possible. Found objects are always good for the imagination and I hope to share some of those in the future.
I am a self taught doll maker. I loved the dolls but they were to expensive to purchase. After a lot of trial and error I knew why. A lot of work goes into making of a doll! The first challenge is the porcelain. It is messy, has a memory, and very fragile. If you mess up when pouring and fix it, when its fired the mess up comes back.
My favorite part is the research on the costuming. I find a lot of great fabrics at resale shops. It takes a light weight material to drape well. Small prints are hard to find anymore. Neck ties are a great source too. A local resale got a bunch of salesmen sample books for drapery and upholstry material. Ureaka in paradise! One page is enough to do 2 dresses. I bought them all at 50 cents each. As a creative person I prefer to do my own thing, so to speak. A special order to someone elses specifications is a stumper to me. Its not my idea of fun
As I work on the dolls they tend to speak to me as to who they want to be. What I intended them to be at the start is not who they end up as..