To all my wonderful collectors and fans,
|I found I needed to go to Bells porcelain factory in Florida to learn all of the elements of porcelain. I came home and sold out my ceramic business in one week. After doing this I went forward full throttle and stared at my doll business. I did reproduction dolls until 1989 when Roggie made his next step in his life and moved into a group home. At the same time I saw a small ad that Mensbach would be teaching sculpting. I applied for the class and never turned back.
I commuted for five years to study in Oregon were Theo taught me the method of sculpting, and what they do at the Hummel factory. He was a master sculptor for Hummel. From here I was able to attend Toy Fair and Idex and many other trade shows. I've studied under many European artists as they taught the old world methods.
Over the years I've been asked to work for many wonderful companies and with each one I have formed
|treasured friendships. Effanbee doll company, a famous artist with her doll line Edna Hibel, The Danbury Mint, Lenox China, Charisma Brands - the Marie Osmond line and the Alexander doll company.
I was honored and felt that this was moments to treasure when I was asked to be Marie Osmond's first sculpting teacher and mentor. Her very first doll that she did was "Olive May" after her mom. It was a great success. I was so proud of this and also that I was the teacher who taught her to develop her talents. With this we have formed a wonderful friendship.
Over the years I've been honored and felt very fortunate that I have won many awards. The Doll of Excellence, the Diamond awards and the Doty awards. I've been so fortunate this past year. I was voted on by my peers for my Doty nomination for my Maria doll.
I still have a few dreams and goals that I have to meet. Recently I have come out with the 14 inch vinyl doll. One of these dolls received a Doty nomination. I also recently came out with the BJD, a 14 inch porcelain doll with 18 pieces that I will also put into resin. The last year I've also been working with Pro Sculpt and developing my technique with this product. In the future you will see more one-of-a-kinds in this product.
I love creating one-of-a-kinds for the collector, as they are truly special and I can create my creativity to limit in my one-of-a-kind.
I have set my dream standards and goals very high and have reached many of them! I still have a few more that I have. I have to say in closing, please if you have a dream follow it, as I have mine. I have to say I could not do all this without the support of my husband Roger (who is my best supporter), my children, friends and my collectors!!
I love teaching people the art form of sculpting as it brings out so much love of a person to see how they can
create a wonderful and new object of art. Being I have worked so hard over the years to reach my dream I want other artists to be able to reach their dreams and I'm more than willing to share with them and how to accomplish these, as I have truly been blessed and I want to see other's to be able to reach their dreams!