My Passion as you can see is porcelain doll making. I make the whole doll from the start by pouring liquid slip into the mold, drying , cleaning and firing before I start to paint. Each layer of paint has to be fired before the next layer is put on. There can be up to ten layers of painting before a doll is finished. I then make the body, insert the eyes and assemble the doll before dressing her. For antique dolls. I also make the wigs out of mohair or Lincoln wool.
The antique reproduction doll on the left received “Best in Section ” at an international doll show in Melbourne.
The rules for painting and dressing antique reproduction doll differ greatly from modern dolls.
Antique dolls must be painted exactly as the original doll from a picture or a photo of it. The dressing has to be from the same period as the doll was made and be made of natural fibres only , including only cotton, silk lace.
All paperwork used to copy the doll must be submitted with the doll for the judging so it can be compared to the doll.