dolls are figures modeled by the artist from clays or other
materials. I make porcelain dolls, therefore I need to make
plaster molds from the pieces that I use to make a doll, head, shoulders, arms and legs. Then the pieces are poured with
liquid porcelain slip. They are left to semi dry, then partially
cleaned and remodeled, when totally dry I finish the rough cleaning.
They are then fired to a low cone in the kiln. The final finish
cleaning with water follows. Next step is a high fire that takes
a day to do.
Then the china paintings, as many as needed to achieve the look
you want. All fired in between. The parts are then put together,
eyes, wigs, bodies, costumes. This “whole” doll
is a lengthy procedure as you can see, but so inspirational
for me. This procedure is used aside from the sculpture and
mold making for all of my dolls.