Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Ruth Treffeisen

Last week-end I treated myself to a porcelain doll workshop. Ruth Treffeisen, a wonderful German contemporary doll artist was offering a two day workshop to construct a reproduction doll from one of her moulds.

We had to scrub the uncooked porcelain, then wait for it to be fired at 1200° celsius for a night. The next steps included painting the face and cooking the face again, stuffing the body and attaching it to arms and legs, then assembling the face to the neck piece, adding the glass eyes, a carton on top of the head and a wig, et voilà !

Uncooked porcelain

Inside the head ; the glass eyes are plastered on

Painted face with cardboard top waiting for the wig

Finished doll

Artist Ruth Treffeisen in her workshop

See this blog for a step by step explanation of the construction of a porcelain doll.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Follow your heart

Church of Ternand, France (c) Christophe Renoux

Angel selfie.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013


Mignonnette from late 19 th century seen on Ebay

Last week-end I attended an antique toys market. The idea was to watch old automatas and dolls and figure out how they were made.

I don't know why I always feel the urge to do things the old way, and avoid low quality and short cuts. I had actually seen in many books including Susanna Oroyan's books that a classic solution for moving arms and legs is the insert of buttons. However as I had never seen such dolls, I didn't like it.

However in the toy market I saw dolls from late 19th century and beginning of 20th century and it was an eye opener ; the small models have metallic threads going though the body, arms and legs, many models are mixed pocerlain and wood, textile or papier maché, and what's more the head is open with the hair being glued unto something that looks like cardboard or cork ! Hurray, many of my questions have been answered !

Only problem is I fell in love with some of the tiny dolls - and starting price is... 250 euros. The one I really loved costs 800 euros. I really have to get up to speed and do my own !

Here is an article in Engilsh on the subject :