Mary Barrette

My story started when I was little.   Every fall, the Sears Christmas catalog arrived at our home.  In each catalog, right near the toy section. there was a 2 page display of the most beautiful porcelain dolls in their frilly dresses and big hats.   Although they were much more than I knew my parents could afford, I knew some day I would have one of those dolls.   Several years later, I was at work and my manager brought in this beautiful porcelain doll that she had made!  I was hooked.   A few years later, marriage and the birth of my oldest daughter came and we decided to leave Orange County and move to Nipomo.   Deciding to stay home with my daughter, I thought I could to use the skills I had learned in making dolls and start teaching doll making classes.  With a name, All for a Doll, and purchasing my first 5 molds, I took 5 dolls to the Nipomo Octoberfest and got my first 5 students.   That was 28 years ago.   My love for dolls has not changed.

My student base has spanned the generations with students ranging in ages 9 to my oldest at 94.  A girls age never affects her love for dolls.   With molds for over 400 dolls ranging in sizes from 2" to 5'4" tall.   Ladies, babies, children and animals are all included in the variety of greenware offered.  Students learn to clean greenware, paint and assemble dolls.   All supplies needed to complete the dolls are available at All for a Doll Studio. 

Teaching dollmaking has progressed in to learning the art of doll repair and restoration with my main emphasis being on composition dolls.  Learning to restore dolls has given me the opportunity to learn, not only about the doll itself, but also the history of the doll through the eyes of the owners with stories both happy and sad.    I have restored everything from a 1923 German felt elf, to a Steiff Lion Childs riding toy, to a Vintage handmade Raggedy Ann.

When you visit my studio in Nipomo #172, you will see demonstrations on cleaning porcelain greenware and china painting dolls and a shop full of doll supplies including dresses, shoes and socks.  A display of handmade porcelain dolls,  restored vintage dolls along with kiln fired wine bottle cheeseboards, porcelain night lights and more will be available for sale.   There will be a "make and take" to create the adorable Christmas snowball ornaments with a hand painted porcelain face in the pictures attached.  You will have your choice of faces and scarf colors.  To join us, please allow about 1.5 hour to assemble your ornament Cost:$20.00 (ages 9 and up).  If you have a doll that needs repair, please feel free to bring it with you.  We look forward to sharing our love of dolls with you.  

 

ornament
Kimi
porcelain doll
ornament
ornament
Kimi
Kimi
porcelain doll
porcelain doll