Doll sculpting tutorial, a chat with Cherie Fretto, President of the Professional Doll Makers Guild, Featured Etsy Shop and More!! 
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Visiting the LowCountry in July?
The 61st Annual Beaufort Water Festival
July 15-24, 2016

Since 1956, the Beaufort Water Festival has been the must go to event in the Low Country. There will be sporting and water events, arts and crafts, low country cuisine, and nightly entertainment at Waterfront Park.    

Click here for the Schedule 

This year we will "Rendevous by the River" on Friday Night for the Opening Fireworks and music by the Parris Island Marine Band.  

We hope to see you there!  Click here for more information
Learning to Sculpt
Part 1 & 2 by Jacqueline Kent
Jacqueline is a gifted character design artist known for sculptures of Father Christmas and Fairy Godmothers.  Learn one technique for installing eyes and sculpting facial features.   This video is also a fascinating watch if you have never seen a doll sculptor at work.  
Jacqueline Kent - Learning to Sculpt - Part 1 of 2
Learning to Sculpt Part 1 of 2
Jacqueline Kent - Learning to Sculpt - Part 2 of 2
Learning to Sculpt Part 2 of 2
Featured Etsy Shop

"Penelope"  Halloween Garden Witch  "Coven of Crones"  by Lori Platt. We just love Penelope's eyes!  This sweet garden pixie witch comes with a certificate of authenticity from the International Art Doll Registry. 
Lori is currently busy designing and creating more Art Dolls for her shop and upcoming shows. You will find Mummies, Spiders, Jack-O-Lanterns, and more for your Halloween Decorations in Lori's Etsy Shop.  

Lori also talked with us about the world of Art Dolls recently. Check out what we learned from her at my blog.
Hodge Podge
People, Places & Things
Are you a doll sculptor with questions about techniques or want to get advice on a current doll project?  Are you having difficulty finding help with advancing your doll making skills?  

I recently attended the International Doll and Teddy Show (IDTS) in Asheville, North Carolina where we learned about the Mentor-Apprentice Program within the Professional Doll Makers Art Guild (PDMAG).  I met Jeanette Chamberlain, an apprentice in the program while I was at the show.  She described how the program works by matching a student with a mentor that helps the student build knowledge and skills and learn new techniques tailored to meet the needs and interest of the student.  

Apprentice Jeanette Chamberlain talks with Carolyn about Apprentice Program in PDMAG

The Doll Guild is a consortium of artists that have joined together to show their creations to collectors around the world.  Founded by Jack Johnston and a dozen students graduating from his professional doll making course; the Guild members have shown their dolls around the world for 25 years.  Members have been winners in many art doll competitions with their dolls featured in magazines, displayed in museums, and held in private collections around the world.  The Guild staff is all volunteer with membership dues used for advertising, free display space at art doll shows, and access to guild members for tips and techniques to improve doll making skills.   

I had an opportunity to talk with Cherie Fretto, the current Guild President, recently.  Cherie is an accomplished character and fantasy art doll sculptor.  She founded the Mentor-Apprentice program within the Guild in 2014.  According to Cherie, this program is so popular that the Guild membership has increased from 35 members to 240 members in two years.   

 "I remembered what it was like when I started out sculpting dolls.  I could not find anyone to help me improve my skills."  According to Cherie, the Mentor-Apprentice Program helps educate beginning artists using mentors with experience that matches the demonstrated interest of the apprentice.  The Guild's Advanced and Masters members volunteer to serve as mentors for new artists.

I also met Linda Ehrenfried, the communications manager for the Guild at IDTS.  She is an artist and entrepreneur and you can see her creations on line at Charm City Originals.  She added the On-Line Academy to PDMAG on facebook in 2015 for a virtual meeting place for mentors and apprentices.  Linda started with a Beginner Level Academy and according to Cherie, has recently added the Intermediate Level Academy.  Only the apprentices and mentors have access to the On-Line Academy.  

An apprentice posts photos of a work in progress before it has been baked.  Mentors critique the photos offering tips and suggestons for improvement.  For example, the mentor might document on the photo some tips and techniques for sculpting the face and head with measurements that use correct anatomical structure for the work in progress.    Beginner level doll makers needing help with techniques and advanced doll artists that would be interested in mentoring and teaching are welcomed in the Guild and Apprentice program.  

I also spent time getting to know a few of the exhibiting doll and teddy bear artists while I was at the IDTS.  Read their stories and learn more about their creations at my blog
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July 2016

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