Fun in making a living from dolls

WHEN it comes to making porcelain dolls, nothing beats good preparation and an eye for detail.

But the pay-off is that it should keep you sane.

Doll maker and teacher Sue Robinson was one of 48 stallholders yesterday at the Doll, Bear and Miniature Fair at Country Club Tasmania at Prospect.

The fair, in aid of Eskleigh, which provides support for people with a disability at Eskleigh Home at Perth and elsewhere in the state, will be open from 9.30am to 3.30pm today.

Mrs Robinson, of Prospect, has a business called Eureka Dolls that teaches porcelain doll making.

She said she cast the heads and arms of the dolls from clay herself but the students were taught how to clean the cast before painting and firing and then assembling the finished doll, complete with clothes, eyes, eyebrows, wigs and other features.

"It's challenging, it's relaxing, it's rewarding," she said of doll making.

"I would go nuts without it.

"I would say the most important thing is preparing (the doll parts ready for painting and firing) ... and when it is done you look back at it and say it is terrific."

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