About The Artist
Born in Parker Ford, Pennsylvania to German immigrants who met
in this country, Dorothea has always exhibited a natural talent for
creativity. Whether carving figures out of Ivory soap, or sewing doll clothes and
accesories for the doll house her father made for her as a child. This attitude of "you don't know if you can do something unless
you have tried" has led her to try her hand at many things. Back around 1988, Dorothea needed a Christmas present for an
office exchange. She had drawn a friends name and knew that the friend
collected Santas. It soon became obvious that she would not be able to buy a nice
Santa for the designated $20.00 amount, so she decided to make one!
Who would have guessed that the little soft sculptured sitting Santa she made for her friend, would have evolved into a career.
The Santas have appeared in "Better Homes and Gardens Santa Claus Magazine" and are available in many gift shops throughout the United
States and in Germany. She has also been honored by being named to the "Early American
Life Gallery of the top 200 American Craftsmen repeatly." Most recently her
work was chosen for the Songbird Media "Dolls Of Diversity" calendar. She is
featured for March of 2005.
The Santas are a wonderful gift of imagination! In the past
couple of years she has added the most adorable and mischievous elves to her
collection. In combination or by themselves, they allow a wonderful
story to be told. Both the Santas and Elves are individually handcrafted of
polymer clay with glass-like eyes, and wire armature bodies that allow them to
be posed. Natural lambs wool beards are applied to the handpainted faces,
and their sculpted hands hold an array of handcrafted dolls, bears and toys. All of the clothing is originally designed and sewn using recycled
wools, vintage quilts and natural cloth carefully choosen for their
color and texture. Sizes range from 14 " to life size. Many different reproduction
sleighs, tricycles, trucks,rocking horses, trains and micellaneous props
are used. She is constanly looking for interesting items for her
adventure-some elves and Santas to get into.
The creations can be purchased by direct contact, local juried
craft shows, and numerous gift shops across the nation. Visit the "Works of Art" page, or
contact Dorothea at email@example.com for more information.