About Artist Mary West...
Mary and her sisters longed for dolls but were not exposed to the world of dolls like most other children. One very memorable birthday, Mary recalls her grandmother giving her a Chatty Kathy doll. She recalls that this turned out to be the only doll she received while growing up.
Many years later, Mary was blessed with a beautiful daughter. Mary decided her daughter would have many beautiful dolls in her world. This was the start of Mary's journey into doll collecting--and doll making.
In 1988 Mary went to a Doll Show & Sale at a local shopping mall. She met an amazing lady by the name of Connie Mizel. Connie had wonderful porcelain dolls the most beautiful dolls that Mary had ever seen. She tried to purchase one for her daughter's fourth birthday--only to be told "These dolls are not for sale." Connie continued by saying" but if you want to sign up for my classes, you will learn how to make dolls like these!" Mary quickly signed up--and several weeks later she received an invitation from Connie, to fill a vacancy she had in one of her classes. Mary started out with the larger poured porcelain dolls. Many times she feared her poor husband felt that the dolls were taking over! After many years of education, trial and error, Mary now enjoys making poured porcelain, sculpted porcelain, cloth, and polymer clay dolls.
In 1994, just when Mary felt comfortable with her doll making, she went to her first miniature Show & Sale. Mary love for dolls grew deeper, but this time, with miniature dolls! Mary started selling her work around 1995 at the urging of a friend who wanted to be the first to own one of Mary's lovely creations. When Mary designs and creates her dolls she gives each one the same attention to detail, time and quality as she would expect from the maker of a doll that she would purchase to add to her own private collection.
The dolls listed on this website are Mary's original works of art. You will find a mix of one-of-a-kind, poured porcelain reproduction, original cloth, and sculpted dolls.
Mary invites you to enjoy her site.
If you have any questions, or would like to commission a doll, please feel free to contact Mary West by mail, e-mail, or phone.