born in Amsterdam, where she studied art at the royal
Since then she has been working at places where
her artistic talents could be used. She worked in a
pottery and a diamond cuttery engraving antique objects
of crystal and many of these art pieces found their way
into the world.
About 36 years ago she started her doll making
career. Her work varies from tiny little elves to life
size fantasy figures.
prefers to work with air drying clays. An important part
of her sculpting work is finding technical solutions for
her demand of having “free standing
Since 1983 she has traveled to many countries to
participate in doll shows like IDEX and Toy Fair in the
USA, but also to many European countries. In December
2001 she participated for the second year in row in the
yearly exhibit of Wachtanoff Gallery in Moscow, Russia,
with great success.
elves flew all over the world and have become a precious
collector’s item. The prizes she has won are
numerous. The first prize was for a Dutch magazine in
1980. In 1983, 1985 and 1986 she won first prize in
Holland. In 1995 the first prize in Germany: the first
Battenberg Kunstler Puppenpreis. Also in Germany the
Max-Oscar arnold preis der Stad Neustadt bei Coburg.
“Through the expression, shape and position of
the dolls I try to stimulate the imagination and draw
the attention of those who look at them”.Technical
dolls are made of air-dry clay, strengthened with a wire
frame and with lead in the feet in order to make the
dolls stand independently. After sanding and polishing,
the dolls are painted with oil paint and varnished
several times. The silk and pastel shade clothes are
home-made and match very well. The wings are made of
a very transparent tissue which is first strengthened
with thin wire and painted afterwards. All my dolls are
one of a kind.