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Gillian Richards

Gillian Richards Dolls, Dolls houses and Miniatures (Bristol)

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the French Bru above can also be made in class
Jenny is one of the 80 dolls you can make during Gill's doll making classes
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Doll making classes

No experience needed.........all levels catered for.......from beginners to competition standard. Gillian is a GDS *** three star teacher, platinum doll making award winner and international judge. The doll making classes are held weekly on aTuesday at White Cottage & the times are:-

Tuesday Mornng doll making class 11:00 - 1:00
Tuesday Afternoon doll making class 2:00 - 4:00

Cost 13.00 per session (payable 10 in advance) tuition only (dolls extra). Doll making classes run all year except 4 weeks at Christmas and 4 weeks in August.

Start any set terms. You will choose from 85 doll moulds antique or modern from 6" to 32". There are girl dolls, boys, lady dolls, babies, fairies, miniature dolls & fantasy dolls. Dolls cost from 15.00 to 170.00. An average 16"/18" doll is around 120.00 (not including costume). You may come to a free doll making class to try your hand at painting and to meet the other class members.

If you are impressed you can choose the doll you'd like to make and book your place. You get your dolls head as greenware (unfired) and smoothe the face and cut the eyes to shape. It is then fired to bisque after which you begin to paint the features which usually takes several weeks. If your painting is satisfactory the head is fired after each visit. On completion you add your body, eyes, and wig and either take your doll home or you have an option to stay at class to dress between working on your next head because of course by now you will be hooked !!!!!!! see more examples of dolls you can make.

There are sometimes intensive 3 day courses for doll making for unfortunate people who live outside Bristol and therefore need to travel in. These are usually in the summer months. There are also one day courses for wigmaking, shoemaking & costume advice. Private lessons on request.

You can also sculpt you own original doll... see modelling & mouldmaking.


Doll making classes
Phone ++44 (0)117 9495049 / 07967551761
White Cottage, 326 Canford Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3PW