The Doll Makers

Hamilton Ontario, Sept 23,2015 Sisters Shirleyann and Gail Taylor search for the maker of an antique doll on the base of it's head. The doll which was made around 1910, was dropped off at their Concession Street shop by a man who said he no longer had any use for it and knew that it would have a good home with them at Rainbow Treasures. The sisters repair old dolls as well as teach classes on how to make porcelain dolls Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator / Mahoney story Sisters Shirleyann and Gail Taylor search for the maker of an antique doll on the base of it’s head. The doll which was made around 1910, was dropped off at their Concession Street shop by a man who said he no longer had any use for it and knew that it would have a good home with them at Rainbow Treasures. The sisters repair old dolls as well as teach classes on how to make porcelain dolls Cathie Coward/ Hamilton SpectatorHamilton Ontario, Sept 23,2015 While Shirleyann Taylor works to re-string a 60 year old doll her sister Gail paints the face of a porcelain doll she is working to create in their Concession Street doll shop. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator While Shirleyann Taylor works to re-string a 60 year old doll her sister Gail paints the face of a porcelain doll she is working to create in their Concession Street doll shop. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton SpectatorHamilton Ontario, Sept 26, 2015 Porcelian body parts are plentiful in the workshop area of Rainbow Treasures on Concession Street where awarding winning doll makers Shirleyann and Gail Taylor teach classes the fine art of doll making. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton SpectatorPorcelian body parts are plentiful in the workshop area of Rainbow Treasures on Concession Street where awarding winning doll makers Shirleyann and Gail Taylor teach classes in the fine art of doll making. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton Ontario, Sept 26, 2015 Porcelian body parts are plentiful in the workshop area of Rainbow Treasures on Concession Street where awarding winning doll makers Shirleyann and Gail Taylor teach classes the fine art of doll making. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton SpectatorHamilton Ontario, Sept 26, 2015 Porcelian body parts are plentiful in the workshop area of Rainbow Treasures on Concession Street where awarding winning doll makers Shirleyann and Gail Taylor teach classes the fine art of doll making. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton Ontario, Sept 26, 2015 Porcelian body parts are plentiful in the workshop area of Rainbow Treasures on Concession Street where awarding winning doll makers Shirleyann and Gail Taylor teach classes the fine art of doll making. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton Ontario, Sept 26, 2015 These two Circle Dot Bru dolls get their names from the markings on the head that the designer uses as a signature. Both these dolls are the exact same head but one is created white and one is black . The black doll has been created using a larger body as well. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

These two Circle Dot Bru dolls get their names from the markings on the head that the designer uses as a signature. Both these dolls are the exact same head but one is created white and one is black . The black doll has been created using a larger body as well.   Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton Ontario, Sept 26, 2015 Gretchen has glass eyes and was made from a kit that Shirleyann Taylor order from England. Everything from the unique lacing on the front of dolls apron to the embroidery on her underclothes and the crocheted socks and little leather shoes to her hair were hand made by Shirleyann. This doll is a real award winner. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton SpectatorGretchen has glass eyes and was made from a kit that  Shirleyann Taylor order from England. Everything from the unique lacing on the front of dolls apron to the embroidery on her underclothes and the crocheted socks and little leather shoes  to her hair were hand made by Shirleyann. This doll is a real award winner. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton Ontario, Sept 26, 2015 These 4 sweet little dolls are called Bleuettes. They are made from 3 separated designs The girl sailor and the girl in the knitted German outfit are Bleuette Silver. The sailor boy is Bleuette Jumeau and the girl in French lace is Bleuette Gold. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton SpectatorHamilton Ontario, Sept 26, 2015 These 4 sweet little dolls are called Bleuettes. They are made from 3 separated designs The girl sailor and the girl in the knitted German outfit are Bleuette Silver. The sailor boy is Bleuette Jumeau and the girl in French lace is Bleuette Gold. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton SpectatorThese  4 sweet little dolls are called Bleuettes. They are made from 3 separated designs The girl sailor and the girl in the knitted German outfit are Bleuette Silver. The sailor boy is Bleuette Jumeau and the girl in French lace is Bleuette Gold.  Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton Ontario, Sept 26, 2015 "Jack Frost" another award winning modern doll made by Shirleyann Taylor. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator“Jack Frost” another award winning modern doll made by Shirleyann Taylor. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton Ontario, Sept 26, 2015 This larger doll named Annika is an example of Dimensional Doll Painting - her eyes are painted not cut out. She is made in the Modern style by Gail. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton SpectatorThis larger doll named Annika is an example of Dimensional Doll Painting – her eyes are painted not cut out. She is made in the Modern style by Gail.  Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton Ontario, Sept 23,2015 Sisters Shirleyann and Gail Tayor search for the maker of an antique doll on the base of it's head. The doll which was made around 1910, was dropped off at their Concession Street shop by a man who said he no longer had any use for it and knew that it would have a good home with them at Rainbow Treasures. The sisters repair old dolls as well as teach classes on how to make porcelain dolls Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator / Mahoney story

2 Comments on “The Doll Makers

  1. Looking at these lovely pictures brings back so many happy memories of hours and hours spent pouring, cleaning, firing, painting, and dressing my own porcelain dolls. Thank you.

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