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Legendary doll maker Dottie Clark never thought of herself as other than a wife and mother of five children. Dottie had a tragedy herself when her beloved daughter Katie Ann died of cancer at age 48 in 2006. "That nearly ended my life," says Dottie, "but I knew that I couldn't let it."
Around the year 2000 another daughter gave Clark a computer and she immediately started looking up dolls without really knowing why. She became more interested as time went by and attended a doll-making convention where she met a woman who had adopted five African-American children (making nine children in all), and Dottie invited her to her home for a week of rest and relaxation.The woman was so grateful that she gave Clark all the materials for a doll and showed her how to make it. The result was amazing...an extremely life-like baby doll ...everyone she showed it to urged her to go into the sculpted doll business.
Her first sculpted 'reborn baby' was sold for $1,200, and others have also been sold for approximately that price. Clark uses a clay called ProSculpt to get the result she is looking for. Her dolls are OOAKs (One of a Kind) and have received praise from doll manufacturers throughout the country. Each one is precious to her and she always puts much of herself into bringing them to life.
Dottie Clark lives quietly in northern Indiana, her native state. If you wish to see these dolls her website, Dottie's Place is now up and running.
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