With Connie Smith

Registration Open!


Starts January 6, 2022 JUST $77!

Leap into the season with your own handmade anthropomorphic Rabbit doll, ready just in time for Spring!

In this six-lesson, three-week class, you’ll design, sculpt and costume your own one- of-a-kind Rabbit from Creative PaperClay, using traditional sculpting techniques.

After air drying your rabbit’s bust, hands and feet, you’ll hand-paint them and seal them in beeswax, and then hand-sew his jointed cloth integrated body/costume, decking him out in either a Harlequin/Jester or Dandy/Dapper Theme.

In the spirit of the times, no workshop would be complete without a virtual ‘Mad Tea Party,’ so I’ll also provide recipes for scones and finger sandwiches for us to share during our final online Facebook session, with our completed Rabbits. 

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Treat an artist friend to this online course and work on the project together! 

How much fun would that be!!!

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Connie Smith, NIADA Artist

I’ve been sculpting, drawing and sewing since childhood and have pursued dollmaking all my life. For more than 30 years I’ve explored the anthropomorphic genre of figurative sculpture and was the first artist ever to be inducted into NIADA with a completely anthropomorphic portfolio. At the heart of my daily practice is an abiding sense of sustainability—a commitment to using organic, archival materials. My dolls are constructed like antique china dolls, with heads, hands and feet or shoes directly sculpted from high-fire porcelain or stoneware clay (as might be done with a potter’s wheel), pigmented with high-fire ceramic stains, then fired in a kiln and finally sealed in pure beeswax. They are then sewn onto an armatured or articulated cloth body. The costume is either fully removable, or integrated into the doll’s body design, depending on my intentions.

Likewise, vintage apparel and linens beyond restoration are the mainstay of my fabric stash and costuming impulses. Every component of a piece informs my process, and often a nuance of personality will arise out of the fabric remnant itself or from a button, buckle or bit of lace—my subtler way of doting on both the planet and the palpably silent past of such storied objects. Since moving to New York City in 2008, I have been incrementally learning various aspects of stop-motion animation, towards the ultimate goal of creating my own short (and feature-length) films.

It’s going to be great fun, so hurry —don’t be late— for this very important date and register today.

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