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Karen is self taught in doll art, and has been creating original figurative sculptures since 1999. She works with polymer clay and hand-sculpts each doll without using any molds. The doll begins with a foil head armature; then, clay is applied, building out the facial features. Karen makes her dolls from start to finish, doing all of her own sewing without the use of patterns. Her Santa's have been featured in the 2004 Better Homes and Gardens Santa Collections book Volume 6. Doll photos have also been in Early American Life Magazine, Doll Reader, Dolls magazine, Contemporary Doll Collector. Karen was very honored to be listed as one of this Country's top Artisans and will be listed in the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Directory of Traditional American Crafts Holiday issue of Early American Life. Being listed in the Directory is an honor given only to a handful of artisans. This award singles out their work as some of the best produced in America today. Karen has recently worked with Ashton Drake galleries on some Santa projects.