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Sculpted Santos Art Dolls

I am really getting into the process of creating Sculpted Santos Art Dolls and then giving them their own history. Sometimes I almost think my dolls take on a personality of their own after a while.  It’s such a joy to see them take life and how they emerge from the raw clay.
handpainted Art Doll

   Meet Bird Molly. She’s a kind soul, with a heart that wants to fly.  Her eyes seem so gentle to me. She holds a little bird in her hands together. I am not sure if the bird has come to rest or is ready to take flight.
Bird Molly Art Doll hands
This is Helene. You can depend on her for strength and guidance. She is one of my first and favorite Santos dolls. She is not as fancy as the  Snow Queen but she has her own quite solitude.
Art doll in Santos Doll Style
 This doll is called The Mother. Everything about her encompasses love. she holds a tiny frozen Charlotte doll in a sweet birds nest. There are so many things that speak to me about this art doll.
Hand sculpted art doll with nest and Frozen Charlotte
I love using found objects like Frozen Charlottes in mixed media and assemblage pieces. If you want to create your own art dolls, you can see this post on how to take this workshop.
Sculpted doll with frozen Charlotte in nest
In her little nest is  a little antique frozen charlotte I found on Etsy. These are the tiniest little dolls I have ever seen. They come all the way from Germany over 100 years ago and are actually discards from an old factory, still being unearthed.
Hand painted art doll with butterfly
This last dolls name Hope. It seems so appropriate! She is gazing to the sky like she is waiting for something brand new.
New hope art doll
She literally has her head in the clouds.
Hand painted art doll with butterfly
I have to admit I am in love with her face. She looks as serene as I would love to feel all of the time.
Painted Art doll face
I’ll have these Sculpted Santos Art Dolls listed in my Etsy store for my Spring collection with some others I am working on. I’ll also have them for The Nada Event in May. If you get a chance, stop on over there. Anne Marie wrote the nicest post about me today. You can also see some of the other awesome dealers that are going to be there along with Fifi signing her book. There are so many people coming from out of town, it’s exciting!

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  2. Your little ladies are wonderful, Jennifer! They have much character and soul in their facial expressions. I love them all. Great job you did with them! 🙂

  3. Im in love with The Mother…BEAUTIFUL. I saw the post by Anne Marie, water seeks its own level…have so much fun…and good luck on the chair too… relax it will come. “HAppy ACCidents.”

  4. These are just beautiful! You’ve done an amazing job with them. You are very talented. I adore all of them but Bird Molly is really catching my eye. She has the sweetest expression.

  5. These santos are beautiful. As a little girl growing up Catholic in Northern New Mexico, I remember loving these statues and also how I could freak myself out by thinking they were watching me! There are a lot of Santeros who show their work at the Spanish Market every year in Santa Fe, should you ever be incclined to go. Thanks for sharing your work!

  6. Hi Jen, I sneak and peek over here too! 🙂 You are so, so talented and I can’t wait to see what you come out with next – I wish I was closer to you so I could get ahold of them in person!

  7. Your Santos dolls are so beautiful, Jen! I love The Mother doll with the antique frozen charlote… fabulous!
    Love Anne Marie… wish I could make it to her big event, but it’s just too far away (I’m in California).
    Have a great day!
    Jo 🙂

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