Becky Collings, Dollmaker
Heres how Becky Collings described her dollmaking career at the time of her December 2003 visit:
As a youngster, I loved making things, and my parents encouraged me with classes, materials, and appreciation for my work. In 7th grade a favorite art teacher brought Elmers glue and bread. The combination mixed together makes a wonderful clay. I would spend hours making jewelry and magnets along with taking all the art classes at school. Through the years until I was married, I started to make small Santas of foil and bread.
When my children were small, I lived in an old farmhouse, and mice would demolish my Santas. Thats when I discovered polymer clay, and I loved the versatility of the material. I sold consignment figures and set up at shows.
In 1998 I suggested to the Joint Vocational School art director that we should have classes on making your own folk-art Santas. It turned out to be a big success. I metand moved from Ohio to Kentucky to marrymy husband in 2001. For three years now, Ive been teaching seasonal classes at the John James Audubon Museum, and I have started sign-ups for Santa classes at the Owensboro Hobby Lobby.
I should mention I have tons of other projects on the burner: ornaments, gourd projects, larger Santas, home remodeling, and Santa classes. I do send project ideas to HGTV shows, and yes, they have responded! I hope to demonstrate a few ideas for spring 2004, but I have not yet had this verified. Carol Duvalls secretary called for directions and permission to share the idea, and I do hope to hear from them soon. I try to keep busy and never get bored!
Contact Becky by mail at 8985 KY 136 West, Calhoun, KY 42327.