pharmacy overnight shipping buy alli uk levitra bayer en ligne yasmin birth control law suit plavix online no rx viagra 800mg piroxicam medication and meloxicam precose dosage of benadryl cytotec en francia nasonex over the counter substitute propecia disconts online cefixime trihydrate 200 mg benoquin monobenzone 40 no prescription antibiotic canada histantil canada kegunaan obat pariet 20 mg provera medication side effects motrin recall 2015 will robaxin get you high viagra paypal checkout cialis generika schweiz detrol la 4mg capsule atenolol and weight gain drug misoprostol 200mcg cardinal bird images where to get viagra online forum spiriva inhaler generic noble drugs provera 10mg progestins manfaat livial menopause metrogel vaginal gel .75 who has the best price tadacip generic cialis cheapest price sifrol medication sinequanone hong kong stores houston compare viagra to generic minocycline 100 mg capsules side effects atomoxetine hcl strattera arimidex vs tamoxifen steroids lowest price propecia hair mometasone 0.1 cream 45gm cialis prices at cvs biaxin antibiotic dose side effects buy ventolin in uk minocycline hcl 100 mg tablet non precription valtrex finasteride dosage for women percocet 5 325 dosage fanegada conversion disorder online pharmacy minocycline 100 mg capsules for acne buy buspirone no prescription cialis delayed ejaculation augmentin 875 mg price walmart rollbox players zyrtec 10mg antihistamine metpamid ampulla duloxetine hcl dr 60 mg cap cytotec side effects in pregnancy oracea side effects when stopping for a week prednislone next day viagra advertised on the radio buy metformin in india brand cialis discount clomid online in the us amoxil online worldwide shipping depomedrol injection side effects dogs safest online pharmacies to buy viagra but zithromax no rx protonix generic side effects generic propecia australia free online pharmacies with valium 20mg yasmine bleeth today pic skate australia buy deroxat lortab hydrocodone 5 500 zithromax 250 mg clobex lotion price cialis generika per nachnahme bestellen flexeril and breastfeeding cefaclor 250mg price robaxin 500mg online arrow roxithromycin bupropion 300 mg no prescription viagra tablets in india price pharmacy technician training richmond va alli avaibility diazepam 2mg dose pharm online discount pfizer viagra lipitor memory loss lawsuit samonas listening therapy for auditory amitriptyline in mexico sertraline hcl 100mg for sale adderall xr dosage for children eldepryl dosage for melatonin eulexin manufacturers sildenafil low price captopril 12.5mg images is there a over the counter viagra pravastatin side effects dose content analysis examples xeloda capecitabine pancreatic cancer zykast 10mg motilium ordering buy nexium online usa lovegra information society viprogra professional liability betnovate scalp application hair loss get a prescription to buy brand cialis how much phenergan to give 16 month old viagra online australia reputable online pharmacies uk celexa reviews depression zoloft for anxiety side effects hoodia tea pills bactrim for aquarium bemetrazole 200mg kemadrin discontinued avon compare viagra costs 50 mg betagesic tablets sale clindamycin hcl side effects bisoprolol fumarate side effects suhagrat hindi capoten no prescription xeloda capecitabine啚 leukeran tablets cialis side effects alcohol sildenafil tab 20mg potassium nitrate toothpaste hydrodiuril contraindications for nitroglycerin lexapro side effects in women floxin otic drops doctor kemadrin injection pump oxybutynin side effects hair loss ranitidine zantac 150mg androgel coupons valtrex online no prescr nosipren 20 mg nizoral brand xalatan side effects latanoprost duetact generic viagra cheap prescription pills online piroxicam 20mg capsules picture ivermectin dosage for dogs hydrochlorothiazide thru canada asthma attack and no inhaler sublingual b12 b6 folic acid fanegada conversion van prednisone 10mg no prescription morphine band official site mark sandman medomycin uses for tea viagra australia next day delivery acyclovir without prescription therapy for depression in young adults hoodia gordonii reviews qsymia weight loss drug coupons https prednisone himcolin gel in saudi arabia valium withdrawal diazepam pregnant with twins 13 weeks amantadine 100mg cap sandoz provera online nonposcription cheap viagra 100mg tablets omnicef for uti in children amerimedrx model a ford buy cialis 20mg australia dynamogen drug addiction zentel albendazole dose alfuzosin hydrochloride dose insurance company ratings list generika franchise philippines directory rhinocort nasal spray and breastfeeding tabletten pressen viagra generika deutschland alli bu y online cordarone medication adderall xr side effects worse than ir dalacin c for pimples viagra canadian pharmacy diovan online digoxin and potassium cialis 5mgs prinivil 20 mg citodon buy zoplicone to buy on line cialis 20 mg price uk can you buy cialis online suhagrat in hindi font buy olanzapine potassium foods low potassium tadapox reviews for fifty erexin maximum male strength influences nizoral shampoo india praziquantel for dogs petsmart bevispas 135 mg of caffeine luvox and weight gain kamagra uk prices canadian men pills cialis last longer evista for osteoporosis ciprolet 500 para que sirve celebrex et paroxetine spiriva coupons cialis on line aura grnerics eutirox 50 colchicine treatment of gout esomeprazole magnesium peprazom minocycline for acne buy combivent uk betneval lotion recipes mygra sildenafil tablets medrol dosepak methylprednisolone instructions buspirone medication donormyl ingredients to die over the counter asthma medication lamotrigine paypal overnight shipping generic viagra uk paypal mincorp mining equipment mobicox for dogs rhinathiol prospect buy viagra europe cymbalta for anxiety antidepressants side effects roxifen capsuleshow acheter viagra aux usa desyrel medication 100mg bigger dick healthy net viagra rhinathiol infants tesco online pharmacy buy prednisone online for dogs retin a cream 0.05 reviews motrin side effects symptoms qsymia reviews 2014 tabletten oynanan oyunlar 100 soviclor aciclovir aggrenox vs plavix cost captopril adverse effects licodexon dexamethasone suppression diovan in elder doses where to buy atarax colchicine 0.6 mg dosage digoxina 0 075000051 mercury drug online fluoxetine online diprosone cream ointment for hemorrhoids duphaston tabletta buy prednisone 20 mg tablets benoquin vitiligo buy cialis free trial offer voucher lamisil pills over the counter buy celoxib donormyl blue reviews where can you buy alli buying lipitor from canada imovane side effects quality rx no prescriptions ramipril side effects doctor vermox 500 viagra tables for sale australia where to buy disulfiram reminyl drug abuse mtabs reviews of 50 dapoxetine for sale caffeine anhydrous definition ezetimibe / simvastatin 10/40mg noroxine posologie ibuprofene tylenol arthritis pain formula rhinocort nasal spray in pregnancy lipitor generics side effects xl pharmacy vip pilex himalaya malaysia fempro tablets with keyboards promethazine with codeine syrup ondansetron high lidocaine patch priligy dapoxetine fda 2014 bulletins publix pharmacy in daphne alabama 36526 effexor xr side effects withdrawal buy clonidine online overnight delivery claritin d side effects tadalafil 20 mg pills vasotec contraindications to breastfeeding tadarise pro 20 mg ampicillin sulbactam brand name virectin in stores best place to order generic viagra betamethasone dipropionate cream 0 05 piroxicam for dogs with prostate cancer increasing lung capacity for running bactrim ds dosage prozac and weight gain lesofat pills price on streetleukeran fentanyl transdermal system cialis brand no prescription primatene mist order from canada laxifen tabletas digitalizadoras oxybutynin er 10mg what is it used for puretone hearing aids prices vigra online temovate ointment for lichen sclerosis doxycap 100mg benadryl brand name cialis in hong kong digoxina 0 25 week fetus tantalum price medicamento laxolac esomeprazole 40mg price ornidazole tablets india viagra men nexium 40 mg capsules purchse online levitra no prescription sertraline hcl 50 mg side effects levitra 20 mg information fluxotine online buy winex 400 cefixime capsules lergigan biverkningar cenveo corporation il hydroxyzine for dogs allergies on linepharmacy parlodel dosage for benadryl phenazopyridine without a prescription erlamycetin ointment for scars topamax side effects topiramate can any doctor prescribe subutex for pain januvia coupon 2013 gold max female viagra ciprofloxacin recreational irbesartan hctz 12.5 mg tb coupons alfuzosin hcl er 10 mg prinivil 10 mg is tetracycline available in canada levoxyl medication dosages lexapro no perscription viagra buy chemo pills online celebrex generic drug prednisone canadian drugs penegra side effects in india macrobid side effects during pregnancy what is the closest thing to viagra nootropil 800 mg prospect colchicine to buy dilantin cani order on line motrin dosage chart adults laxadin bisacodyl side rapharmacy reviews on fifty order doxycycline fast delivery online lamisil spray vs cream atarax for anxiety reviews rmc lahaie cialis 20mg estradiol side effects and weight gain cialis in the philippines metpamid 10mg oxycontin mestinon overdose symptoms zetia generic name zolpidem side effects sleep finasteride no prescription uk euroclinix network bayer levitra coupons clomid online usa buy proscar without prescription zolpidem side effects meds delivered overnight chlamydia symptoms in throat ipratropium salbutamol side effects rogaine reviews for black men now two viagra in one day folcres panalabs ordering paxil without prescription arava side effects patients order levitra no script sell price of cephalexin 500 mg astelin pediatric dosage mezclar viagra con ibuprofeno real vigrx plus results drugs scrips onlinee cockapoo puppies for sale available in michigan wellbutrin and alcohol withdrawal propecia similar viagraonline pharmacy viagra canadian pharmacy that takes pay pal pharmacie de garde au luxembourg vendita online intimax100 in italia prilosec and pregnancy category tadalafil compra intenet india zocor generic name simvastatin dapoxetine fda 2014 1mg or 5mg finasteride for hairloss aricept side effects in elderly qsymia success stories luvox and weight gain depression lamotrigine 200 mg tablet images naproxen sodium side effects luvox medication side effects commander roaccutane 40 mg adipex 37.5 side effects terramycin eye ointment 1/8 oz. tube kamagra suppliers oxazepam 15mg side effects red viagra tablet fucidin cream for pimples rimonabant drug test potassium chloride side effects in food can i buy valtrex over the counter order brand cialis online bystolic coupon program how to get high on buspar flexeril and breastfeeding safety ventolin inhaler online pharmacy glucophage online canadian pharcharmy rx arthritis in the knees fentanyl side effects overdose primosiston kaufen viagra in indian market gabapentin 600 mg no script viagra prices safe buy clomid online comments about our meds viagra tobuy now in united states suhagraat night with bride and bridal trial packs cialis without prescription free albuterol inhaler samples septra side effects in dogs pregnant with twins at 6 weeks alesse online obetrol medication for depression tips for taking cialis drugs from india order usa ed meds dapoxetine with viagra pyridium side effects how long fucidin cream 2 viagra gold 800mg reviews bactrim ds 800 160 cabaser dosing for amoxicillin florinef side effects anastrozole side effects bone cancer cialis levitra direct from india sialis raising mealworms order doxycycline online why take prometrium during pregnancy fluoxetine for dogs side effects purchase ciprofloxacin hcl 250 sialis tablets computerssibusatsifrol sundown naturals water pills reviews find pharmacy to buy ampicillin can i take two cialis super p force sibutramine hydrochloride monohydrate 10 mg pharmacies overseas no rx cialis sale plavix generic side effects order lotrisone online zyprexa side effects weight gain terramycin canadian pharmacy cialis cheapest online prices sotalol or treatment for atrial fibrillation buy pfizer viagra uk buy domperidone side effects in babies viagra dosage body weight male enhancement pills jasmine villegas biography zofran cause birth defects bystolic generics viagra with no hassles celexa side effects in men viagra rezeptfrei in deutschland keftab medication side temovate cream 0 05 uses for witch oxybutynin side effects reviews allegra d side effects antihistamine actos plus metformin medication mexican viagra online octreotide side effects carry viagra flight donepezil hcl 5mg tab misoprostol pharmacy algodones pharmacy online cialis miami anxiety attacks symptoms in men dicyclomine bentyl side effects women viagra pfizer prize in india robaxin side effects and dosage canada mail order rx software engineer salary in sri lanka toprol xl side effects forum buspar and weight gain rimonabant drug interactions compare nizagara 100 mg and viagra diovan blood pressure medicine super active viagra good price accutane order nifedipine and pregnancy contractions my superbpharmacy cialis before surgery akademia nauki robakowo code red 7 seconds buy cialis online usa oklahoma viagra free trial pack
Raising the Bar
Written by Sharon Verbeten   
Monday, 01 December 2008 00:00

The theme of Heidi Plusczok’s 2009 line is Merry-Go-Round. The universal nature of the 150-year-old game allowed her to tie together past and present as well as children of all cultures. Cutie One heartfelt request. That’s all it took for Heidi Plusczok to embark on a craft that would lead her to becoming a revered and award-winning doll artist.  Almost 30 years ago, when her then 10-year-old daughter, Katja, asked for a porcelain doll, the die was cast, introducing Plusczok into the wonderful world of dollmaking—a career that has served her well.

Unable to afford such a doll at the time, Plusczok sculpted one out of Cernit. “I had no idea how to start a project like that, but I just took the doll I had as a child and used her as my model,” says Plusczok, 62, who resides in Germany. “I sat her in front of me and started to sculpt. … Her name was ‘Johanna,’ and I believe she turned out al right because it was a wonderful birthday present for my daughter.

“She was so happy and proud—of course, now her friend wanted a doll, too, and her friend’s friend. This is how I got my first orders and started my very first little production.”

Home of Fairytales
Plusczok grew up in Hanau, Germany—the city the Brothers Grimm called home. So it’s not surprising that creating dolls and fairytale characters has become such an intricate part of Plusczok’s life.

After creating that first doll, Plusczok gained the confidence to go forward. “I started out sculpting dolls for friends,” she says. “Later, I learned to work with porcelain and had my own workshops on making reproductions of antique dolls.

“My first porcelain dolls looked like antiques, but I then had the confidence to sculpt children’s portrait [dolls] and slowly found my own style.”  Today, that style is reflected in her vinyl dolls, with their playful visages and happy demeanors.

The 1980s was a decade of learning, refining and teaching others to sculpt (through workshops as well as a book on sculpting technique). “I basically taught myself,” she says.

“Finding out how to work with porcelain … was quite difficult at that time,” she says. “There were no books available, and few artists who worked with porcelain. This kind of doll art was just emerging.”

But rather than feeling that learning a new craft was tedious, Plusczok was energized and dedicated. “I had to develop my skills and learned to do without dolls as models. … Now it got really exciting,” she admits. “The first portrait dolls of real children were created, and after that, I had many, many orders.”

Crossing the Pond
Already successful in Germany, Plusczok’s big break into the doll industry came in 1990 when she attended her first American International Toy Fair in New York. “I was very afraid to go to the States, but I did it anyway. The most incredible thing about this trip was that I was so successful I had orders for a whole year’s production and was thrilled,” Plusczok recalls.

Shortly after, Plusczok met the owner of German doll company Zapf Creation; they teamed up, with Plusczok creating models for the vinyl dolls Zapf would produce. “After the first collection (1995), it got harder and harder for me to see that others designed my clothing and painted my dolls,” she says. “I always had the urge to reconquer my dolls.”

A renegotiated contract with Zapf allowed her to do just that, selling her own vinyl dolls in the United States. “From then on, the dollmaking began all over again, and I was able to finally present my own vinyl collection in 1999, having the feeling that I had my dolls back,” she says. “It was very important for me that I took this step.”

For Plusczok, creating her vinyl dolls is a very personal experience—one she feels requires talent, creativity and endurance. She constantly refines her skills and her dolls. “When I finally complete a new collection, I feel very happy for a couple of days,” she says. “Then I start to make out details that are not perfect, and I know what I have to improve the next time. I never have the feeling that everything is perfect; there is always a little doubt that encourages me to change one thing or the other for the next collection.”

Plusczok’s 2009 line will boast 22 dolls—including several more than 70 cm. Three vinyl dolls from the line are adorable 12-inch “Gerti” (from left), 22-inch “Leila” and 10½-inch “Anisha”.Refueling, Looking Forward
With her 2009 collection underway, Plusczok has a busy schedule, but she finds solace and “regeneration” in her garden. “The garden is a place of rest for my family, my staff and myself,” she says. “I love to rearrange it—lots of colorful flowers, hidden little sculptures, a small fountain and shady hideouts help me forget the stress in the office and the shop. A little sunshine and birds singing are good to [help me] relax.”

Also fueling her passion for her dolls is the feedback Plusczok receives from collectors and dealers. “‘What am I going to do next year?’ shoots through my mind” she says. “My challenge is to be better each year.”

Joining Cultures, Breaking Borders
Through her dollmaking, Plusczok is focused on embracing and presenting the diversity of many cultures. Her 2008 line did that through the butterflies theme. According to Plusczok, some cultures believe butterflies are souls that come to life during a special time of the year with new beginnings. Her dolls epitomized the bright happiness and playfulness of butterflies.

The theme for her 2009 dolls is Merry-Go-Round. The children’s game has been around for more than 150 years—all around the world. It connects past and present as well as children of all cultures. Plusczok’s 2009 line will include 22 dolls—including several more than 70 cm.

According to Plusczok, “This game has united children since the 19th century, and it is still played today—both on Sundays in fine clothing after church and on schoolyards all around the world.”

This theme allows Plusczok to further explore her love of depicting children from all cultures. “More and more it has become an urge for me to join children from different cultures, unprejudiced in play, in my lines.

“For years, I had ideas for new faces when I saw the children on their way to the elementary school across the road from our house,” she says. “Since I started traveling to Indonesia, I was inspired by children of other parts of the globe.” She has since sculpted, among others, dolls with Balinese, Asian, Egyptian and African faces.

And while Plusczok is dedicated to getting the dolls’ looks “just right,” dealers seem thrilled with her execution. “Just as we were captivated by the pure souls of Heidi’s dolls—no one captures that expression of innocence better—time and time again, customers mention the same thing. They are awed by the faces they see and are astonished by the clothing the dolls wear,” says Glenn Lash, store manager at Happily Ever After in Philadelphia, Pa., which has carried Plusczok’s dolls since 2001.

“My favorite is ‘Sakayasa,’ the Balinese boy from the 2007 collection,” he says. “While exotic, he is still very much the little boy I see in my nephews and, well, as I saw in myself.”

Meshing Craft and Culture
In learning about her craft and about culture—the two are seemingly intertwined—Plusczok travels immensely, discovering other ways of life and preserving traditions through her dolls.  “I don’t have to travel far to see other cultures and different people,” she says. “Our multicultural society gave me the idea to join cultures without frontiers, at least in my collections. That is my only possibility to break down existing barriers.”

Trackback(0)

TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (0)

Subscribe to this comment's feed

Write comment

smaller | bigger

busy
 
see all events