Hello and Welcome
to Willow Ooaks
My dolls are Ooaks, Ooak stands for (one of a kind) they are made from Cloth & Clay.
The doll's heads are sculpted from a oven baked clay or air dryed clay and then covered in cloth, their bodies are also made from cloth, and then painted to make them look old and vintage. They are then dressed in a vintage style finished off with flowers, beads, crystals and pearls.
I have also in the past made many other dolls, I first started making dolls in 1991 with Cloth for a couple of years, then went onto making Wax dolls, next came Composition and Papier Machie dolls. Then I bought a kiln in 1996 and made Porcelain dolls for about 5 years, then the reborns dolls came out, and for the last 10 or more years I have only been making the reborn baby dolls from vinyl kits. Then in 2012 after three long years of trying and wanting to stop making just reborns dolls, I finally started making cloth and other dolls again.
I also make the odd Ooak bear. The bears are made of mohair which is painted or shaded in places to give depth and to make them look older. Then they are weighted and then finished off by making them look vintage.
I take many hours to create each Ooak doll or bear, but they are worth every moment. With every step and process bringing them closer to life; another one of a kind creation is produced. I never repeat or do any doll or bear the same - each one is always unique in it's own way.
I also make fresh handmade soaps, that are created without any nasty additives. No SLS & SLES are added, I also make a range of bath bombs to go with the soaps.
Below is a photo of my stand at Pudsey Doll & Teddy Fair in April 2012