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Meet Master Doll Artist Violet Parker

June 20, 2018 , In: Behind the Scenes, Featured Story , With: 8 Comments
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Meet Master Doll Artist Violet Parker, the renowned artist behind some of Ashton-Drake’s most beloved dolls! Growing up as the fifth of eight kids on a Navy base in Rhode Island, Parker affectionately refers to her childhood as “hectic!” Yet through it all, she discovered her love for dolls at a young age.

Pictured below: Cuddle Caitlyn Baby Doll

“My favorite playtime consisted of cutting out paper dolls, playing and dressing my dolls, and of course, watching Shirley Temple shows,” Parker remembers. “I truly loved my baby dolls.”

When Parker grew up, she married her high school sweetheart. Together, they had three children, two boys and a girl. “When my daughter was little, I would make soft material dolls and bunnies – hand-sewing their body together, making homemade outfits and painting their eyes and face,” Parker remembers.

Now, Parker and her husband have five adorable grandkids! Four boys and one girl, Izzy.

“Izzy shares with me the joy of each baby that I create, and of course we regularly play babies together,” says Parker with a smile.

Pictured below: Kaylie’s Brand Sparkling New

But the boys certainly weren’t left out! “My grandsons loved my dolls! I caught my 6-year-old grandson play-riding on a motorcycle with a doll on the back,” Parker says. “And I took pictures to remind him of that one day!”

Pictured below: Cuddle Buddy Baby Doll

Although she had no formal schooling in art, a friend encouraged her to try her hand at sculpting. Parker was immediately hooked and devoted herself to perfecting the art form. “In 2007, I found the time and really put forth the love I have for doll making,” Parker explains. Since then, it’s grown into her full-time profession.

“My favorite sculpting consists of capturing the different facial expressions of innocent children and babies,” explains Parker. “Like the look of a baby with excitement just ready to burst, a smiling happy baby or a sweet shy look on a child. That’s where my goal is when sculpting, to give my dolls a personality you see as when looking into a child’s face.”

Pictured below: So Sleepy Sophie

We love working with you, Violet, and can’t wait to see what comes next!

Do you have one of Violet Parker’s dolls? Who? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to see where they are now and hear what you love about them!

    • Tamala Cole
    • June 23, 2018
    Reply

    Do you make African American Dolls?
    Thank you!

      • Melissa Anne Miller
      • June 26, 2018
      Reply

      Yes! You can view our selection here, and we have more coming out later this year.

    • Rita J Harris
    • July 27, 2018
    Reply

    How do you submit photos for the contest for the so truly real dolls? I would love to submit a photo of my granddaughter. Thank you!!

    • Sherry Miles
    • July 28, 2018
    Reply

    I have cuddle Caithlyn she’s one of my favorite dolls but I redid her body and weighted her more and add a magnet pacifier to her she don’t look like she use to and I got my eye on another one of ur girl dolls as well

    • Natalie S Alberry
    • July 28, 2018
    Reply

    I became aware of your babies after seeing a young lady with one at the store I was shopping in. That Christmas I bought Ella for my mother. I was overjoyed when mom opened her. A memory I will always remember.

    • Gina
    • July 28, 2018
    Reply

    I bought Cuddle Buddy and he is adorable! I really enjoy him. I got him a carrier and newborn clothes. He’s so petite, you can’t help but pick him up and love him!

    • Tina Campbell
    • July 29, 2018
    Reply

    Hi I have ordered two babies I love them they are so realistic dolls and soft to touching them I love it if they have more selection of clothes

  1. Reply

    I would like to see more African American dolls. Also much bigger dolls, meaning size.

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Welcome to the Ashton-Drake Galleries Blog! Join me in celebrating the joys of doll collecting, from sweet baby dolls to portrait dolls and more, each lovingly created by acclaimed Master Doll Artists. I'll also be sharing useful tips for caring for your Ashton-Drake dolls and more. Stay tuned!