“Santa Claus” is based on the original images of Thomas Nast.
R. John Wright is one of the most renowned and respected of all contemporary artists. Established in 1976, R. John Wright Dolls, Inc. has delighted collectors worldwide with beautifully designed and hand crafted dolls and animals. All are designed by John and Susan Wright and produced in numbered limited editions at the R. John Wright workshop in Bennington, Vermont. This year UFDC is delighted that these two national artistic treasures will be interpreting the work of a legendary doll maker to produce a true American classic. The work of R. John Wright has proven to be a favorite with UFDC’s collectors and their event in New Orleans will surely prove to be a convention highlight for those fortunate few who are able to attend.
A Christmas Message from R. John and Susan Wright
Dolls and history . . . . seem intertwined throughout our lives and our career. First inspired by the dolls of the early Steiff company – and then by the dolls of the Lenci and the German Kathe Kruse companies, we feel honored to continue the tradition of bringing innovation and artistry to the production of cloth dolls. The key word here is “production” because without our talented team of 30 dedicated workers, we could never realize our dream of making dolls in the same spirit of those early companies. Everything is made at our workshop here in idyllic Bennington, Vermont under our direct supervision. As Christmas draws near, it becomes a real Santa’s workshop!
We have long had strong associations with the members of UFDC who also recognize the importance and the pleasures of doll history. Next year, we will once again produce not one but two iconic doll characters “Patsy” and “Skippy” at a special ticketed dinner event. We look forward to seeing old friends and making new acquaintances. We hope to see you there! In the meantime, please accept our best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year.
R. John Wright
The mice above each hold felt “sweets” and were made in R. John Wright’s studio ‘kitchen’ this month.
“Mary Frances” and “Baby Grace” were introduced at a Christmas dinner event during the R. John Wright 2011 Convention. Both dolls are part of the Victorian Children series.
Susan and R. John Wright pose with members of the Shaker Doll Club. They describe this photo as “a fond memory of our ties with UFDC.”
The Wright’s daughter Emily poses in front of their tree decorated with real candles. On behalf of both the Wright family and UFDC best wishes are sent to all our members for a happy holiday and a wonderful new year!
What’s Cookin’? Convention 2012 Artist Spotlight
“Jambalaya Jubilee” may be months away but our event artists are already hard at work. Each month UFDC is pleased to introduce you to the artists whose work will be showcased at the meal events planned for New Orleans