Wendy Lawton Heidi Art Doll is inspired by the much-loved classic by Johanna Spyri, Wendy Lawton has created this 13″ porcelain doll of Heidi. Clutching her basket of fresh rolls for Peter’s grandmother, she’s as bright as a morning in the Swiss Alps. Heidi was released in 1984 in an edition of 250 all handmade in the Turlock California Lawton Studio. This was the second doll in the Classic Doll Series created by Wendy.
Wendy’s work has garnered an impressive array of awards. In past years, Lawton dolls have been nominated for close to seventy industry awards, winning the coveted DOTY eleven times and the Dolls Award of Excellence three times.
This is #114 of 250 and in new condition.
Most people recognize the name Wendy Lawton because of her dolls. For almost three decades she’s sculpted winsome faces out of clay to be molded for Lawton Doll Company’s award-winning limited edition porcelain dolls. In 2006, she was awarded the industry’s highest honor, The Lifetime Achievement Award. But if you ask Wendy, she’ll tell you she is a storyteller.“For most of my life I’ve been telling stories, she says. “Sometimes I tell a story in porcelain by creating a doll. At other times I tell the story using words.”
Every once in a while childhood and middle-age intersect. It’s like C. S. Lewis wrote to a young friend who was concerned about being too old: “…you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
“As a child, I lived through my books,” Wendy says. “The characters became as real as my friends at school. I could walk blindfolded through the rooms at Mistlethwaite Manor and I knew the feel of the heavy velvet draperies covering Colin’s mother’s portrait. The chalk dust itched in my nose as Anne did her penance at the blackboard. Stuffing rags in the old cracked stove at the Pepper household, I could almost feel the heat escaping. I delighted when the cheeky little beggar showed up in Sarah’s attic room and I wept in that other upstairs bedroom as Beth hovered close to death.”
There is something about the reading we do as children that stays with us forever. It’s one of the reasons the dolls Wendy creates are always so closely aligned with literature and the books she writes are steeped in sensory detail. Wendy received honorary Doctor of Arts and Letters degree.
Besides working with dolls and books, Wendy loves to garden. Before she moved from her last garden, she counted over 200 rose bushes. She enjoys cooking and entertaining as well.
Wendy has been married more than 35 years to her best friend, Keith. They are parents to three adult children —