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International Dollmakers Convention:  The Competition

Dollmakers Showcase the Height of The Art Of Dollmaking In The International Competition

The International Dollmakers Convention dollmaking competition attracts some of the best porcelain reproduction, modern and original dollmakers in the world.   Hundreds of dolls were entered at the Orlando 2000 convention, and the quality of the dolls and costuming was truly inspiring.

Here is how the competition works.  At this convention, there were 20 categories of dolls (see list below, if you are interested in dollmaking competitions and are curious as to what sort of categories the Doll Artisan Guild (D.A.G.) competitions have).  Dolls compete on a point system--this means that each doll is judged on its own merit, and not against the other dolls in their category.  This means that ALL dolls who receive high enough points will be awarded a ribbon, even if there are more than one such doll in each category.  The categories for ribbon are first place (blue), second place (red), and third place (white).  All other entries receive a green ribbon.  However, the best doll in each category wins a "Best Of Category" rosette.  

The rosette winners in the Reproduction categories all compete for "The Millie" award (best reproduction doll in show) and the rosette winners in  the modern doll categories compete for "The Magge" award.  Best Doll Sculpture is awarded the "Rolf Ericson's Award For Outstanding Doll Sculpture."  The doll that won this award, Anzu by Karen Royer, is shown below, right, with its award.  Also below is a photo of some of the Rosette winners on stage during the ceremony where they received their awards.  If a previous top award winner is judged best again, they are given a Gold Rosette, leaving the top award open to a first-time winner.

At this competition, there was also a special "Royal Court' theme category which included dolls from There are two classifications for competition--Professional and Non-Professional.  All teachers, doll workshop owners and others who have sold dolls compete in the Professional category.  

D.A.G. grants dollmaking titles through their Doll Artisan Guild School of Dollmaking, and certain ribbons must be achieved at the competitions in order to receive the titles--for instance, Masters of Dollmaking must win at least a red ribbon in competition.  Grand Masters must win at least a blue ribbon, and higher titles require various high-point ribbons.


For those who are curious and considering entering some of the upcoming dollmaking competitions in 2000 and 2001, I have presented below the various categories for this competition--competition categories are usually similar, with the exception of themed categories.

If you won a ribbon, rosette or high award at this competition, and you would like your doll to appear here with a notation about the ribbon, rosette, or award you won, please contact me at collectdolls@aboutguide.com as I have only included dolls here with the permission of their makers. 

For more information on dollmaking competitions, and how you can join the D.A.G, see below. 


Hippie by Sue A. McCartney, owner of The Blackberry Patch Studio in Huron, Ohio One of the Modern Red Ribbon Winners Jester by Beverly Newman, Dayton, Ohio

Additional photos in article:  Googly (one of the Blue Ribbon winners) by Beverly Newman, Dayton, Ohio

Anzu, Original Doll by Karen Royer from Texas, winner of the Rolf Ericson Outstanding Doll Sculpture Award. 

Group of Rosette and High Award winners at Award Ceremony


Reproductions of Doll made before 1930 (under 31")

1. Baby and Toddlers

2.  German Children & Characters, with glass eyes

3.  German Children & Characters, with painted eyes

4.  Milettes and smaller French (max 8")

5. French Children Under 20"

6.  French Children 20" and over

7.  Fashions (includes Gibson, China, Parian, Rochard)

8. Mechanicals including Walking Dolls

10. Doll-House and All-Bisques 10" and under

Open Categories, China Paint As You Wish (under 31")

Modern Doll Artists Dolls:  Recreate as you wish, includes fantasy, fairytale or fictional dolls, using doll heads sculpted after 1930)

21.  Small Moderns Under 9" (babies OK)

22.  Modern Babies 9" and over

23.  Intermediate Moderns 9" to 18"

24.  Large Moderns over 18" (no babies)

26.  Moderns in Dimensional Doll Painting (DDP) With Painted Eyes. (no glued on lashes)

27.  Imagination Dolls Using a Pre-1930s doll head.

28. The Royal Court Theme Category

29.  Decorative Porcelain Pieces (such as statuettes, eggs, half-dolls, shoulder-heads, etc.

Sculpting Categories

31.  Original Dolls With Porcelain  head, hands, feet (normal human proportions).  No all-bisque bodies.

32.  Fantasy Originals 

33.  Original Sculpture:  Figures or sculptures; immobile or almost immobile.

Other Pages > The International Convention  > Page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Dollmaking Competition:  Quality of the Dolls is Unsurpassed! > Page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Dollmakers Showcase Their Creativity at "The Royal Feast" Costume Party > Page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

How To Join the Doll Artisan Guild and/or Find a Seeleys Dollmaking Studio > Page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Photos From the Grand Exhibit of Royal Dolls > Page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Did you attend the Dollmaking Convention?  Did you wish you did?  Have you attended any of the other doll conventions this summer--the Barbie convention, or perhaps you are going to the UFDC Convention?  Lets discuss in the Dolls Forum! 

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