Airdrie woman handcrafts porcelain dolls

Doreen Harrold lost her entire porcelain doll collection as a child when her home in Norwich, England was bombed during the Second World War. Over 70 years later, she’s creating a similar collection for others at a workshop located on her daughter’s farm, just outside of Airdrie, Alta.

Harrold, who was introduced to porcelain doll making by her daughter, says she started building them as a hobby to ease some of the boredom she felt when she retired and moved to Canada 14 years ago.

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From the initial pouring of the liquid porcelain to fitting the clothes each doll takes roughly a month to finish. The dolls sell for anywhere between $100 to $200.

In a profession that is slowly dying out, Harrold says she still enjoys making dolls and plans to continue with the art for as long as she can.

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