From Ceramic Headless Brides to Personalized Mini Dolls

By: Laura McQuarrie - Jan 26, 2014
Porcelain dolls are no longer antiquated collector’s items that accumulate dust sitting on shelves. The precious dolls may still be meticulously made in fragile materials, but they now showing off a tougher side by being fetishized, zombified and becoming more provocative than ever.

Many of these tchotchkes embrace a touch of the bizarre, like the creations of artist Richard Ankrom that blend well-recognized cartoon characters with S&M-like masks, or Mark Ryden’s doll that wears a dress made out of different cuts of meat.

The juxtaposition of the porcelain materials used to craft these dolls combined with the unusual themes makes them not nearly as delicate or boring as the traditional porcelain dolls that came before them.