08 March 2010

All Dolled Up

One of the best things about being in charge of LibertyTown is presenting artists from unlooked for corners of the community. Last September Lynn Ackerman introduced me to Kevin McKluskey and suggested that I should see the dolls he made. Well, some of my best ideas are other people's, and this is no exception. Kevin makes the costumes for all the theater productions at the University of Mary Washington and also teaches there. By night he makes these fabulous and fantastical sewn and stuffed dolls. They are his chance to work more intuitively rather than following a design. This is the first time he's ever shown them and they have been a big hit with more than half of them sold already!
Scarlett held a birthday party in the pottery school Sunday. It's always great to see the little ones with their hands in clay. They made masks and it was interesting to here how the volume in the room changed with each task. Lots of noise while shaping and pounding the clay, dead silence when the underglazes come out for decorating.


cookingwithgas said...

I have a niece who goes to Mary- Washington- I'll have to send this post to her.
She is a student in the drama department.
great work!

Anna M. Branner said...

So glad you posted these pictures. I was describing the dolls to a freind yesterday...now I can send her your link!

Anonymous said...

i love the pictures of all the little ones making things out of clay. maybe it will stick with a couple of them

Hannah said...

Crazy fun things. They look great.