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Meet Our Teachers

Karen Baker
Angela Jarecki
Nancy Gawron
KAREN BAKER Lives in Toole, Utah,  with 1 husband, 6 children, 1 horse, 1 dog, 1 cat, 1 budgie, 1 dragon...Dragon?, 1 tortoise, 1 snake and 1 gecko, and 3 chickens. 

In her early years, she was busy collecting all of the above.
Twelve years ago, she discovered the pleasure of sculpting the human figure, and spent much time learning from several great Artists, like Jack Johnston.
Karen works in Polymer and paper clays.   She loves working out the costuming and getting just the right expression on her creations.

You can see her work at:

She began teaching in 2002, at the Enchanted Freedom conference, in New Mexico.  
Nancy makes cloth dolls, but mostly, she makes her true love, critters.  
Her animals are slightly realistic, but with a twist of comedy.  A cartoonist at heart, it can't help but show up in her work.    
She loves to see people smile, or even laugh, while viewing her work.
Some of Karen's work.
ANGELA JARECKI lives just outside of Houston, in Sugar Land, Texas. She is married, with 
4 children, 2 out of college....2 still at home, plus one adorable dog and one crazy house rabbit!

She attended Columbus College of Art and Design, and worked for Hallmark Cards, as a greeting card artist for many years. 

For her, the joy of art has always been found in the storytelling, or the conveying of an idea. That is why dollmaking especially appeals to her.     It allows her combine the love of the human figure, color, texture and the ability to capture a moment.

"My work tends to be illustrative, as I am an illustrator by profession. I want my work to engage the viewer and draw them into a world where beauty and fantasy are commonplace and accessible. I usually begin with several drawings and a palette of colors in mind and tend to work in analogous color schemes, as it allows the use of fabrics that are complicated and textural, 
yet not too busy on a small scale."

Angela has been making dolls for well over 20 years! One thing that she especially loves 
about dollmaking, is that there is always something new to discover or try!

You can see her work at:
Some of Angela's work.
She has worked on many advertising campaigns and small book illustrations, through the years, and spent 18 years as an illustrator with Rockwell International, as their technical illustrator.    After retiring, Nancy and her sister Betty, discovered the world of computer doll clubs.... attending their first conference in 2000.    
They were hooked!
NANCY GAWRON  lives in Downers Grove, a western suburb of Chicago, Illinois.      She has a husband, 2 children, 2 step children, 4 grand children and 8 great-grands.  Over the years, she has had her share of dogs, cats, birds and horses, but at this time is, sadly, pet-less.   She had been sewing dolls and critters since childhood, just for fun, never thinking anyone would actually buy them.    
Some of Nancy's work