Sylvia Mobley Biography

About 30 years ago after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Ceramics and Sculpture I started making dolls and miniatures. While my husband, a career U. S. Coast Guardsman, and I were moving around the country I felt this was a perfect way to do what I liked best and take my business with me wherever we resided. In 1988 we dropped anchor here in the Sierra Foothills near Yosemite National Park, an ideal place for a woman who finds her inspiration in nature.

About the Work

The work that I do is naturalistic in style, though occasionally the theme is inspired by fantasy. Our many cats model for my Cat figures. The Dog figures are modeled after AKC standards, our own dogs being Pound Puppies. The Dolls that I make are available as kits or dressed in peasant costumes, carefully researched period styles and fantasy costumes. My Christmas Village reflects an international influence in its variety.

I began to realize my larger Christmas scenes lacked one most important character, the Reindeer. I have made my Reindeer as realistic and full of life as possible. The Reindeer led to other animals. A series I call North American Wildlife includes rabbits and hares, raccoons and ferrets, wild cats and dogs, and some baby animals.

In 2007 I introduced a series of creatures too small and fragile for porcelain. I am using resin casting to create frogs and toads, snakes, bats, rats and mice, and anything else I can think of! Enjoy!

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