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A behind-the-scenes look at the R. John Wright Dolls Design Studio in Bennington, Vermont. Written by R. John Wright, hear in his own words how the creative design process unfolds and how the world-renowned RJW dolls and animal characters are readied for production. 

Collector Spotlight with Michael Davis

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A behind-the-scenes look at the R. John Wright Dolls Design Studio in Bennington, Vermont. Written by R. John Wright, hear in his own words how the creative design process unfolds and how the world-renowned RJW dolls and animal characters are readied for production. 

Collector Spotlight with Michael Davis

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Michael Davis is a longtime and passionate R. John Wright collector living in the Western Suburbs of Chicago. His collection is what Easter decorating dreams are made of, and he is the perfect collector to spotlight for March - in preparation for Easter!

R. John Wright Dolls Collector Spotlight

1) What was your first RJW piece? Do you remember the moment or time when you were "hooked?"

My very first RJW piece was the Christopher Robin in the raincoat from a store out East called The Enchanted Doll House in or around 1986/87 I think...I remember when it came I was beyond thrilled...it was so wonderful...that started my love for these beautiful RJW collectibles.

 2) Easter is one of R. John Wright's favorite holidays. We can see you love it as well by your wonderful displays. Do your displays stay up year-round?

I usually get out my Easter collection up right after I take down my Christmas...it always cheers me up as the house looks so empty...I don’t have it up year round but for at least 6 to 8 weeks.

 3) What would be a "dream creation" for R. John Wright to make that he hasn't made yet that you would love to see?

I had to think about what my dream creation would be really...I love the new Hummel collection and would love them to make the Angel holding the candle...those are one of my very favorites...I also love the piece that they show with Mother Goose and the two children...it looks so wonderful in the picture. Would love to see that one.

4) If you could ask R. John Wright or Susan a question, what would it be? (RJW really will answer this special for you!) As far as a question...I would ask them how they decide on what new pieces they want to make in the future along with how they decide on how many will be in that series? (Below is the answer from R. John Wright!)

As soon as we began making dolls we began to dream of various characters we would like to make. Over our 40-year history many of them have come to fruition, but we are still inspired to do more. The list is endless. We have a large flat file in our design room which is filled with inspirational materials. And now that we have the Internet there is a corresponding folder of digital images as well.

How we choose from this vast array of possibilities is a complex and varied process. If we are under license we may focus on characters within a specific property to meet our contract obligations. Or we may be inspired to produce a doll or animal to celebrate an upcoming traditional holiday or anniversary. We also have ongoing non-licensed series—such as the Alice in Wonderland collection or the Palmer Cox Brownies—which we will add to periodically to keep the momentum. And the registration cards we receive from collectors often contain suggestions which we are inspired by. The most recent example of this is the St. Nicholas mouse made for Christmas 2016. Sometimes a project is very complicated and difficult and we simply have to wait until our skills are advanced enough to do it. The Wizard of Oz characters were on our list for decades before we felt we could finally do them justice. As you can see there are many factors at play in choosing what to make!

As to series size: we generally gauge the edition size based on sales of a prior similar project. Our goal is to sell out the edition quickly to maintain the excitement for collectors—and ourselves!

 

 

5) One of our favorite parts of collecting is being able to share it with others. Thank you so much for sharing your collection! What is your favorite part of collecting?

I guess my favorite part of collecting is seeing my purchases in person...when the box arrives I can hardly wait to open it...the pictures never do them justice...along with sharing them with my other friends who also collect. I was very excited when I was able to find two extra sets of the ducklings to add to my original set as they really make the display with Jemima Puddle Duck look great...my friends love to come over and see what new or old piece I’ve found and see how I’m going to displayed them...I love finding small little antique pieces to use in my displays with them which seem to make them come alive...It’s also very exciting when you can find a piece on the secondary market that you missed out on, and you are now able to add it to your collection...very exciting!

I hope these answer your questions and I am looking so forward to seeing the blog!