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A TALENTED and creative woman has received a prestigious award for her hand-crafted porcelain dolls. Christine Jones, of Newbolt, Royston, who is a member of the Global Doll Society, won a gold medal in the Modern Fantasy section at the society s annual a

A TALENTED and creative woman has received a prestigious award for her hand-crafted porcelain dolls.

Christine Jones, of Newbolt, Royston, who is a member of the Global Doll Society, won a gold medal in the Modern Fantasy section at the society's annual awards.

Christine uses a range of techniques to create the intricate dolls, such as embroidery, gold relief work, painting, and jewellery work.

But before she concentrates on aesthetics she has to use a kiln to fire them from scratch.


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She said: "There are so many things that can go wrong. You can get a cold spot in the kiln or it might fire too high or too low.

"And you may have to paint the heads four or five times to get it right."

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Christine has been making dolls for 10 years, and is working on another fantasy doll to add to her collection, which includes a fairy and an ice queen.

She said she would like to teach her skills to others, and added: "I would also love to make a Madonna doll for the Catholic Church. But I would have to get the right doll for that."

When asked where she gets her ideas from she said: "I work on inspiration.

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