Pat Moulton has made dolls in various media for almost as long as she can remember. Previously, Pat was best known as a sculptor of babies which were used to manufacture doll kits. Her most memorable project was sculpting a likeness of the baby featured on Nirvana’s Nevermind album cover. (A video that starts with the photo shoot for the figure can be seen HERE.) Pat switched to BJDs only recently. Her first line of full-set dolls are currently being sold through select retailers. Pat plans to release another doll named Jaden soon.
Q: Would you be able to give me a little background on yourself and how you became a doll-maker?
A: I always had art in my life as far back as I can remember starting with drawing, oil painting and sewing. I made dolls out of anything that was available to me like paper clay on top of Styrofoam balls for heads but not a lot of detail to the faces.
When I started to sculpt, I used the polymer clay and I sculpted family members. Once I felt they looked very real, I was asked to do portrait dolls of people like my doctor. Soon I was hired to sculpt others.
I did try my hand at porcelain for a while, but for me it was not a lot of fun casting molds of other peoples sculpts so it went by the wayside and I returned back to sculpting using polymer clay.
I sculpted adults, then children dolls and soon moved on to babies that was and is still is my love.
My Husband ( Garel ) has been casting for many years in resin. He cast my Perfect Eye Tools in resin that I invented; they make it easy to sculpt eyes for dolls. He did cast a few of my children dolls in resin years back, but once I moved on to babies they were so big that I no longer had him make my dolls. Now that I am making BJDs, his expertise makes a great fit for my dolls and his resin casting.
Q: What led you to decide to design and release resin BJDs?
A: As you can see I have sculpted in a lot of media and have made many kinds of dolls, so I am always interested in dolls of all kinds. My first BJD was a baby.
I love the look and style of the children and adult BJDs, so I had to give it a try; for one thing it keeps my brain from getting bored just doing one kind of doll over and over again. The challenge of the BJD girls was so much fun getting all the parts to fit just right.
Having my husband being able to make the molds and cast my dolls was even better. I know that everything I make he can cast for me. Well, sometimes I am at the back of the list because he casts for other artists as well! I love that we can have made in the USA on my dolls and not have to go to China for my dolls to be made; it is a win -win for the collector and me too.
Q: How did you make dolls look like they were made of wood?
A: the wood doll was sculpted by me then molds were made. Once cast in resin, that doll was hand carved to give the doll the wood grain. Then a new mold was made. Garel added wood to the resin then it was cast once again. Once it cured, I stained the doll to give it the coloring that I liked, then it was sealed. I added the blushing after that. It feels like wood as well..for me It seemed great to have the doll look like wood; it seems to fit the BJD theme.
Q: Do you paint the faces of your dolls yourself? Do you make the clothing for your BJDs?
A: I sculpt, paint and I design make all the clothing for my BJDs.
Q: Are all your dolls sold through doll shops? Do you plan to sell any of your dolls through your own website?
A: I have been selling the BJDs through the stores and do not at this time plan to sell them myself unless I make a special one just for my website. Jaden is my next release.
Q: What do you hope to make next? Will you try other doll sizes?
A: My plan next is to make a 16″ BJD girl. I have two in mind and can’t wait to get started. As for other sizes, yes I have a plan for a new child; she is 12″ – 13″ tall. I love how one can position the dolls and the great looks you can get from one face just with painting and clothing.
Photos above: Pepper, Bad Boy Pinocchio
Pat Moulton’s ball jointed dolls are sold through the following stores: