UFDC Convention Dolls – What to Expect

This year the UFDC convention dolls are brought to you by a variety of exceptional doll artists and manufacturers who have designed dolls exclusively for the 2018 UFDC Convention. The 2018 souvenir doll was created by Ruby Red Galleria, a well-known online doll fashion boutique. Their brand name has been recognized and appreciated by the doll collector public worldwide for its amazing doll designs, haute couture doll costumes and the many fashion accessories such as wigs, shoes, hair, and jewelry.

The 69th Annual Doll Convention hosted by United Federation of Dolls Club, takes place in Phoenix, Arizona, Tuesday through Saturday, July 17-21, 2018, at the J. W. Marriott Desert Ridge Spa & Resort. Pack your bags and join the adventure to see the limited edition UFDC convention dolls gracing the red carpet!

Special exhibits of UFDC convention dolls are Simon & Halbig dolls and Native American dolls. Simon & Halbig, a German company, is known for their fine bisque doll heads and innovation in the doll industry. A UFDC convention dolls exhibit “From East to West” features Native American dolls. Convention goers will have the opportunity to see the Native American art collection at the Heard Museum.

Some of the UFDC convention dolls artists are:
  • Darlene Lane, award-winning doll artist from Tucson, Arizona, creates souvenir dolls for UFDC’s special events. She is internationally recognized for her work. 
  • Robert Tonner is an American entrepreneur, fashion designer, sculptor, doll artist and owner of Tonner Doll Company, Inc. and the Effanbee Doll Company, Inc.
  • R. John Wright established an art doll making workshop in Vermont in 1976. His company designs, produces and markets original felt doll and plush animal lines along with many licensed products. 
  • Stephanie Blythe has been creating wonderful fantasy dolls, including her “teacup” fairies since 1977. She has a talent for sculpting & painting with attention to detail at an intricate level. 
  • Helen Kish, a wellrespected doll artist, has created dolls ranging from charming limited-edition vinyl and porcelain to evocative one-of-a-kind sculptures of clay, porcelain, bronze and stoneware. An artist whose inner creative force led her to the dollmaker’s life, Helen Kish has left an unmistakable mark on the doll world. 
  • Erika Catellani is a Swiss artist who produces hand-carved wooden dolls. Combining light colored wood with her artfully sculpted and hand-painted faces, her wooden dolls are truly unique. She also makes costumes and wigs for her dolls. 
  • Maggie Iacono has been making dolls since childhood in Minnesota. Her talent and understanding of creating cloth dolls from fabric is unparalleled. 
A few highlights of the UFDC 2018 Convention: 
  • History of Design, Creation & Production Barbie Doll – Ruth Handler, co-founder of Mattel, started the phenomenon of Barbie after observing her daughter Barbara playing with paper dolls for hours. Don’t miss this informative and interesting presentation.
  • Portrait Dolls: Likenesses in Miniature – If you’ve ever wondered how these tiny dolls were made, then be sure to register for this very informative event about dollhouse-sized UFDC convention dolls, taking place on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. 
  • Is it a Dewees Cochran Doll? – Dewees Cochran was an innovative doll artist with a creative vision. She formulated her design for six basic face types of American children, which became her portrait ‘look-alike’ dolls. You will enjoy this interesting presentation about how to determine if a Dewees Cochran doll is an original or a reproduction.
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Join us for an exciting experience with friends and family. Five fun-filled days of educational activities, world-class salesroom, themed meal events and sightseeing opportunities! We have scheduled an incredible array of meal events, workshops and seminars that are sure to delight your senses. 

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