When my youngest son was a toddler I started out making "button dolls" they where little dolls with flower pots serving as their little bodies, round wooden heads and button arms and legs. I would go around to local shows selling them. I soon moved on to making cloth dolls. Then eventually I moved onto designing my own doll patterns, mainly focusing on
Snowmen and Raggedy type dolls, and thus Raggedy Pants Designs was born. In the background I was always playing around with polymer clays just for fun...teaching myself how to make little fairies and dolls but then in 2014 I discovered paper and stone clays and immediately fell in love with the material, quickly turning to sculpting as my focus. I love the expressions I can get from the clays. From then on my career has grown beyond my dreams, I feel very blessed to have my art in homes and shops all around the world.
I am married to a wonderful man Brandon, I have two adult sons Brock and Curt, a daughter-in-law Katie, and two grandsons Luke & Reid.
I also share my home with two fur babies....a Bullmastiff Lewy and a yo
I hand-sculpt each piece from the finest of air-dry stone clays. I never use molds, so that each of my handmade pieces are truly a “One of A Kind”, each having their own little characteristics and personalities.
They are painted with acrylics, detail with pastels and rubbed with an antiquing medium…this brings out the details and gives each piece their own special markings.
I give them embellishments various materials; Papers, tinsel, glitter, lace and 100 percent wool being amongst my favorite. Whenever I can I love to incorporate vintage and antiques into my art.
I add a special signed label to the bottom of each of my handmade pieces so you can be sure you are getting a Michelle Allen original
In 2016 I was licensed by Bethany Lowe Designs. I am often asked what does that mean and what is a reproduction? It means that I am a artist for Bethany Lowe Designs. I create a piece of art and then collaborate with Bethany and her team to finalize and bring the design to life. That original piece is then reproduced in the Philippines by a team of artisans and sold by Bethany Lowe Designs to stores throughout the world. This is one of the greatest honors of in my career.
(Look for my pieces under Michelle Allen for Bethany Lowe Designs or for Raggedy Pants Designs)
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