KISH AND COMPANY.
As a premier designer of fine collectible dolls and gifts, Kish & Company is known and respected throughout the world. Artist Helen Kish designs, sculpts and scrupulously oversees each small edition.
Founded a quarter century ago, Kish & Company emphasizes high quality products at each level of production, creating exceptional value for the collector.
The HELEN KISH doll line is always extremely limited and sought after.
The Wonderful Collection Of Helen Kish Dolls.
Helen's dolls are recognized worldwide as some of the highest quality limited edition collectors dolls.
Helen Kish says she was fortunate she started making dolls before it became Big Business. Doll makers were more isolated and she couldn't help but develop a strongly personal style.
"I was totally unaware of anyone else (living) doing what I was doing. Even after I discovered that there were a few others like myself out there, images of the work of contemporaries were scarce and contact with them even more so," she recalls. "Helen Bullard's first volume of the American Doll Artist was a beacon for me in those days and later on there were meetings with my fellow artists in NIADA. My mentor, Martha Armstrong-Hand, gave me an important piece of advice back then, one that I have passed on many times. She told me to study classical art and anatomy, not dolls!"
"Of course, all artists draw on inspiration from the work of masters, work that touches us at a deep level. From there, we must learn to tap into our own resources in order to be true to the art that only we can make," she adds. "Power cannot be borrowed. I believe that at some point, I was able to find this source for myself. Although it is hard to put into words, this source is the wellspring for what I guess you could call my 'look'."
Kish, a resident of Colorado, began making dolls-or trying to-more than 20 years ago, just as her first child was about to be born. She experimented with different materials, took classes in porcelain, and "worked at it and worked at it..." From the late 1970s for more than a decade, she made more than 100 designs.
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