About Evelyn Stanbury

Grand Master Doll Maker

Certified Doll Artisan Guild Instructor, Retired

Picture of Evelyn Stanbury, GMDM

Evelyn Stanbury has completed courses with the International Foundation of Doll Makers and The Doll Artisan Guild and holds teaching certificates from both organizations. She has been teaching the fine art of porcelain doll making since 1986. The quality of the dolls produced in her studio is a testimony to the expertise of her teaching skills. Her students have won many of the top awards in Canada and the US, including the coveted "Millie" and "Maggie" awards and Gold Rosettes in each category, from the Doll Artisan Guild competitions.  The care and attention to detail in every doll Evelyn makes is also recognized in her own dolls winning  many Best of Category Rosettes and Best of Show Trophies, both in Canada and the United States, as well. These rosettes and trophies have been won for Reproduction Antique Dolls, Reproduction Modern Dolls and Original Artist Dolls. In addition to reproducing antique and modern dolls, Evelyn has created several original dolls of her own.

  someofevelynsdolls.htm  Click button to view some of Evelyn's award winning dolls. 

As well as dollmaking, Evelyn does old-fashioned china painting on china blanks. She has won the "Opal Hay Award for Excellence in Old Fashioned China Painting" four of the five times she entered her pieces in the California Ceramic and Crafts Show in Anaheim.

evelynschinapainting.htm  Click button to view some of Evelyn's award winning China Painting.

A great believer in the benefits of continuing education, Evelyn has taken many different kinds of seminars herself. As her interests cover quite a wide spectrum, the seminars she has taken range from sculpting dolls to china painting. A regular participant in the Doll Artisan Guild Seminar Program, Evelyn has completed the Apprentice Courses and many Specialty and Advanced Seminars. In 1994, she achieved her MASTER OF DOLL MAKING with HONORS, Certificate and Medallion. In 1995, she received her GRAND MASTER OF DOLL MAKING Certificate and Medal, having won a Blue Ribbon on her Large Jumeau Arielle at the New York Convention. 

In 1995, Evelyn became a Certified Doll Artisan Guild Instructor , and has taught many successful seminars since that time.

  evelynsaccreditation.htm  Click button to view list of seminars Evelyn has completed.

Evelyn has also given lectures at various women's luncheons and was a guest speaker on the women's program at the Canadian Paint Manufacturer's Association Annual National Convention. She has demonstrated the arts of doll making and china painting at many community events such as the B.C. Summer Games, the Pacific National Exhibition, etc. A regular contributor of displays at the libraries around the Vancouver Area, she has shared her dolls with many members of the general public who would otherwise never encounter the art.

She was also involved as a key member of the committee producing the Western Canada Doll Festivals, in Vancouver. In 1998, this event included, for the first time ever in Canada, the awarding of the coveted Millie and the Magge, the two top doll making awards in the World.

  evelynsawards.htm Click here to see a list of the awards Evelyn has won

Evelyn is married and has two grown children, who have contributed four lovely grandchildren and one beautiful great grandchild to the family. She and her husband operate a home studio-distribution business known as Stanec's (STANbury, Evelyn and Clive) Dolls Ltd. Until the birth of her last child, Cheryl also worked in the family business.   Clive retired as President of General Paint Ltd., after 33 years with the company. For a period of time, Clive occupied himself with golfing, consulting to the paint industry and assisting with the books, the pouring and the distribution of supplies for the doll business and vainly trying to "manage" Evelyn.  In 2001, they both decided it was time to fulfill their long-time dream of traveling the US and Canada in a motor home.  This decision led to such a serious slow-down in the time spent in the business that Stanec's Dolls Ltd.. was officially closed down in 2013.  Since that time Evelyn has continued to work on dolls as a hobby, along with a few devoted friends.   She is maintaining the website as a fun thing for the sharing of all the information that has been collected over the years.  Also, from time to time, she will be posting information as to the sale of her private collection.

(This page has a lot of pictures on it, so it takes awhile to download.  As it is just "family" pictures, you might want to give it a pass!)

thefamily.htmClick this button to view the "Family Album".


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