Mary Calehuff - Nodders
I had been a collector of antique toys when I discovered and purchased my first nodder. It was a small white horse that enthusiastically nodded yes to me when I gently touched its head. I fell in love with him then and have been hooked on nodders ever since. In pursuit of a new challenge, it only seemed natural that making nodders would follow. I now have been creating them for over 21 years, and they still make me smile.
Nodders radiate dignified, whimsical, and comical personalities. I fell in love with them the moment I saw my first and have been hooked ever since! I now have a cupboard full of very old, some German made, papier-mache and composite nodders. Much of the inspiration for my work is drawn from my collection of these antique toys. Each one evokes a strong emotion in me, whether it is a certain way they hold their head, a twinkle in their eyes, or the way their fur has been �loved off� in spots. They greatly influence the look of my work.
In the tradition of this fine old German art, each nodder in my collection is sculpted in homemade papier-m�ch�, carefully hand painted, and meticulously balanced to produce just the right movement. Whenever possible, I use vintage trims and accents to help create the time-worn and well-loved look of these early toys. Each piece is signed, dated, and created in a limited edition of twenty five pieces or less.