Friday, April 25, 2014

You can view many new pictures of my work on Facebook, just search for Bobbi Oliver Lambo Art and you can view my page full of my newest works!
Polymer Clay doll workshop

I am offering a 2 day workshop in doll making in November, I will lead you through the entire process of creating a polymer clay doll on an armature including the processes of building your armature, sculpting the clay,  creating head, hands, feet, baking the clay and creating the clothing. I only have 8 seats available, this allows for more individual time per student. So sign up early to reserve your seat! See below for more details.

WHEN- 22nd and 23rd November 2014
WHERE- 101 Iluka Ave, San Remo, NSW Australia
TIMES- 10am-330pm both days

HOW MUCH-$120.00 for two days, 8 max students
 Includes lunch, clay, armature, use of tools, paints, use of sewing machine, handouts (a how-to manual)

WHAT TO BRING- a chair, any tools for clay tools you have, embellishments, assortment of fabrics bits, sewing kit (keeping in mind what you want your doll to be (i.e. clown, witch, elf, fairy etc) Aleene’s Tacky glue, doll stuffing, old wool, (yarn) to wrap the body with.
I will have assorted tools, clay, Tacky glue, armature wire, and other accessories for sale.
Coffee and Tea will be available all day, bring any other drinks you would like, let me know allergies or special needs around food.
50% deposit required to reserve your seat non- refundable unless there is a waiting list

Direct deposit, check or cash accepted
Make checks out to Barbara Oliver
BSB-650-000, Acct# 961755701
Contact Bobbi- 43993307 – 04017 94904


Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Hunter Artists Network is hosting their premier event the first Saturday in December. You really don't want to miss this event. It is the best of the best in the Hunter Region!

We will be there with all our newest creations and can't wait to see you all there too. You will find the most unique items for your Christmas gift list. All originally created by the artists displaying.
So be sure to put it on your calendar and come down for a great day of shopping!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Hi everyone just letting you know we will be sharing our wares at the Dreamers Markets at Parramatta, 19th of October. check it out!

Lightening Ridge, the opal miner

I wanted to share my newest project with you all. I started this doll and his various components about 2 months ago. My inspiration came from pictures I found of Australian miners in the late 1800's online.

 It has been a big project. I started by building the goat and cart as these were new special challenges for me dealing with size and working out all the various parts to make it real, as well as different mediums not quite as familiar to me.

The armature for the goat was built from wire and wood, and then  built up with Claycrete an air-drying plaster paper pulp product. I made the horns and eye from polymer clay. His cart is wood, wire, copper and various other embellishments to fit the scene.

 I created a shovel to fit on the side of the cart. I did have to buy the wheels. I don't have and don't know how to turn wheels or round things on a lathe. Though I would like to try! Once I worked out the cart, harness for the goat. Then I could concentrate on getting the proportion of the man to fit with the goat and cart. I searched the internet for goat carts, and people standing with goats to get the size right. Trying to make each part of the piece very special and have its own special sparkle is the goal in a multiple parts piece and then for them to fit all together is the biggest challenge.

I hope you enjoy the pictures of "Lightening Ridge."

Thank you "Art Dolls Only" for accepting me into your ranks!

I have been invited to join Art Dolls Only an online group of Art Doll makers from around the world. I was asked to do a bio of sorts to share. So here it is. Hope it fills the bill!
My name is Bobbi Oliver. I live on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia.
I primarily create Art Dolls using Polymer clay, mixing my mediums with wire, wood, leather. I have been making these type of dolls for about 9 years. But previously was a sculptor/potter. I also make fabric dolls.
Pictures here is "Lightening Ridge" he is a miner heading for the mine fields at Lightening Ridge where opals are mined here in Australia. He stands about 16 inches tall. The goat is a combo of claycrete, wire, mohair.
I got started in Art Doll making when I decided to give up ceramic clay work, after 30+ years as a potter I still wanted an outlet to do sculpture. I discovered polymer clays and the world of mixed media Art Dolls. I got started by doing lots of web searches, looking at books and just trying to make it happen. I discovered Hello Dollies a doll club in Newcastle at Anne's Glory Box and have been a member every since. I received lots of excellent help from the other doll makers in the club. Since I didn't have a clue how to sew fabric or use a sewing machine it has been a steep learning curve with the help of many cloth doll artists over the years.
My inspiration comes a lot from science fiction movies, I love all the characters, costumes. Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Golden Compass to name a few. I also seem to have a vivid imagination that goes into overdrive when a new idea comes to mind.
The most difficult aspect of the process for me is creating the emotion, having  the gesture say what it is supposed to say and of course the proportion has to be right in my eyes.
The doll artists that inspire me are Jodi and Richard Creager, Mark Dennis (Mad sculptor)  and many others, but these folks amaze me! The best piece of advice ever given to me was, "keep it simple". Which of course I don't do. But I continue to try.

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

 Flying High! my little Steampunk plane, started many years ago and never quite happy with it until now! Copper wire frame built and then stretched white doe skin. Wood, copper, glass, Polymer clay original sculpted Art Doll with leather jacket and fur hat. All things built by hand except the front wheels. The exhaust pipe is soldered copper as is much of the frame. Roughly 18" long, and 12" tall. Great fun project. Will be exhibited in the Maitland Regional Artist's membership show next week.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Oracle WIP

Oracle and his follower, newest creation, all original except for the wheels!
I found the wheels online and ordered them to use. They are fantastic wood
wheels that come bare wood to paint or stain as you choose. There is lots
of wood, and copper soldering on this piece. Jane made the all the handmade books in the library behind him on the cart.

another view- showing the Follower that is pulling the cart.
He is free standing and has a combination of leather and fabric in his clothing.




Satin, leather, mohair all make up the Oracle's wardrobe

The library has lots of copper embellishments with soldered corners, a mica window is
framed in copper and soldered into the frame. Just have to finish his umbrella and a few other touch ups. He will be on display for the first Dreamers Markets in Parramatta 20th of July.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Hi everyone just letting you know we will be sharing our wares at the Dreamers Markets at Parramatta, July 20th. and the
Handmade Craft Markets in Terrigal, on the Central Coast  August 31st. Hope you can come and see us!
we will be sharing lots of  new creations!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Has been awhile!

Well a lot has happened since I have posted here on my blog! Facebook became my favourite but I do realise not everyone likes Facebook. We moved to the Central Coast sold our big house and bought a smaller one. Sea change and de-clutter! We are in the process of remodelling a few areas and adding a studio! But we have been busy in our studio as well! We have been very busy in the Hunter Artist Network and participating in all the Art Bazaars and active on the committee as well. Now that we are on the central coast we will be participating in the Handmade Markets out of Gosford, and Dreamers Markets at Parramatta.  You can still reach us at our regular email

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Come Swing With ME said, the witch!

 And the Witch said,
"Come Swing with me!" hey, hey, hey,

Well she is finished, what fun she was to make.
Polymer clay sculpted head, hands and feet, fully wired body. Silks, velvets, cotton and felt make up her clothing and stand. Plus straight mohair for her hair makes up her outfit. All parts of the piece were created bar the wire ring and stand underneath all the fabrics.
The total piece stands 22 inches tall. The Witch is roughly 15 inches. I didn't measure her in too big of a hurry to finish.
She is for sale, if you are interested. But not for a few months as I would like to share her at the Doll and Bear Shows between now and Christmas. But if you would like to purchase her I will take a deposit and payments to reserve you being able to own her if you are willing for me to share her for awhile.
$350.00 plus shipping, or no shipping if you want to pick her up!

Back view, with glitter covered fabric, this in glitter that came in the fabric not that I added!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

NEW Doll in the works!

Hi everyone, I am so anxious to share this new doll I don't have a picture yet on my laptop, so you have to go to this!/BobbiOliverLamboArt link and check out the new witch I am in the middle of. She will be shown first on the 9th of September at the Hunter Valley Gardens Art Bazaar! So stay tuned for more pictures of her. But you can click the link above and see her on my Facebook page for now to give you a taste of what is to come.. Hope to see you all at Art Bazaar. If you need directions to the HVG's let me know I will give you more details. Enjoy!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Art Bazaar 9th September Hunter Valley Gardens

The painting above is acrylic, fabric, canvas sheet on canvas 8x8 inches

All of the pictures here are acrylic mixed media on either 5x7 or 8x8 inch canvas board. I love this size but am also working larger as well. I will put pictures of the larger work on soon! All of these and many more will be in our stall at the Art Bazaar being held at the Hunter Valley Gardens, wine country for the New South Wales region. The show will be on the grounds in the middle of all the nice gift shops at the entrance to the gardens. Have a look on line for a view of the gardens. Hope you all can attend and see all the beautiful work produced by the Hunter Artists Network.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Farmers Market at the Entrance

We will be at the Farmers Market tomorrow at the Entrance foreshore. We hope you can stop by our stall and see all our new wares! This is weather permitting! We are fair weather marketers.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Penrith Doll, Bear and Craft Show

What a great show we had! Fantastic venue, access, stall size was exceptional! Promoters were great! Parking for vendors and customers huge and accessible. Penrith is a must visit must must show! If you can, be sure you come next year! We will for sure be there. We had one of our best ever shows for sales. Thank you Penrith! The doll here to the right, sold on the first day! He won Best original doll at the Northern Districts Doll and Bear show last year. He will take up his new home in Bendigo, Victoria. A fantastic doll. We have enjoyed him and happy he has a new home. We sold other smaller dolls as well as many other of our creations over the 2 day show.
Next weekend we will be at the Wyong Doll and Bear Show. SO if you missed this one we can catch up next weekend with you!! Hope to see you there. I will write more tomorrow about where and times for the Wyong show. So stay tuned...Just can't seem to get out of my recliner at the moment to go get the paperwork...(:)) hope you enjoy the pictures of us and our stall this weekend.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Doll and Bear Show Penrith Panthers in Penrith

Hi there, in case you are looking for something fun to do and would like to catch up with us! We will be at the Penrith Panthers all weekend at the Doll and Bear Show being held there 30th of June and 1st of July. So come and see us and a whole bunch of other folks selling lots of wonderful dolls, bears, arts and crafts, lot of supplies and accessories for your projects!
Hope to see everyone there!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

New for Art Bazaar 10th of June Maitland

All hand painted fabrics collaged together on felt and then quilted into a wall hanging. Tyvek, silk, a bit of metal wire and a few buttons, semi precious stones, beads and a whole lot of fun! Hope you enjoy. These will be for sale at Art Bazaar on 10th of June in Maitland at the Art Gallery.

Monday, May 21, 2012

More Pixie Nix dolls

These are 3 of my most recent dolls. I am very pleased with their outcome. Polymer clay, fully wired, fabric and other mixed media things added. The dolls if standing are 11.5 inches tall excluding their hats. All available for sale contact me for prices if you are interested. We can ship all over the world and accept Pay Pal. Hope you enjoy. I will add another one here.

All eyes and skin tones are hand painted.
These two are clowns of a sort, I hand painted this fabric. The base in this one is also hand painted fabric. So much fun. I plan to use lots more of the painted fabrics this way!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sculpting class May 2012

Cam, Leanne and Doris all hard at work in the recent sculpture class. A fully packed day of learning how to create the armature and sculpt the polymer mixed media doll. Next class will be in July watch for the dates here soon!

Winter Art Bazaar Maitland

Don't miss this event everyone! Promises to be a great day at the Gallery. We have Pearl Moon coming to demo free motion work on her sewing machine. Come and see all the wonderful Art from all around the Hunter Region!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Dobell Festival of Arts and Crafts

Hi All, have been busy making dolls, check out the dolls I am entering in the Dobell Festival of Arts and Crafts held at Rathmines this weekend. These will be for sale! 4th, 5 th, and 6th of May. Opening night the 4th from730-10pm at Rathmines Community Hall. Stilling St, Rathmines.

Blog Archive

Patchwork Santa

Patchwork Santa
fabric santa stump doll, 16" tall for sale $175.00

Blue Pearl Witch

Blue Pearl Witch
16 inch cloth doll For Sale SOLD $175.00Au

The Queen

The Queen
14 inches tall, Pearls and mutiple embelishments free standing cloth doll $225.00 Au

Reaching for the Stars

Reaching for the Stars
polymer clay head wired fabric doll SOLD

Blue Skies Forever2 For Sale $380.00Au

Blue Skies Forever2 For Sale $380.00Au
Reach for you dreams!

Sybil & Frances

Sybil & Frances
the whole scene

Sybil head

Sybil head
grumpy brow beating ole lady

Sybil's feet

Sybil's feet


gentle scholarly fellow

Poppy & Penny

Poppy & Penny
original fabric dolls


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Santa #4

Santa #4
Green Santa For Sale See me on Etsy

Fairy Shoes

Fairy Shoes
Hand sewn & embellished doll shoes

Opal Miner

Opal Miner
14 inch tall Polymer mixed media Art Doll SOLD