Friday, May 29, 2020

Black Artists, Designers, and Makers of Black Dolls

Dolls by African American artists/manufacturer: Lorna Miller Sands, Lorna Paris, Gloria Young Rone, Floyd Bell, Goldie Wilson, Shindana Toys

This is not an all-inclusive list of current and past Black artists, designers, and makers of black dolls, so if you know of other Black artists who make black dolls, please leave their names or company names in a comment.  The names are in alpha order. Additional names provided by Karen Oyekanmi have been added with the doll artist's email address only.



Medium: Vinyl

Angel Hugs 4 All (Angela Huggins)
Medium: Cloth

Beautiful Blessings
Medium: Vinyl (full-figured 12-inch fashion dolls)

Beed, Dr. Linda - author, children’s minister and dollmaker -

Bell, Floyd
Media: Wood, resin

Bell, Makeda, MakeDaArt

Beloved Reborns (Tiarra Shante Venter)
Media: Vinyl and silicone reborns and reroots

Biankha and Friends Dolls (Based in the UK)
Medium: Vinyl (13.4-inch fashion doll)

Black, Lillian -

Bloodworth, Marilyn
Media: Cloth, Liquache

Bourgeois, Anna -

Bradley, Vickie -

Brains and Beauty Dolls
Media: Vinyl and cloth 18-inch talking dolls for children

Brooklyn Dollworks (Valerie Gladstone)
Media: Mixed media art dolls

Bryant, Shawn and Simpson, Phyllis

Buckley, Cheryl -
Carr, Daisy
Medium: Cloth art dolls

Coleman-Cobb, Patricia
Media: Cloth and resin art dolls

Colette, Vivian
Medium: Cloth art dolls

Creations by Ba'ucham (Ra’chel Ba’ucham)           
Media: Yarn (crochet), porcelain, cloth  

Cuddle Me Soft (Fay O’Neal)
Media: Vinyl and silicone reborns

Dean, Tiffani
Medium: Cloth art dolls

Deborah Grayson Studios
Media: Mixed media art dolls

Dolls by MonTQ (Tanya Montegut)
Medium: Cloth art dolls

Dolls Just 4 U (Scharynne Holmes)
Medium: Cloth

Ekkens, Pamela

Ellis, Mabel -

Expressions of Color (Jean Henderson)
Media: Mixed media art dolls

Medium: Natural Fiber Art Dolls with a Whimsical Flair

Fomby, Tosh
Medium: Cloth art dolls

Fort, Patricia -
Fresh Dolls and Positively Perfect Dolls
Media: Vinyl and vinyl and cloth

Fusion Dolls
Medium: Vinyl

Gant, VonZetta -

Godfrey, Sahara -
Green, Marie
Media: Cloth dolls, jewelry, and clothing
Handmade Dolls by Twissi
Medium: Cloth art dolls

Harris, Patricia -

Harris, Sherelle -

Healthy Roots Dolls
Medium: Vinyl 18-inch doll with natural hair

Herstory Dolls (Canada)
Medium: Vinyl (articulated 17-inch dolls)

Hillian, Vanessa -

Holoford, Lillian -

Hubbard, Pamela
Medium: Cloth art dolls

IamU Dolls (Stacey McBride-Irby)
Medium: Mass-produced 12-inch vinyl fashion dolls

Ikuzi Dolls
Media: Vinyl, cloth (18-inch dolls)

Imagination Dolls (Debbie Hilson)
Media: Mixed media art dolls

Iwyatt Imagist (Wyatt Hicks)
Medium: Polymer clay

January, Kor
Medium: Wood

Joffee Diva Dolls (Joy Griffis)
Media: Polymer clay and cloth

Kappia, Rita (lives in England)
Medium: Cloth art dolls

Kissing Kousins Dolls (Karen Oyekanmi)
Media: Felt, porcelain

LaGras, Stacy -

Lee, Gail and Tate, Candace

Lively Folks by Tracy Perry 
Medium: Cloth
Instagram: SeamsLikeTracy
Email: Contact the artist through the Etsy shop contact link

Malaville Toys (South Africa)
Medium: Vinyl (fashion dolls)

Massa's Servants Collectibles (Gloria Y. Rone)
Media: Polymer clay, cloth

MayOla’s Kidz -

McMurray, Crystal
Media: Nylon

Medium: Polymer clay

Medium: Vinyl (17-inch boy doll)

Montsh, Abenaa Rukiya
Media: Polymer clay

M'simbi Dolls (Zambia, Africa)
Medium: Vinyl (18-inch dolls)

Neal, Mary -

Neal, Mary K. -

Original Dolls by Goldie Wilson
Media: One-of-a-kind porcelain and cloth

Osborne, Anita -

Paddlefoot Dolls (Debra Pounds)
Medium: Cloth

Paris, Lorna
Media: Leather, cloth

Pretty Brown Girl
Media: Vinyl, cloth

Reed, Gwendolyn -

Rogers, Cheryl -

Ruiter, Bing - Frekels Doll Company-

Sands, Lorna Miller
Media: Silicone lifelike dolls

Sankofa Doll Artistry                                                    
Media: Mixed textiles

Sharon Pittman Art Dolls
Medium: Polymer clay

Sharon E. Tucker Original Designs
Media: Mixed media art dolls and clothes

Sibahle Collection (South Africa)
Medium: Vinyl

Small, Sylvia
Medium: Cloth

Sonadolls (Frantz Brent-Harris)
Media: Resin, silicone

Stacelina Monique Dolls and Miniature Accessories
Medium: Customized Barbie/fashion doll repaints, miniature accessories for playscale dolls

Starkey’s Daughter Cloth Dolls (Rachel McCullough Sherrod)
Media: Felt, cloth

Studio XOXO (Cleveland Wycoff aka Cj Starz)
Medium: Resin (16.75 and 12-inch fashion BJDs)
Website: https//

Sumner, Stephen
Doll Artist/Designer formerly designed for Hasbro and Mattel

Swann, Alice
Medium: Wood, clay, cloth

Thimble & Doll (London, England)
Medium: Cloth

Trinity Designs, Inc.
Media: Vinyl (16-inch sorority-inspired dolls)

Urbidolls (France)
Medium: Vinyl

Williams, Trish
Media: Mixed textiles (art dolls)

Wilson, Goldie (see Original Dolls by Goldie Wilson above)

Wilson, LaVera -

Witherspoon, Dr. LaVerne -

World Girls
Medium: Vinyl

Young, Angela
Media: Cloth and reborns


Berta Bell Dolls (I. Roberta Bell)

Big Beautiful Dolls, Inc. (Audrey Bell-Kearney and Georgette Taylor)

Candi and Candi Girls (Helena Hamilton)

Double Dutch Dolls by K. Charles

Grandy, Gloria (soft-sculptured artist of OOAK dolls)

Here Comes Niya and NiyaKids (Darla Davenport-Powell)

Lars, Byron (designed the Byron Lars Barbies for Mattel)

Lomel Enterprises (Baby Whitney)

McBurrows, Annuel (sculpted the Brown Eye Doll series for Remco)

Moss, Leo (late-1800s to early 1900s doll maker)

Olmec Toys (Yla Eason was the founder).

Perkins, Kitty Black (former fashion-doll designer for Mattel)

Again, if you are a Black (African or of African-descent) doll maker or know someone who is, please add the artist's name or the company's name and contact information in a comment to this post. Thank you in advance!


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Linda said...

Hi Debbie, thank you for sharing this link list. I look forward to learning more about these doll makers.

Unknown said...

LaVerne Hall
Holiday Festival of Black Dolls
Bellevue Washington

Frankie said... Just saw this one

Black Doll Enthusiast said...

You're welcome, Linda!


Black Doll Enthusiast said...

I have added you to the list, LaVerne! Sorry for overlooking you.


Black Doll Enthusiast said...

Thank you, Frankie! Healthy Roots and a host of other companies and artists have been added to the list. I'll keep updating as necessary.


Anonymous said...

Hello! I just learned of a company called StudioXOXO dolls that is Black owned and consists of all Black dolls. there's 1/4th scale resin BJDs and 1/6th scale vinyl dolls. They're all stunning!

Black Doll Enthusiast said...

Thank you!


Anonymous said...

Hi! Just found this AWESOME custom doll shop on etsy-- look how cute the creations are! anyways, it's Black-owned and thought you might be interested in it. I'm gonna order a mini-me ASAP!

Black Doll Enthusiast said...

Thank you for sharing the link to FableDollHouse's Etsy shop. I have added the shop to the body of this post.