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Connie Zink

Connie Zink

 

Land of Oz Dolls was founded in January, 1979 in Savanna, Illinois by Connie Zink. After having signed up for a porcelain doll class that was advertised in a local newspaper, Connie had no idea she had embarked onto a life-long journey into the art of porcelain doll-making.

Now 35 years and several thousand dolls later, world renowned artist Connie Zink, is still producing museum quality antique reproduction and modern porcelain dolls for her customers all over the world. She has exhibited her dolls at shows across the country, and in 1997, Connie was awarded the coveted “Millie” at an international competition in Oneonta, New York.

Her husband, Dennis, pours the greenware for the approximate 1,000 plus different antique reproduction and modern dolls that Land of Oz Dolls offers to its customers. Their studio in Savanna, Il along with its beautiful doll displays, also offers a vast array of soft-fired greenware, porcelain slip, brushes, wigs, eyes, shoes, socks, and doll stands for the doll-maker. Land of Oz Dolls carries their own line of china paints for antique reproduction and modern dolls. A complete selection of supplies makes Land of Oz Dolls, a one-stop doll making shop. Connie also teaches online classes and seminars on porcelain doll-making.

When Connie is not working in her studio, she is an active gardener and enjoys working in her many flower gardens at her home and studio in Savanna. Il. Connie was awarded the State of Illinois “Outstanding Master Gardener” award by the University of Illinois Extension Service in 2007. Connie also enjoys bird-watching and nature photography and is the current president of “Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge” “Friends” group. Connie conducts eight passenger golf cart and van tours of Spring Lake and Lost Mound Unit (old Savanna Army Depot) through the Stewards “Friends” group for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

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