he Professional Doll Makers Art Guild


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PDMAG has a NEW website

​at www.professionaldollmakers.com

PDMAG Awards.

Each year our guild sponsors contests and challenges and awards winners at multiple levels in multiple categories. We promote our winners in Doll Magazines, Youtube videos, and on our Facebook groups. 

This years PDMAG Traveling doll project is being headed up by Michelle Pulaski. It will be a Steam punk theme this year and this time a Female doll with toys. This doll will be Raffled off same as last year to raise money for the Guild to promote our members. The doll and toys will be featured along with all the winners of the Gold contest in an upcoming issue of International Doll Artists Magazine.

Find PDMAG on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ProfessionalDollMakers/ This is our public FB sales group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/210356569377110/ This is our new Members only Workshop group

https://www.facebook.com/artdollguild/?fref=ts Official newsfeed on FB.

https://www.facebook.com/lindaehrenfried  Web Site Admin

https://www.facebook.com/cheriefretto?fref=ts   President Cherie Fretto. 

First Annual PDMAG Traveling Santa

There is a New Shopping feature on our NEW website

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PDMAG now has a Youtube Channel

You can view last years Gold contest winners on our Youtube channel by  clicking on the link below

The Professional Doll Makers Art Guild (PDMAG) Gold Awards is an annual competition that recognizes and encourages our members to excel in the design and creation of Art Dolls. It is the Guild’s biggest and most prestigious award based on the high-quality standards for excellence in doll making set forth by our founder Jack Johnston. Photos of all the entries are reviewed by our panel of master artist Judges, who evaluate each submission on overall emotional appeal, excellence in concept, quality of material and workmanship, head/facial anatomy, overall anatomy and overall mastery of technique. This is an opportunity for our members to showcase their talent by entering the contests

All entries will be included in the Spring edition of International Doll Artists magazine..Winners receive a gorgeous Crystal award and will be featured full page in the same Spring issue. The Guild will also produce a new video featuring all of this years entries, and announce the winners. Not a member yet. There is still time to join and enter.

Graphic by Linda Ehrenfried

As this site is now outdated and having substantial  server related issues we have built a whole new website for our members. The new site has a searchable menu. You will be able to search by Last name, Studio name, or by the type of doll they make (in the nickname search box) Our members are able to upload new photos anytime to you will be able to see their newest pieces. Also if the artist has set up an Available dolls Album or a Dolls for sale Album you will be able to purchase dolls directly from our members via email. 

PDMAG has a NEW website

​at www.professionaldollmakers.com

Professional Doll Makers Art Guild Ooak Art Dolls

The  New  Guild   Site  is finally finished

ClickHereto go see it.


photographer Maria Grover

Click the Award to go to the rules page. 

Professional Doll Makers Art Guild is a group of diverse and ever growing One of a kind (OOAK) Art Doll makers. Our group of International artists create dolls in Polymer clay, paper clay, cloth and mixed media as well as artist sculpted and cast, resin and Porcelain Ball jointed dolls ( BJD ) and Silicone Babies, Reborned by the artists themselves. No other group gathers such a wide array of doll makers in one place. Our award winning OOAK doll artists also take the time to volunteer as mentors so that new and budding artists can learn at an advanced pace to create beautiful art dolls through the PDMAG Mentor/apprentice Academy. Whether your a Master doll artist who wants to share the experiences of doll making with kindred spirits or a new artist who wants guidance into this complex market or a complete beginner who would love to learn to make hand sculpted dolls and figurative sculpture of your own, PDMAG has a place for you. 

Quinlan Doll and Teddy Show in Philly PA

We wanted to thank Terry and Susan Quinlan for welcoming our group at the 2017 show and making it such a wonderful and successful show for us. We hope to return again next year. There have not been any posting for dated for next year as of yet but we will post information about next years show as it comes to us.    http://www.quinlanmuseum.com/convention/registration.html 

Banner graphics by Debbie Weimert and Linda Ehrenfried

PDMAG IDTS awards photo 2016 (left to right)

Cherie Fretto - CEO and President

Jack Johnston - CEO Emeritus

Linda Ehrenfried - Vice President

                             Guild General Manager

PDMAG Figurative art doll book.

What's New?

June 30, 2017 - PDMAG created communication group in Facebook.  Please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/ProfessionalDollMakers/

June 6, 2017 - PDMAG has new officers that were elected at the annual meeting in Asheville, NC.  Click HERE to see our new officers.


July 30, 2017 - Challenge for members making Winter Holiday Fantasy or Character Dolls.  Entry deadline is Sept. 30 2016.  Winners will be published in the Nov/Dec issue of Dolls Magazine.  See our Facebook group for details.

January 1, 2018 - Gold Awards Contest starts.  Awards will be given at the Doll & Teddy Bear Show in Essington, Pa

Members only Facebook Group
​ https://www.facebook.com/groups/210356569377110/

May 4-6, 2017 - PDMAG will be attending the Quinlan Doll and Teddy bear Show in Essington PA Located near the Philadelphia International Airport. 

May 4 2017 - PDMAG has will be having its annual meeting in Essington, PA  Click HERE to see news from last years our new officers.

Annual PDMAG GOLD Awards 2018

Members PDMAG has a new logo and promotional banner for you to use on your website. Please, use or both in your ads, on your websites and on your auctions to show your you are a Proud PDMAG member. You can link to you PDMAG page or to the main page or both. Please check you page here on the site and make sure we are up to date with your current work, email addresses and website links. Visitors are looking for you, help us make sure they find your ooak art dolls. We make connections between ooak art doll makers and collectors. Please contact Linda Ehrenfried on Facebook. We do most of our member communications via facebook so if you not already a on facebook it is time to join. 


We have built some great partnerships with leading magazines and show promoters in the doll industry.  We have become best friends with the editors and owners of Contemporary Doll Collector Magazine, Dolls Magazine, Art Doll Quarterly, and have also linked with the owners of the Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear Museum in California who run the Doll and Teddy Bear show in Philadelphia, PA. Pretty Toys Magazine.   The ProSculpt Company and Johnston Original Artdolls 

The following have an honorary membership in the guild...Joe Jones,, Bob Keessen, Ruth Keessen, Marie Osmond, Mark Dennis, Reva Schick, Elizabeth Dye, Renata Jensen,

 Jack Johnston. Joe MacPhale and Bill Nelson. 

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Want to see what classes are available?  What shows are scheduled?  Have an event to advertise?  Special promotions involving our ooak art doll artists. News on international artist connections coming soon. Check out our calendar!

Membership is open to all worthy artists..  This organization is proud of its members and the contributions they make to help the ooak art doll-making industry. Our new Apprenticeship program is open to budding artists and those who would love to learn to sculpt. Work with our Master doll artists.

Our artists are the foundation of the guild.  One of a kind or limited artists editions are our artists specialty. Including sculpted Baby, Character, Fantasy, Primitive, Mixed Media and Ball Jointed art doll makers.   With a growing membership of over 250 we represent all sculpted doll Genre.

Helping artists achieve success in the art doll making industry is what we are all about. The guild offers Promotions, shows, Awards, Learning, and lifelong friendships.  We have a wide variety of talent and all are committed to promoting the art doll making industry. Check out the guild's history.