Jan McLean is a dollmaker from Dunedin in New Zealand. McLeans first dolls, "Chloe" and "Phoebe" were created in 1987. In 1991, she exhibited at the American International Toy Fair in New York City, where her doll "Pansy" won a Dolls Award for Excellence. Many of McLeans dolls are made of porcelain, but she has also produced smaller versions of the porcelain originals since 2003 in vinyl polymer, known as "Lollipop Girls".

History

Jan comes from an artistic background. Her grandmother was a sculptress and her mother a portrait artist. As a child she was given dolls her grandmother had made in the 1950s. They had wonderful faces made of fine papier-machine modelled from children, very like the dolls made in Europe in the 1940s. She never forgot the dolls and while researching her family history decided to make a doll for her only daughter to be passed down through generations. Jan studied dollmaking in 1983 and initially made reproduction dolls, learning her craft as she taught others.

In 1985, German doll artist Hildegard Gunzel visited New Zealand. Her dolls were the most exciting creations Jan had ever seen and inspired her to try sculpting her own. Her first dolls, Chloe and Phoebe were "born" in 1987 and were followed by Poppy and Pansy.

It was not until 1991, that Jan's talents were discovered, when she exhibited her dolls for the first time at the great New York Toy Fair. She became an overnight success winning her first DOLLS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE for Pansy.

Today, her dolls are widely sought after and receive many international awards placing her among the top doll makers in the world. Jan's limited edition porcelain beauties continue to bewitch and entrance the most discerning art and doll collectors worldwide. Each has her own cheeky or alluring expression, precocious or demure and innocent, an attitude that exudes personality.

Updated: 22 February 2021

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