9/2/2002 - Orice Klaas

Fifth in the Sherman County Artist-Artisan Series at the Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro during September is Orice Klaas, a local cloth doll artist. Many of her dolls are original, emerging directly from her own lively and colorful imagination, and some from patterns produced by other artists.

Klaas' unique doll-making style involves sewing and crafting skills, painting, needle-felting, beading and clay sculpting. Each doll's face is made from cloth or polymer clay that is baked in the oven. Facial features are applied by pens, pencils, brushes, and acrylic paints. Yarn, mohair and variety trims are used for hair. Each costume is embellished with hand-made, found or purchased objects.

Ms. Klaas shares her joy in cloth dollmaking by teaching classes and selling her dolls and patterns. Her work and class schedule are available at Lisa's in Stitches in downtown Moro.