Dustin Poche

Dustin Poche is one of my favorite art doll makers. He works predominantly with paper clay and vintage textiles (which add an air of authenticity and depth to his creations).


Poche’s first venture into the figure and sculpting world began with the restoration of 1920’s era boudoir dolls. He states: “I learned a lot while working with the antique dolls, but there was something missing in the end result. I imagined characters with more expressive faces, emotions, and gestures. To bring these characters to light, I realized I had to begin sculpting them.”

I love his work with “mature” subjects. One almost gets the sense that they have aged naturally, though they always keep up a veneer of glamor.


Dustin Poche


7 Responses to “Dustin Poche”

  1. bettiemuldoon Says:

    Ah, it is wonderful to be reminded of Poche. I have seen his work often, and am surprised it did not involve sharing with you! His caricatures are fun, but his elder dames are so intriguing they draw me in like Maggie Smith and Judi Dench (they must be British!)

  2. What personality these figures have – and the attention to detail is amazing! I also love the potted biographies that Poche supplies. No wonder the sculptures seems so alive; he obviously has a very clear idea of each character as he works on him or her! Just beautiful. -Nx

  3. This is exquisite doll work. The first doll pic or what is really a bust called ” Old Bat” looks like Shirley Maclaine to me, and I would bet my bones he got his inspiration from her character Martha on Downton Abbey, which consequently rivals with Maggie Smith’s dowager character, even calling her an “old bat” behind her back. I know he likes Charles Dickens, so I’m stumped why he hadn’t made a Scrooge and Marley’s ghost doll yet. I love the three spirit ghosts he did on the bottom pic.

    RIP Robin Williams

    • shewalkssoftly Says:

      Marley’s ghost would be awesome. I’ve seen doll versions, but would like to see Poche’s interpretation.

      • I’m always on the lookout for an awesome Marley ghost figurine or doll. Etsy fails me. If you see a special one, or preferably a Poche, please show me, Dana.

  4. […] I am not the only lover of dolls among the creepsters. She Walks Softly does a nice profile on Dustin Poche. […]

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