She's a doll (maker)


Some people who walk into Bernice Pyette's living room find a pair of eyes they can't resist. That's not hard to believe - they're everywhere, and she paints them herself. The local matriarch of porcelain dolls has spent 40 years learning how to put the spark in those eyes, and the blush on the cheeks.

"I have a tendency to give a doll away to someone who comes in and falls in love with it," she says.

Pyette's home doubles as a workshop and classroom. Around her are dozens of dolls, standing on stools and propped up in chairs, gazing into the room with their meticulously painted eyes. The d...

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