Our toymaking journey began many years ago making toys for our own small children. We soon realised that each one of us brought a unique set of complimentary skills to the toymaking process. We both had the privilege to have grown up with parents and grandparents who had shared their handcrafting skills with each of us, we also have spent many years working within careers, industries and hobbies that, by coincidence and hindsight, seemed to have been perfect toymaking training ground.
Dave worked for decades within the metal industry and manufacturing, while tinkering with woodwork as a hobby. The two seems worlds apart, but the precision needed for metalworking has given Dave a unique set of skills for his wood work. So many people comment on how well finished and silky smooth our wooden toys are, this is credited to Dave's eye for detail.
Meanwhile I had studied visual arts and Steiner early childhood education, working in childcare for many years. In my early working life however I was a professional dollmaker for a period of time. I was introduced to porcelain dollmaking at the age of 14, by 21 I was designing and sculpting my own dolls, my work travelling the world, including being exhibited at New York Toy Fair.
In 2012 I returned to dollmaking this time creating traditional cloth dolls and Miss Molly's Dolls was born. In 2015 Dave came on board with his amazing woodwork and Miss Molly's Dolls and Toys was up and running.
This year we officially turned our passions, hobby's and combined skills into a fulltime business. We truly believe that in this fast pace, mass produced world, working and supporting the handmade movement is a more important than ever, it is in fact revolutionary!
Thank you so much for visiting our website and supporting our toymaking journey. We look forward to sharing what comes next with you all...
Mel & Dave