I grew up in Amsterdam, NY but have
spent most of my adult life in Boxborough, Massachusetts, USA,
which is near Boston. I was trained to be a painter in art
school but have always been most comfortable working in three
dimensions. Once I was introduced to making dolls from polymer
clay, it became my creative outlet and my avenue into the doll
I have been an artist, teacher,
weaver, wife and gardener. Now I can add doll designer,
sculptor, costumer, wig maker and more. Everything is a process
that never really ends. Thatís why every time I bid farewell to
one of my creations, I start another different, new, surprising
adventure toward another doll.
My work can frequently be seen in
DOLLS Magazine and Contemporary Doll Collector. I had a feature
article in Antiques & Collecting Magazine, March 2001, "Flo
Hanoverís Angelic Children" and in DOLLS Magazine, November 2003,
My doll "Katherine" graced the
cover of Doll Castle News, March & April issue,
2005 which also
contained the article "How My Beauties Come to Life". Several of my dolls were featured
in the book Christmas Dolls by Joan Muyskens Pursley, published by Reverie Publishing Company, 2005.
I was a winner
of the DOLLS Award of Excellence in both 2003 and 2007.
In 2009, Contemporary Doll
Collector magazine featured the article "Flo Hanover
Creative Dollmaker" by Judy Izen which included a picture essay
and explanation of my doll making process, as well as a gallery
of my dolls.
At ODACA Day in 2009, I was juried
and inducted into the Original Doll
Artist Council of America. ODACA is an organization of
artists who create original dolls without the use of commercial
molds or patterns. ODACA stands for high quality of doll art,
and members must demonstrate a high level of proficiency in
I sculpt each original doll from
polymer clay by hand. Each costume is created for a specific
doll using new materials and often made special by the addition
of an antique or vintage element. The wigs are made of the
finest mohair and styled to suit the character of each doll.