Southern California doll artist, Randi Taylor, has been making and designing dolls since the age of 2. Anything and everything that could be made into a doll or critter was. Her obsession with mystical deities came about the age of 3 when fascinated by a neighbor's tiny loveable elf sitting on her coffee table. At that point, a doll artist was created and trying to re-create that mystical little elf was a goal.
In 1975, she started a wholesale business designing and making cloth and porcelain dolls. In 1976, she discovered polymer clay and her first attempt to re-create the loveable little elf started. With some encouragement from a friend, she entered her Christmas elves in the Orange County Fair and not only won a first place blue ribbon, but also won the whole Christmas division as well. That success led her into the world of miniatures and "Wee Forest Folk" was born.
In the early '90's, she started sculpting larger elves and entered a worldwide contest by Family Circle Magazine for Christmas ornaments. She was one of the 1st place winners and received a savings bond as well as her ornament was displayed on one of the Trees of Christmas at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art History.
Randi Taylor is a member of ODACA, Academy of American Doll Artists (AADA, NAME, O.C. Polymer Clay Guild and the National Polymer Clay Guild. She has been featured in the magazines: Nutshell News, Catalog of Miniatures, Contemporary Doll Collector , Dolls; and the books: Creative Ways With Polymer Clay by Dotty McMillan, and Fantastic Figures by Susanna Oroyan.