R. John Wright Collectibles
Since 1976, R. John Wright has created award-winning
dolls, bears, and animals taken from classic children’s literature. Some of
his creations include Winnie-the-Pooh, Raggedy Ann & Andy, Paddington Bear,
Curious George and Thomas Nast’s Santa Claus.
These handmade R John Wright collectibles have been honored with
a number of prestigious awards such as Doll of the Year (DOTY) award, the
Golden Teddy award, the Dolls Magazine Award of Excellence, The Golden
George Award and the Jumeau Trophy.
These collectible dolls and animals have been crafted in a number of
limited editions by highly skilled artisans and under the direct supervision
at the R. John Wright workshop in New York. Each design begins with the
intense desire to watch a human or animal character come to life in the warm
and tactile medium of wool, felt or plush.
Before the characters are sketched in the round to desired scale,
extensive research is completed for the original source material which lays
the groundwork for the designs. The sketches are used for reference for the
clay sculpture. Once the contours are established, the clay sculpture is
reproduced in hard modeler’s wax for detailing.
he clothing and accessories are specifically designed for each character
using the finest all-wool felt materials- some are custom-made, custom-dyed
and specially treated to be mothproof and colorfast. The hand cobbled
leather shoes are made from top grade calfskin made to precise thickness.
The mohair for the wigs are also custom-dyed.
In 2004, R. John Wright- The Art of Toys was published by Reverie
Publishing noting it being the first fully-authorized comprehensive book on
the work of R. John Wright.