About the Artist
My name is Maissa Said. I live in Toronto, Canada. I have been sculpting since 2010 when I discovered the art of one of a kind dolls (ooak). At the time, I had stumbled upon a YouTube video which showed some tiny but very realistic babies on the palm of the artist’s hand. They literally took my breath away. I felt compelled to learn how to make one, ordered supplies and have never looked back. I am self taught, and passionate about this art form. Through much studying, practice and patience over the years, I have managed to sculpt the baby dolls that you see here.
I have a strong attraction to sculpting infants in their first moments of life because they touch my heart in powerful ways when they are that young and fragile. My aim is to create sculpts that are endearing and touching, while being striking in their realism. It takes countless hours to sculpt a doll. I get a profound sense of calm from the concentration required to sculpt that level of detail, and a feeling of joy as I see the features and personality of each baby emerge in the clay.
I create dolls of different sizes, from 3-4 inches to life size. I use professional quality polymer clay. When finished, I usually send my sculpts for reproduction into silicone, vinyl or resin.
I have been been invited into membership with the International Institute of Reborn Art (IIORA), and have been honored to have my dolls featured in Pretty Toys Magazine and Dolls Magazine. I am a Master Artist at the Professional Doll Makers Art Guild, where I also provide mentorship to beginning sculptors.
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