GDS Appointed Judges

GILLIAN RICHARDS
Gillian has been making dolls and teaching doll making for 30 years. She studied initially in the U.S.A. and has been a member of the GDS for 29 years. She teaches all aspects of doll making from reproduction antique and modern dolls to original doll making, sculpting and mould making. She also teaches all types of costuming and is a GDS 3 Star teacher.
She has won many international awards including the prestigious Chateau de la Poupee trophy in 1996 and became a GDS Platinum Doll Maker in 1999. She has been a leading figure in the GDS for over 20 years and is the Head Judge and Competition Director, Teacher Coordinator and Central committee member as well as an event organiser
BRIGITTE RITSCH
Brigitte began doll making as a hobby in 1985 and in 1988 she made her favourite pastime her profession. She teaches the art of doll making in her studio with courses for beginners and special project courses.
Brigitte speciality is the reproduction of antique porcelain dolls. She also writes articles and Project instructions for magazines.
Brigitte has won many International awards and is a GDS Diamond doll maker and Coleman Trophy winner.
3 star teacher since 2010
BERNI STENEK
Berni began making clay sculptures and contemporary doll art in the early nineties.  She took Part in an International competition and received an award and that was the beginning of her career. She now only creates china dolls, giving them a natural expression and human proportions. She is now making figure object art.
Berni gives presentations and exhibits her dolls and objects around the world.
She has won many International awards including the Max Oscar Arnold award on many occasions and is a GDS Diamond doll maker and winner of the Matthias Wanke Cup.
CHRISTINE ANN FARROW
Christine became interested in dolls in 1991. Since then doll making has been a very worthwhile past time allowing her to stretch her artistic and dressmaking skills.
Over the years she has entered dolls into competition at International level and has won many top awards with Aral, Doll Artisan Guild and the GDS and became a Diamond doll maker in 2005. 
ROSEMARIE KUNZ
 Rosemarie studied at the Art School in Bern and is the co-owner founder of Intrex creaktiv AG. In 1978 she changed her career from being a Fashion House art director to designing and manufacturing porcelain dolls. She annually holds seminars in Aigues-Mortes (Camargue). Rosemarie became a GDS 3 Star teacher in 2010 and founded the Swiss Doll Fans Chapter. Together with Chapter members they actively attend International Conventions.
Rosemarie is a Doll Artisan Guild Instructor and DAG Master of Doll Making Educator and has been awarded the “DAG Triple Crown”
VALBORG HETLAND
 I began as an instructor in china painting in 1974, Norwegian decoration, Meissner technique, American Square shading and portrait painting on china. I also attended Handcraft School to master the arts of dressmaking, costuming and heirloom sewing. I began doll making in 1984.
I competed in the G.D.S from 1987 until 1994. In 1992 I became a 3 star teacher and a “board member” for the G.D.S. representing Norway.  I have been a G.D.S judge since 1995.
I am also a member of D.A.G. and a Master and  Grand Master of doll making. I judged for D.A.G. in 1992-93.
MONIKA SCHOEN
Monika attended her first doll making seminar with Astry Campbell at Wanke in 1986 and became at member of the GDS at the same time. More seminars with Brigitte Duval and Jane Davis followed completing her experience in artist doll making.
Monika has won seven Gold’s and several Silver and Bronze Prizes and in 2002 was appointed a Judge for the GDS.
JOYCE CLEMENTS

I have always been interested in many kinds of crafts, but after seeing an advert for reproduction doll making classes in 1987, I went along and instantly loved everything about my new hobby. i learnt so much from books on antique dolls and enjoyed visiting museums and doll fairs to see the originals, and made so many friends over the years through dolls.        In 1993 I joined the G.D.S and started entering both Regional and International competitions, eventually gaining my Classic Diamond Award in 2006, Modern and Platinum awards in 2009, also winning the Coleman Trophy in 2006 and Matthias Wanke Trophy in 2016. In 2010 I was invited to be a judge for the G.D.S and very much enjoy attending Conventions.

KIM LITTLECHILD
Always interested in various forms of arts and crafts, especially needlecraft Kim began doll making at evening classes in the 1980’s and joined the GDS in 1992.
Kim was introduced to the GEM system in 1997, and began competing at both Regional and International events.
She gained her Classic Diamond Award in 2007 and her Modern Diamond award in 2011 and became a Platinum doll maker in 2012. She was awarded the Matthias Wanke Cup in 2009 and was appointed a judge in 2012
UTE LUTZ
As a child she played with two Armand Marseille dolls and so began her interest in antique dolls. In 1986 there was a Doll Fair in Salzburg and there I met Carol Stanton with her Reproduction Dolls. This meeting was the beginning of my doll making life. In the following years I took part in a number of doll making courses as well as sewing, hat making, wig making for Antique Reproduction dolls. At the end of the 90’s I met Brigitte Ritsch who became a wonderful doll friend! She encouraged me to take some dolls to a GDS International Doll Festival in Hanau ,Germany. Winning a number of Gold medals, my competition  career began. I was awarded the Classic Diamond Award in 2013 and the Modern Diamond Award in 2018. I enjoy meeting with my doll friends and visiting wonderful places.