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Balla- (The Magickal Muse)- When my Mum asked, what I wanted to do with my life over 15 years ago, at the time I was considering acting because I loved theater and was such a ham that I would have probably made a great character actor. It dawned on me though at that moment that maybe my life was meant for a different Path. It's why I told her I wanted to go to college to become an artist.
I had a love for all things pertaining to art ever since preschool. Back then one of the first things I ever drew was a slot machine which flummoxed my Mum when I described what I was drawing as to where on earth I had ever seen one at that 4 years old. Over the years, I developed a passion for working with my hands. It didn’t matter the medium, drawing, woodworking, masonry, origami, ceramics, sewing, leather working – all of it fascinated me. I think a lot of it also comes from my dad who is a cartoonist and inspired a lot of humor in our family. It also shines in a lot of the more whimsical art I've made including a larger than life Ho-Ho that can be rolled out into a full size bed.  

For the next several years I called Salem State College in Salem, MA my home earning my BA degree in 3-D Art and Sculpture. Salem continued to be my home, and while I lived there for a few more years it helped me deepen my connection with my spirituality and nature. There are many moments in my life that have shaped who I am today, that is one of them. My love for sculpting is another; creating a knack for sculpting cloth and molding it into such fantastic things as the donkey's head for Puck in a local production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" several centaur costumes for LARPs and a band called "of Montreal" and several pairs of satury leggings over the years.

Now I've been happily married for 4 years to a man I call Kestrel who is a former 1st Recon marine sniper and Romani Shaman. We live in Seaford, NY with four cats: Norman, Harold, Merlin and Jynx. Making dolls with yarn hair is a real challenge in a house with cats. I would like to think that some of that "kitty chaos energy" goes into the making of my dolls. Every morning my living room is redecorated in random strands of color despite my best efforts to hide the yarn."

Balls Customer Feed Back:

“The God and Goddess dolls that you made for me are beyond beautiful! The pictures did them no justice whatsoever. I can’t begin to describe how happy I am with them.” – Kyle from CT

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