Sharon Powe Herman: Doll-Maker Extraordinaire

Doll-Maker Extraordinaire

Sharon Powe, the fifth of five siblings born to GernaPowe and LuciellePowe, was born and raised in Paterson NJ where she received her primary (School #6) and secondary school education (Eastside High-school). After graduation from high-school in 1996, she attended William Paterson College in Wayne, NJ where she majored in English and Speech Pathology. At the age of 19, after only three semesters of study, she dropped out of school to work full time at AT&T where she remained for the next 22 years.

At AT&T she started off as a telephone operator but subsequently became a supervisor and then a frame dame. With time she became a toll man and then advanced to private services, technician, and transmission teeter. Near the end of her service she worked as a desk technician (the highest craft available in the company).

In 1983 she left the company to remarry and in 1984 gave birth to her second child, who is presently a Police Officer in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Six months later she became a communications training officer with the local police department for the next 18 months. She was then transferred to the building department where she labored for the next 21 years. She is presently retired and has 2 children. Her first marriage was in 1965 which produced one son.

Her interest in art began at an early age in Mrs. Tarry’s art class at public school #6 where she drew a portrait of a lioness and her cubs on muslin – a drawing which later circulated around the world. Another of her early works at school #6 that went on exhibit was her pastel chalk drawing of fruits and containers. Moreover, at the age of 13, she dabbled in caricatures.

Her interest in dolls also began at an early age and she confessed that as a child she would speak to manikins in department stores regarding them as large dolls. As a child, her favorite doll was Saucy Walker made by the Ideal Toy Company which sold for $23, an enormous sum of money at the time.

Sharon’s collection of dolls has grown over the years to 70 and she keeps most of them in a huge doll house (see photo below) which has a registered address and is guarded by Alphie. She has given many of her dolls away, but her most cherished dolls still keep her company.

Sharon began making her own dolls in 1992 after attempting to repair the broken arm of a doll she had purchased because she could not find a person who could do the complete job. She then took classes in doll making at The Dolly Shop for about a year where she worked primarily with porcelain but also with ceramics. Since that time she has created six or seven beautiful dolls.

Alphie the Guardian

Each of her dolls, she says, has a name and personal history and though she has not purchased any new dolls since 2008, her collection continues to grow.
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