As an artist, Cindy McClure is proficient in concept illustrations varying from simple line drawings to detailed paintings. From illustrations she is a Master Sculptor, mold maker and engineer, creating everything from wildlife statues to multi-jointed dolls. Cindy works in all clay mediums as well as wax, porcelain, stone, and wood. Cindy also drafts and designs costumes for her collectible dolls. She also creates paintings in water color, acrylics or oil.
As a business woman, Cindy McClure thrives in high-pressure deadline-driven product development environments! Together with her own business of over 30 years, she has served as COO of a biotech research company for 6 years, executed logistics for large scale events such as the World Peace Music Awards, Special Olympics, and celebrity press conferences. She has made numerous television guest appearances for QVC, Value Vision, Home Shopping Network, documentaries and has made live morning show appearances on networks in nearly a dozen states.
Cindy McClure’s Doll Making Career
Cindy McClure has charmed doll collectors from all corners of the earth with her precious hand-painted wax, wax over porcelain and porcelain originals since 1982. From babies to fantasy women, her dazzling dolls with their delicate beauty and life-like realism radiate the warmth and caring personality of their creator. What began as a hobby making a few dolls for her five daughters, quickly catapulted Cindy into the global dollmaking arena, landing her smack in the middle of the winner’s circle!
As a child, Cindy was considered “very artsy,” but it wasn’t until the eighth grade that she took her first art class. During her first assignment, she kept thinking, “Wow, the teacher is going to be so impressed.” “Then I got my paper back, and it was a D-,” says Cindy, “and I said, “Forget it, this isn’t my field.”
For years, Cindy avoided dabbling in art. She opted for a major in pre-med in college. Then she and her husband started a family. After seven years into marriage and motherhood, she catapulted back into art after being pestered by another artist.
“My husband was remodeling an art studio for an artist. She was an older woman who fell in love with my husband’s work and bugged him for over a year to have me come in for free art lessons. My husband kept telling her, “There’s no way you can get my wife to do anything in the art field.”
Finally, Cindy acquiesced. “It was a shock that I still had it in me, and I did very well.” During her pregnancy with her last daughter, she was flat on her back with little to do. That’s when she decided to make dolls for her daughters. She realized she had to sell some just to cover the costs of her expensive hobby.
In 1984, Cindy says she went “competition crazy” so that she could get professionals’ constructive criticism to help her improve in technique and in painting and mixing colors. The effort paid off. In 1985, Paul and Victoria Chang spotted her at the Vallejo California Doll show in Sacramento.
“It was a bizarre situation,” says Cindy. “There were 800 to 1,000 doll artists there. One of the local TV stations came in and did a documentary on dolls—and they chose me. Mr. Chang told me later that he waited 45 minutes to speak with me and just couldn’t get close because of the mob.”
When the Changs and Cindy did get together, they struck up a professional relationship. By the fall of 1985, Victoria’s Collectibles had introduced 18 of Cindy’s designs. In 1986, Cindy received the Doll of the Year Award for “Bluebell and Elderberry,” a set from the Legend of the Fairies collection.
It was also in 1985 that she signed another contract with the Ashton Drake Galleries which after 25 years has grown to become the world’s foremost leader and producer of porcelain and vinyl collectible dolls. Cindy is the only artist who has thrived with Ashton Drake due to her versatile ability to sculpt all age groups.
Cindy’s doll making career has included work for/with Disney, Warner Brothers, Thomas Kinkade, Lina Liu, Cape Di Monte, the Hamilton Group, Bradford Exchange, Nene Thomas, Anne Stokes, Bibian Blue and others.
Not bad for an artist who once said, “This isn’t my field.”
© 2006-2017 CINDY MCCLURE All Rights Reserved