Marcia Dundore Wolter graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelors Degree in Fine and Applied Art in 1970 and an Art Masters in 1971. While teaching at Urbana High School for 18 years, Marcia spent any spare time she had painting in oils and watercolor. Her deepest interest was in the depiction of people and portraiture.
Marcia began sculpting her first doll in 1989, with production beginning in the Fall of 1990, after moving to Morris, Illinois. Her new dolls were given her maiden name and Dundore Dolls moved from a dream to a reality.
Marcia likes her dolls to be inspired by real people, used as inspiration to make her dolls more realistic and expressive. The porcelain dolls are large and can be used in little groupings of interacting little people as part of the decor of a room.
Marcia now has 12 original sculpts in her limited edition porcelain doll line and has completed several polymer clay one-of-a-kind dolls. She also has a line of felt "play" dolls and jointed felt art dolls with sculpted paperclay "under-faces".
Marcia is a member of the Academy of American Doll Artists and has exhibited at the National Art Doll Festival, the AADA Fall Festival and numerous shows in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Florida.
She was the featured artist in the February 2003 edition of Dollmaking magazine and was featured in chapter one of Contemporary American Doll Artists and Their Dolls by Kathryn Witt, which came out in the Spring of 2004. She was also included in the May 2005 Issue of Dolls Magazine, "Musings on Motherhood" dolls page 49 and the 2005 October issue of DollCrafter Magazine pp.40 - 43.
As you can probably tell from Marcia's website, she is slowing down on creating artist dolls. Her first love was painting, so she has returned to her oil paints. She still makes an occassional doll using cloth, polymer clay or a combination of these. She also continues to enjoy making needle felted animals.
She lives in Morris with her husband, Ralph, has three adult sons and eleven grandchildren.