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She signed up for a class in 1978. Thirty five years later, Connie Zink of Savanna continues to make beautiful, antique reproduction dolls.

Connie makes the porcelain dolls from a studio in her home. The originals were made in the late 1800's to early 1900's in France and Germany.

Working from a mold, Connie's husband Dennis pours the greenware. The process also requires cleaning and firing a kiln. She paints the dolls and is determined to make each one look as much like the original as possible.

Connie has about one hundred antique reproductions. Each doll, she says, has its own personality. There are Bleuettes, dolls in sailor costumes, and many more.

In 1997, she received an international award for making an antique reproduction doll. In the doll making world, the award is similar to an Oscar.

It takes Connie about two weeks to make a doll. She sells many in the United States and overseas.

Connie Zink loves the challenge of trying to re-create something that she finds so beautiful. She does a few doll shows every year and also holds several doll retreats.