"Marlaine Verhelst Bio:
My dolls are based on the human anatomy but starting from that point I try to create my own fantasy world: 'Marlaine Verhelst is the creator of a range of fantastic storybook marionettes. She is inspired by the freedom of creating fairy-tales figures which develop in any direction from which her imagination beckons her to follow. Marlaine works in the classic way when forming her heads with slip. The head is made in two parts and hollowed out from the neck and then fired at 12600C. She works without molds, first creating clay models. Inevitably, she says, just as her manipulation of the clay fascinates her into a 'ghost'-like trance, the telephone always rings. One can discover a riot of animal imagery in Marlaine's marionettes, from delicately webbed hands and elaborate headpieces to more elementary Mickey-Mouse-type ears. She has described her working methods in extensively illustrated books published in German and Dutch. 'Ursula and Brigitte Driskell, 'Going Dutch' In: Doll Reader, Oct. 1992, p. 172-179. 'The Dutch had a strong continent of artists highlighted most prominently by the supremely gifted Hennie Koffrie and Marlaine Verhelst. While some may refer to their work as avant-garde, there is no doubting their genius. Their presentations were incredible'
Peter Coe, 'Doll Art Frankfurt-Germany, May 22-23, 1993', In: Contemporary Doll Magazine, Oct. 1993,