Award-winning doll artist Sandra Maxwell started making her dolls professionally in the early 2000s. While she’s created dolls in polymer clay, porcelain, and other mediums, she’s probably best-known for her Punkin line of 7-inch resin ball-jointed dolls (BJDs). In 2020, she was an Industry’s Choice winner in the Dolls Awards of Excellence for her Punkin Pie entry.
“Punkin was released to be a ‘play doll’ for adults,” Maxell said. “Each represents a season, with wardrobe patterns available for purchase on my website.”
Punkin Pie and Punkin Cookie will soon be joined by Maxwell’s newest entry to the line, Punkin Muffin. “She’s a true toddler and mad about everything. As with my two other Punkin editions, there will be three options available: Blank, Basic, and the goodie-packed Artist version. There will be one more Punkin coming next year — the winter doll, Punkin Latte.
“Also currently in the works is a larger ‘sister’ for the Punkins. I am hoping to get her released this year. She will be around 10 inches.” Maxwell added that she also plans to sculpt a teen doll and possibly some animal friends in the future.”
Attendees at this year’s Austin BJD Convention in August will be able to see Maxwell’s dolls in person, though the artist said she had to cancel her plans to attend due to a conflict. “My dolls and I will be showing at the Modern Doll Collectors Convention (MDCC) in September,” she said.
Family is very important to Maxwell. “Most of my spare time is spent with my husband, two daughters, and my animals. We enjoy time spent outdoors.
“I plan to do one or two live conventions a year plus one or two ‘virtual shows’ that I host online. I run specials on my dolls, sell clothing, and offer free demos and/or patterns. I hosted one last summer and my collectors loved it, so I plan to continue offering at least one to stay in touch with my fans and collectors.”