One of the best things about collecting is making your collection your own. How people like to collect is up to them and taking a peek inside a collection of a passionate person is one of our favorite things. Recently, we had the chance to meet Michael Maskery. He is passionate about the Wizard of Oz and his vast collection and ways of displaying it are just as whimsical and fun as the movie. Meet our RJW Collector of the month, Michael Maskery!
RJW Editor: Where did you first learn about R. John Wright and what was your first piece? Do you remember what it was like opening that first box?
MM: If memory serves me correctly I think in first discovered the R.J. Wright Oz dolls in 2014 during the 75th anniversary year! I was familiar with R.J. Wright having been a doll collector for years and previously working for companies like FAO Schwarz and The Franklin Mint. I always dabbled in the "doll world". I became a R.J. Wright collector when I was doing some research on the 75th Anniversary collectibles and saw the amazing Dorothy Doll! She was my first R.J. Wright acquisition and I couldn't wait to get her!!!! When I opened the box it was like Dorothy opening the door from the sepia toned Kansas to the colorful world of Oz! Magical!!!!
RJW Editor: What character from the Wizard of Oz do you identify with the most?
MM: That's a really tough question!! I think at certain times I identify with certain characters! I think like the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion we all have a brain, heart and courage, sometimes we just need a little reminder that we possess all of those qualities! And Dorothy too, we all want a home and family that loves us. If your fortunate to have those things then what else do you need?!?!.... I think if I had to pick just one I'd have to say the Tin Man. "Remember my sentimental friend.. That a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others."
RJW Editor: If you could ask R. John Wright a question, what would it be?
Michael Maskery: I think I would ask Mr. Wright what inspires him day in and day out to keep creating and how does he go about beginning the creative process?
R. John Wright: "Being naturally creative, what I do has become so much a part of me that it is hard to imagine not doing it! And I know Susan feels the same way. We have projects on the 'back burner' for years - sometimes decades! - before we move them front and center. Among these are such things as the Wind in the Willows, Peter Pan, Hans Christian Andersen, etc. The list is endless as we are always finding new things that inspire us. I suppose the creative process begins when we put a project on our list because it is then that we begin to envision it as made by us. Once we set a project in motion it compels us to reach our goal of having it turn out as close as we can to that vision. A friend told me years ago that I was the most 'goal-oriented' person she had ever known and I think I know what she meant! Susan and I are our own worst critics so it sometimes takes longer than we would like to realize our ambitions."
Michael's wish to R. John Wright:
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