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Bennington, VT, 05201
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A behind-the-scenes look at the R. John Wright Dolls Design Studio in Bennington, Vermont. Written by R. John Wright, hear in his own words how the creative design process unfolds and how the world-renowned RJW dolls and animal characters are readied for production. 

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A behind-the-scenes look at the R. John Wright Dolls Design Studio in Bennington, Vermont. Written by R. John Wright, hear in his own words how the creative design process unfolds and how the world-renowned RJW dolls and animal characters are readied for production. 

R. John Wright Collector Spotlight with Dave Benn

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Do you remember your first R. John Wright piece?

The first RJW pieces I had were the Mad Hatter and the March Hare.

What is your favorite thing about collecting?

The thing I guess I like most about collecting is that I get to appreciate them every day and every time I bought a piece it felt like an achievement.

We love that you are drawn to animals. What is it about Peter Rabbit that you love most?

I suppose being English and living in England my affinity with Beatrix Potter is close to the heart matter after visiting the Lake District and her house and the history of Beatrix Potter my love for RJW's Beatrix Potter collection is why I hold them most dear. I love all the animals in the collection.  

Is there something that R. John Wright hasn’t created that would be a dream creation for you?

I would love RJW to produce a Jeremy Fisher but then again I wouldn't as my finances wouldn't permit it lol. 

Snapshots from the amazing RJW collection of Dave Benn.

Snapshots from the amazing RJW collection of Dave Benn.

If ou could ask R. John Wright a question, what would it be?

If ever I met R John Wright I would like to know where his creativeness stemmed from and where he gets his eye for detail from.

FROM R. John Wright: Hi David, thanks for your interest and I loved seeing your RJW collection! The way you have them displayed shows how much you tune into them.
To answer your first question: I think my creativity is a combination of 'nature & nurture.' Even from a very early age I was creative and artistically-inclined. So I think I was gifted in that regard. But the environment I grew up in encouraged that creativity and I think that may actually have been more important than simply having talent. I attended 12 years of Catholic schooling and each school day began with Mass. The church itself was more like a cathedral. It was filled with original art and sculpture I can't help but feel that it had a big impact on me. As a boy I was what they calla 'noticer' — very inquisitive and observant of everything! 

Also, what inspires him and makes him as happy as his pieces make me feel.

From R. John Wright: As you'd expect I find inspiration in a lot of things. I've always loved antique dolls and toys and I am endlessly fascinated with them. Are you familiar with fellow Britain Arthur Rackham? I am fortunate to have a small collection of his marvelous watercolor illustrations and of course, they bring happiness each time I pass by them. It's wonderful to hear that our work brings that kind of joy to others. And when Christmas rolls around we imagine secret gifts of our dolls and animals under many Christmas trees just waiting to be opened!

Also, what are among his favourite pieces that he has produced so far. 

From R. John Wright: The Beatrix Potter pieces are definitely among our favorites of the animal characters we have produced. By the way, we also had the good fortune to visit the Lake District and Beatrix Potter's Hilltop farmhouse. I'm happy to tell you that we will be making more Beatrix Potter characters later this year and among them will be 'Jeremy Fisher.'
Of the dolls which we have made, one of my favorites is the Geppetto and Pinoccho editions made under license with Disney. The more recent Wizard of Oz characters also are favorites with both myself and Susan.
Thanks for sharing your collection with us.
With warm regards,
R. John Wright