Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Santa Fe pair's dolls are artworks, not toys.(Final)

Byline: Tracy Dingmann Journal Staff Writer

By traditional standards, the resin figurines made by Shelley Tincher-Buonaiuto are not dolls. They don't wear clothes, they aren't soft and cuddly and they don't have moving parts.

But that doesn't stop people from playing with them and that's fine with Tincher-Buonaiuto.

The Santa Fe artist and her husband, Michael Buonaiuto, both sculptors, started making the figurines in 1996 as fun, inexpensive alternatives to sculptures. The cast figurines sell for about $135, while their handmade, one-of-a-kind ones start at $400.

"In my opinion, a doll is something that is initially designed to be played with and interacted with," said Tincher-

Buonaiuto. …

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