Hornung was born in a small village in the south of Germany. As a
child, Renate was a happy, very dreamy little girl who spent many
hours sharing her fantasies with her much-loved cats.
In 1970 she married her
husband Martin. They have a 33-year-old son named Ingo. Renate
worked with Martin for many years as a dental technician. One day
she read an article in a magazine that opened up a new and beautiful
world for her. In 1984, Renate began making quite simple dolls and
worked very hard to improve, learning with each one.
Until recently, Renate was
best known for her children dolls full of character and expression.
The children are extremely realistic and full of life. They are
almost always certain to make one smile, many having that toothy
grin she sculpts so perfectly. In 2002 she was asked to sculpt her
first baby. At first, they were a new challenge because of the
anatomy being so different from the others. She began looking for
books and photographs of babies, studying their every detail. She is
now very pleased with her results but is convinced she can always
improve and that one never completes their training.
Renate sculpts in Cernit,
preferring it because it looks so realistic and much like human
skin. The bodies of her babies are made from fabric and are filled
with glass and synthetic granulate so their weight is like a real
baby. Her babies measure 18 to 20 inches in length with fully
sculpted arms and legs. She uses top quality hand blown crystal
glass eyes. The hair is mohair giving a soft look like a real baby.
The faces are beautiful with the smoothest finish imaginable. The
hands and feet are expertly sculpted and well proportioned. Creating
babies has brought Renate much happiness. She gives her all and
maybe even drifts back to that dreamy world full of ideas from her
childhood as she sculpts each new baby.
Renate is an extremely
talented sculptor. Her workmanship is superior. I am very pleased
and proud to carry Renate’s work.
Dolls by Renate Hornung
We hope that you
are enjoying your visit. If I can be of any help to
you, please don't hesitate to ask.