Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Midwest City Business Built around Love of China Dolls

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Midwest City Business Built around Love of China Dolls

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Faced with two children going off to college and nothing to do, Arvilla Taylor quit her job at Tinker Air Force Base in 1980 to start her own doll business.

"My life was centered around my children, their friends and the things they did," said she. So when starting her business, "I decided to do something for myself."

Ourvilla Ceramics and Dolls, 8912 NE 10 St. in Midwest City, is owned and operated by Arvilla and Doyle Taylor. The shop, covering 2,500 square feet including a classroom and sales area, is open from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. She is distributor for most major companies of doll supplies.

"I started out with barely enough change to change a dollar and now gross about $10,000 a month in doll sales," she said. "Because of the economy, sales are down from $12,000."

As this is a joint effort between her and husband Doyle, the Taylors decided to play on her name Arvilla and call the shop "Ourvilla."

Taylor has been teaching china doll painting for seven years and ceramics for 20 years. She has more than 200 china dolls in her collection, ranging in price from $150 to $450.

Many of her students make dolls to sell, but she likes to make dolls to show her students what they can make and collect.

"I make dolls for contests and shows, but a lot of times I'm competing with my students," said Taylor, "I have won a lot of doll shows, but I get great joy seeing my students win."

China doll classes are on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 6-8 p.m. She usually has eight to 12 people in a class, attending at $2 an hour.

"People of all ages take the class but most of them are from 30-50 years old," said Taylor, "I have some people who have been with me for seven years."

Taylor teaches how to china paint, cut teeth and glass eyes. She teaches everything except making the clothes.

It takes about four weeks to make a doll. The price of the first doll is about $75, which includes the brushes, tools, and paints. …

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