Nielsen - Sculptor - Portland, OR, USA

Marlena Nielsen

Portland, OR, USA




1) Classic figurative sculptor, mold maker, doll designer.
2) Bronze, porcelain, polymer, raku, plaster, resins.
3) Relief, in the round, portrait, full figure.
4) Instructor of classic figure sculpting and mold making.

Work History

Board of Directors Committee Chair: Membership Committee

Pacific Northwest Sculptors

Manage all facets of the membership including:
1) Database.
2) Membership Website.
3) Membership email.
4) Annual directory publication.
5) Membership committee volunteers.
6) Manage guest mailing list.

Vice President

Pacific Northwest Sculptors

As Vice President:
1) Fill-in for President in situation that she was unavailable.
2) Attend board meetings.
3) Assist President in special projects.
4) Provide support for the Board of Directors.
5) Maintain role in Board Committees as described above.

Committee Member

Lake Oswego Festival Of The Arts

As a representative of Pacific Northwest Sculptors I participated in the planning and execution of the Special Exhibit of the Lake Oswego Festival Of The Arts. Lake Oswego Festival Of The Arts invited Pacific Northwest Sculptors to be their primary artist resource for their Special Exhibit in 2011.

Special Exhibit Docent Coordinator

Lake Oswego Festival Of The Arts

As the 2011 Special Exhibit Docent Coordinator I was responsible for the following:
1) Soliciting volunteers for the event.
2) Developing a schedule for volunteers utilizing internet event software.
3) Developing and scheduling docent orientation materials and meetings.
4) Conducting docent orientation and volunteer scheduling tasks.
4) Worked with the Festival committee in area's that affected the docent responsibilities.
5) Designed and published the docents handbook of artists and their works.

As a 2012 Special Exhibits Sales Volunteer I was responsible for the following:
1) Working with other Sales Volunteers to maintain educational and artist materials.
2) Answer questions and direct visitors to appropriate people or locations.
3) Conduct the sale of exhibit artwork and document all sales information.

Board of Directors Committee Chair: Calls for Artists

Pacific Northwest Sculptors

Calls for Artists including:
1) Manage volunteers.
2) Develop resources for gathering calls for artists.
3) Develop and implement a process for regular updates of calls.
4) Distribute calls through email and website postings.
5) Maintain relationships with community leaders charged with posting calls for artists.

Contract Sculptor

The Danbury Mint

As a contract sculptor for The Danbury Mint my primary role was to sculpt concepts and designs that were predetermined by The Danbury Mint. In addition to the sculpting of these designs I further made the preliminary molds and prototype dolls of each design I had sculpted. Occasionally also creating costumes and preliminary pattern designs as dictated by the Mint.

Founder & Sole Proprietor

Real People Dolls

As Entrepreneur, I built the mold manufacturing business, Real People Dolls from the ground up. Our product line primarily consisted of plaster molds for the reproduction porcelain doll industry. The molds were products from my original sculptures and designs of porcelain dolls. This business extended internationally through direct sales as well as distribution through international distributors. The supportive products for porcelain doll making were also designed by myself or were designed under my supervision under the brand name of Real People Dolls. These products included;
1) Technical painting, assembly and production instructions.
2) Costume patterns.
3) Wig making instructions.
I worked closely with other manufacturers and vendors in the porcelain doll industry, building partnerships to support the viability and integrity of the industry. As this business grew I found it necessary to contract out portions of the graphics work, demonstration models, mold production & distribution as well as trade show participation. All facets of the business administration were conducted by myself with input from appropriate personal supporters and industry professionals.


Bessie Coleman

Half-life bust of the first Black-Native American female aviator in the US. Bessie was not allowed to train and license in the US in the 1930's. She refused to allow the prejudices of the day to stop her from her dream and found her way to France where she not only achieved her goal but came back the the states with the dream of one day opening a training facility. Unfortunately she never saw that day due to a tragic accident. She is one of those rare spirited young women with all the disadvantages one might encounter yet she refused to allow the obstacles to stop her from pursuing her passion.

Qualifications & Certifications

Figure Sculpting & Drawing

Portland Art Museum School

Certification as Master Doll Artist

Lewis Goldstien Master Doll Artist Certification Program

Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham Oregon

Occupational Therapy

Mt. Hood Community College

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