Louise is now offering 2 or 3 day "Doll Camps", at the Doll Hospital. You can come, relax, enjoy the beautiful Northwood's, and make a doll at the same time. These classes are offered for small groups, (mothers, daughters and other doll lovers) that want to learn reproduction or modern dolls in a wonderful environment from the well know doll artist, Louise Sowatzka.

Louise offers a unique experience in doll making, covering the history of the dolls, and explaining how the original artist actually did the artwork. If you have interest in the firing techniques involved, she will be glad to explain this aspect of doll making. All question and concerns will be attended to in your Doll Camp and Creative Workshop. This makes for a very enjoyable "doll making" experience that will be remembered for years to come.

Class cost varies as to the doll being created. French and German dolls tend to be higher. Modern dolls are the most economical, and fun at the same time. Louise is now offering classes on the vinyl new borns. Remember to inquire about this unique & fun class option. Some of these are for the first time doll maker.

For the experienced doll maker you have the option of many antique reproduction dolls to pick, whether you want a Bru, Steiner, Jumeau or other French doll. There are many German dolls also available, Kestner, Heuback, Simon & Halbig or other German dolls. Louise also covers proper fabrics, laces, and period clothing needed to costume your wonderful creations once done.

When you inquire, Louise will cover your doll making wants and needs, so you are comfortable in knowing that you will be creating the doll in your area of interest. The dolls that you will create will not only last for generations but also in your memories for many years to come as well.

Daily studio fee: $35

* Average finished doll cost (undressed ): $150

* Antique reproduction cost will vary, contact Louise for specific cost.


Custom Doll Workshops or Vinyl new born class

Louise offers this one special "doll making" experience. You can make a likeness of your child from a favorite picture. Create your own family heirloom to be treasure by your family. You will have to provide that favorite family picture in advance and Louise will work with you to see if this special doll can be created "by you." A very rewarding "doll making experience."

Daily Studio fee: $35

* Cost will vary according to doll being created, contact Louise for specific cost.


Camp and Workshop Schedule

Summer Schedule: June 1st - August 31st (Bring your sun tan lotion!)
Fall Schedule: September 1st - October 31st (Enjoy that beautiful fall color!)


Contact Louise to see which weekend classes are most convenient for your vacation or weekend getaway.

Sowatzka's New Studio

Directions to Sowatzka's Dolls


By Vehicle:

We are approximately 350 miles from Chicago.

From Madison:

Take Highway 51 North to Woodruff. Turn right on Highway 47 and continue 6 miles to Lake Tomahawk. In the middle of town (first cross street) turn left. Continue driving one block and turn left. After turning, continue for one block. Our location is then on the left at 7273 Kelly Drive.

From Duluth:

Take Highway 2 East to 51 South. Turn left on Highway 47 and continue 6 miles to Lake Tomahawk. In the middle of town (first cross street) turn left. Continue driving one block and turn left. After turning, continue for one block. Our location is then on the left at 7273 Kelly Drive.

For more specific directions, refer to the map below

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By Plane:

Arriving at the Rhinelander Airport:

Oneida County via Northwest Air Link. Estimated drive time to Sowatzka's is approximately 20 minutes

Arriving at the North Central Airport:

Mosinee, Marathon County via Northwest Air, United Air, and Skyway Air links. Estimated drive time to Sowatzka's is approximately 90 minutes. Guests will be met by arrangement or car may be rented at terminal.