My first pottery project was an ash tray. Back before cigarette advertisements were banned and before the Surgeon General placed warnings on all cigarette packages, people thought the imprint of a pre-schooler's hand would be the perfect place to deposit cigarette ashes. I want to start my salt dough tutorial series off on a healthier note, consequently the first project is a fruit bowl so your dolls can always keep healthy snacks on hand.
Salt dough is not as elastic as polymer clay. It will crumble if you roll it out too thin. It can also bubble and crack when heated if the water molecules convert to steam and get trapped inside your project. Still it is possible to make some doll sized "ceramic" pieces if you allow them to air dry. I had a lot of fun experimenting with different types of paint and glazes and I hope you will too.