There were also plenty of enticements like this Lindy Evans Santa Claus for the throngs of early Christmas shoppers:
Evans started her career as a doll maker by creating fabric dolls as gifts for family and friends. Then, after 17 years as an educator in the public schools, she became a full-time doll artist. Evans draws inspiration from studies of real people for the one-of-a kind faces she sculpts from polymer clay.
I was sorry to learn that Nita Keeler, the creator of this "Darn-it-the Cowboy" figure had recently passed away:
"He is contemplating the end of day, as he adjusts his hat and enjoys the comfort of no boots upon his weary feet."
Fortunately younger Kentucky artists like Jennifer Zingg are exploring new modes of expression with traditional craft media such as gourds:
As an art student at Kentucky Wesleyan College in the early 1990s, Zingg initially did not appreciate the box of gourds her grandfather gave her.