Famous and successful porcelain doll artists like Marina Bychkova are getting $7,800 to $3000 a doll! It takes many, many hours to learn this art and to make one. They are truly works of art.
Here’s what I’ve found when i research the porcelain doll business.
Original Artist Studio:
An original artist may produce their dolls 100% by themselves in their own studio. In this case, the artist will sculpt the original art work, make molds, cast, clean all parts, fire parts, paint the porcelain, assemble the parts, wig and costume the doll. They will either sell their dolls exclusively wholesale to select shops or sell their dolls themselves.
An Artist cottage industry:
Original sculpts may be produced with the original sculptor’s overall guidance in a small business environment or they may be produced in the artist’s own multi-person studio or “cottage industry”. The resultant dolls must pass this artist’s quality scrutiny in all stages of production.