ABOUT GALE

Gale started her working life in the early 1980s as an Antique Ceramics Restorer. After completing a BADA Dipl. Restoration course at the renowned West Dean College near Chichester Gale initially worked for other restorers then started her own business; setting up a workshop in Hastings, to where she had relocated in 1987.

A visit to a combined Doll and Dolls House Show to buy some spare parts for an antique porcelain doll she was repairing was Gale's introduction to Miniatures. She decided to have a go herself and her unique style developed from her experience restoring antiques and the availability of raw materials in her restoration workshop.

Gale entered a few items into the Miniaturist of the Year Show run by Dolls House and Miniature Scene Magazine at the 1993 Hove Show and came second. Invitations to Miniatura and the London Dolls House Festival came immediately and Gale has been a regular exhibitor at these fairs ever since.

Initially intending to run both businesses together Gale soon found that the demand for her figures and other items meant that she had to give up restoration and concentrate on Miniatures full-time.

Gale's figures are all hand sculpted one-of-a-kind models, normally clothed using a mixture of decorated paper, leather and vintage material. Her work has been featured in books and magazines around the world with a numerous cover features.

She lives in the picturesque town of Rye in East Sussex and is married to Andrew; a radio broadcast technology consultant. She has two sons; Edward born in 2000 and Jack born in 2003.