|About John Cervenka
I consider toys as objects d'art - where so much imagination and technical know how is involved in their creation.
Being a professional theatre stage designer, working many years for drama and opera companies here in Australia and overseas, and used to prepare models of sets and props I was curious to explore the making of toys of my own design.
Originally creating a piece only for myself and my wife, however later seeing interest from collectors I added also few more examples for sale - and since 1980 fully concentrating on toy making - occasionally collaborating with my wife Vera - an artist using paper as the main material for her creations "cartonnage " - sculptural items, flats collage paintings etc...
Before the advent of machines, presses, lithographic printing, (and today - toys sorely in plastics), manufacturing methods we take today for granted tin toys where made entirely by hand as a cottage industry or in small workshops.
According to many world experts in the toy collecting field I am possibly the only one and unique toymaker working in this field using 19th century hands on techniques and methods of the pre-factory machine age - creating handmade tinplate toys.
The toys I produce in my studio near Sydney in Australia may be inspired from the “Golden age of toys” of yesteryear - however all are of my own original designs and crafted entirely by hand using only basic hand tools, hand painted with quality enamels, while boats are painted with rust resisting paints.
Every edition is limited only to a handful of toys - over 400 designs created since 1980 -
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