My name is Celia Thomas and welcome to KT Miniatures…
Having been born and bred in Gloucester, and with five older brothers (no sisters) to contend with, I found my beloved dolls house made by my grandfather a haven for me to escape! As I embarked on a career in nursery nursing in the mid 1970s, part of the training was learning the basics of woodwork using “real tools” in order to make children’s toys. Then for coursework, whilst having to construct a toy out of junk……in a flash of inspiration, made a fully furnished Victorian dolls house out of a cardboard box and household junk. The seed was well and truly planted!
Over the years my craft skills evolved and were stretched whilst working with children in various establishments in and around London, having met and married Dave by the late 1970s. By the time I had two young sons, I was constructing an endless quantity of children’s dolls houses to earn much needed cash. Then along came my daughter and having scratch built more than 50 children’s houses over the years for friends of friends, etc., I increasingly became more fascinated with producing what goes inside dolls houses rather than the houses themselves. Hence in January 1997 KT Miniatures was born. By then I was becoming a passionate collector of old dolls house items and eventually began to sell these too.
I have a workshop at the top of my Oxfordshire home and deal mainly by mail order these days. Having once been organiser of the Thame Dolls House & Miniatures Fair along with my late husband Dave, it is the one fair that KT Miniatures still does attend as a stand holder annually. So you will find KT Miniatures there every February. Also, due to the retirement of Robin Britton -my Nostalgia In Miniature Workshops partner, in the summer of 2016, I am no longer taking an active part in running workshops just at the moment. But they are something that I am hoping to restart once again in 2017.
THE TINY WORLD OF KT MINIATURES – a comprehensive feature on the origins of KT Miniatures can be read on Page 8 of Dolls Houses Past & Present December Issue 2013 online magazine. CLICK HERE TO VIEW