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Williraye Studios from Coyne's Collection
Dateline: 02/09/01

 

Almost two years ago I was blown-away by the wonderful Bavarian Heritage Collection of Santas at a local Christmas Store. I investigated a little further and found out more about the company producing them -- the Coyne's Company (pronounced "coins"). Although they have been around for more than 45 years, it was about ten years ago that the Coyne's Company started bringing artist lines to the company.

The above mentioned Bavarian Heritage Collection is the most recent addition to their company, but the Williraye Studio designs are what really caught our eyes at the Dallas Gift Show.

Husband and wife team Jeff Schuknecht and Bobbe Punzel-Schuknecht have been creating original designs and pieces for over twenty-two years. In 1996 their careers took a different turn when they joined with Coyne's Company and introduced Williraye Studios. The folk art pieces in their collection are originally carved in wood and then translated into resin pieces. Their designs are delightfully whimsical and bring a smile to your face just looking at them!

folk art girl on rabbit
Girl on Rabbit, Price approximately $45.
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Folk Art Girl on Cat Jar
Girl on Cat, price approximately $45.
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Last year, bowing to consumer requests, a table top (ceramic) line was developed and the first cookie jar was produced -- a crock jar. The jar is still available available and can be seen on their web site. But this year two unusual folk art cookie jars were introduced and are a welcome relief to the "cutsey" jars that have flooded the market over the past few years. Yes, I still like "cute", but these are terrific pieces of art.

I thought it was interesting that these two new jars were not conceived as jars, in fact the designs were made as lamps. But it was decided to re-sculpt the designs a bit and create a new look cookie jar.

Relateds:
• Dallas Gift Show Index
• More Coyne's Jars

Elsewhere:
• Coyne's Company
• Willieraye Studio

Thanks to Doug Bartke of Bartke & Associates for his help and information.

Photographs (c)2000 Barbara Crews, licensed to About, Inc.

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