It has been more than 25 years since Kristi Jensen Pierro first revived the Snowbabies collectible with her simple, sweet drawings and bisque figurines for Department 56. In the tradition of figures dating back to the beginning of the 20th century, she draws inspiration from her own life experiences, photos, and stories expressed through designs reflecting the activities of small children. Many years later, her designs continue to gain popularity as her themes have kept up with modern society – like “Spa Date” and “Zero Calorie Cupcake” – wouldn’t we love both of those in real life?! Here are some photos from releases this year. In addition to updated themes, Snowbabies now frequently come with colorful knit accessories and glittering accents. The Snowbabies themselves are generally about 3″ to 4″ tall – don’t be fooled by these larger-than-life photographs.
Animals are often featured in the Snowbabies collection – especially the polar variety!
Snowbabies also come from many popular children’s stories and personalities, such as The Wizard of Oz, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Cinderella, Winnie the Pooh, Kermit & Miss Piggy, Mickey & Minnie Mouse, and more.
You will also find Snowbabies around at Easter time with decorated eggs and cute little bunnies.
Snowbabies are also made in a wide variety of ornaments (many of which we will personalize for you here in the store!). The glittering shadow box series is new in red this year.
You’ll often find Snowbabies collections on display year round. Made from porcelain bisque with hand-painted faces and hand-applied detailing, each is meticulously crafted – and very charming! Those unique “snow crystals” are made by a process of forcing a clay mixture through a series of increasingly fine screens until the right shaving stage is achieved. Each figure is then painted with a bisque slip and the shavings are carefully applied in the proper areas.
The variety of styles in both figurines and ornaments, including many angel-themed pieces, make Snowbabies a wonderful gift for so many occasions – new baby, girlfriend fun, family events, and, of course, at Christmas. There are also several varieties of accessory trees in colors to compliment the Snowbabies series. Take a closer look at these delightful babies and their friends – you just might meet a new friend yourself!
Keep it snowy!
~Janet @ The Christmas Place
P.S. Don’t forget our Department 56 artist signing on Saturday, November 2nd, with Scott Enter. Although he designs primarily for the village collection, as a representative of Department 56’s creative team, he will sign Snowbabies on request. Details will be posted on our Event Calendar next week.