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Snowbabies Creation
Snowbabies Creation

The creative artist behind Snowbabies , Kristi Jensen Pierro, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She always loved to draw and started her career by designing porcelain decanters while still in college at Saint Cloud State University, Saint Cloud, Minnesota where she graduated with a degree in fine arts. After graduation, Kristi worked for various companies and freelanced for Department 56 until 1987 when she was hired as a full-time illustrator/designer. One of her first projects was to develop the newly-created Snowbabies series.

Kristiís ideas for Snowbabies are inspired by watching children, and by thinking about her own childhood experiences. She makes rough sketches of her ideas and then refines these into actual illustrations. Next, Kristi makes careful scale drawings of each side, top and bottom. Along the way, she adds little touches that make each Snowbaby collectible unique. These drawings are then sent to the sculptor who creates a three-dimensional prototype to the exact specifications of her artwork.

The end result is what you have seen and collectors have grown to love. They remain one of the more popular series of figurines made for Department 56.