Santas & Snowmen
“What beautiful detail on his face” is what we often hear when we are in the Clothtique area of the store. And with such a large variety, at such very affordable prices, you’re sure to find one that matches that difficult-to-buy-for person on your list.
“Clothtique is best known for it’s realistic folds and wrinkles, and a magical ability to keep a hold on the past. Centuries ago, European craftsmen invented imaginative ways to clothe the dolls and figurines they created. One method proved so successful in bringing beauty and realism to their artistry that it was secretly passed down from one generation to the next. The early founders of Possible Dreams happened upon this method of ancient, stiffened cloth and immediately began improving on it. Ceramic, resin and many other materials are used to insure exact balance and fine sculptural detailing as figurines posed in action. Authentic accessories are added to support the theme of each piece. And of course our best illustrators and sculptors are employed to capture the magical expressions that have made our faces untique favorites. The result is Clothtique, a miraculous process that brings magical enhancement to every Santa our Possible Dreams artists design.”
The Santa Claus Network, the name of the collectors’ club for Clothtique Santas, is a “must have” for collectors of this popular collection from Possible Dreams. The membership club kits are available here. d includes the following:
- your Clothtique Santa gift each year
- a Member Pin
- The opportunity to purchase members-only Clothtique Santa “
- Annual catalog with both new and retired items
Certainly the line of Santas and Snowmen that gets the most attention here at The Christmas House is the Heartwood Creek line by Jim Shore. We don’t find too many folks that DON’T fall in love with these fabulous, yet affordable, pieces. Appearing as if they are carved wood (they are actually made of resin), these Santas and Snowmen often feature a quilted pattern. Prices start at just $21.50. Some of you may remember Jim Shore from years ago when we carried his “pencil Santas”, of which he was the original designer and creator. Jim is a down-to-earth “guy next door” southern gentleman who enjoys designing the Heartwood Creek collection for our enjoyment. We just wish he would visit us more often so all of you could meet him!
Pipka was born in Slovakia and raised in Germany. After World War II, at the age of five, Pipka, along with her family immigrated to America and settled in a small town in North Dakota. As a child, Pipka spent much of her days sketching, carefully trying to copy the Masters. At this young age she was inspired by annual visits to see family in Germany. There she discovered the old world traditions and inspired her artistic talent. Later, in her early twenties, Pipka explored the Bavarian painting style known as Bauernmalerei, “Peasant Painting.” Soon she opened her first workshop in Minneapolis, teaching Bauernmalerei classes and painting furniture for clients. Later, Pipka married and moved to Door County, Wisconsin.
In Door County, a very creative community of artist and musicians, Pipka became inspired to open a gallery. Pipka’s Gallery and studio flourished over the years. One snowy day many years ago, while sitting in her studio Pipka created an old world Santa as a gift for her mother. This began her love for old world Father Christmas images. She became enamored with studying and researching the many cultural traditions of Father Christmas and how each country celebrates Christmas.
In 1993, Pipka met Michele Johnson and Gary Meidinger, owners of Prizm inc., who wanted to start their own gift company. They loved Pipka’s Christmas designs and shared her vision to express the magic, joy, and holiness of Christmas in her work. Gary and Michele formed a company, Prizm, Inc., and introduced Pipka’s designs as limited edition figurines. Since the line’s introduction in 1995, collectors throughout the country and the world have enthusiastically embraced Pipka’s work. Today Pipka spends her days traveling, designing, researching, and painting her wonderful, richly detailed Santas.