the snowbabies story
Kristi Jensen Pierro was born in Minneapolis,Minnesota. She always loved to draw but Snowbabies were not part of her initial forays into the world of art and design. She 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
Kristi’s 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.