For over 33 years Department 56® artist, Kristi Jensen Pierro has captured the beauty and splendor of winter in her Snowbabies™’ designs. Her personal experiences are artfully designed into each Snowbabies’ piece and carefully named to ensure a sentiment of love, friendship or inspiration. “Each piece I design tells its own story. It’s the story that makes each Snowbabies’ figurine special and unique.”


Kristi has announced her retirement in 2023. We will miss her incredible, original and delightful designs. Department 56 has stated that there are enough of Kristi's original artwork and designs to produce through 2025. After that the torch will pass to another talented artist.

Over the years Kristi has designed many other Department 56 giftware collections including the very popular Snowpinions™. These sweet and sometimes sassy sentiments relay just the right message for many holiday occasions and can be purchased through many retailers and on the Department 56 website. This giftware line includes porcelain figurines, ornaments, plush, and glassware.

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