How to start making a puppet


Sources of informations

You can find sources for puppet designs and their production on the internet. Many theatre groups have web sites with photos and clips from performances on YouTube. Of course it isn't possible to see details and technical aspects of the puppet. Collections of puppets can be found in many large European museums; some are specialized specifically on puppets. In the Czech Republic, the largest permanent collection of puppets is at the Museum of International Puppet in Chrudim. The National Museum has part of their puppet collection on display at the Circus and uppet Museum in Prachaticeand at the private Fairy Tale House in Cesky Krumlov.


Who, how and where puppets are made

Designers who make puppets for theatre performances can be divided into several groups. One group is made up of people who design the puppets/scenery and then sell the designs to the theatre. The theatres' employees create the puppets based on these designs.
Another group is made up of artists who do both: they make designs and subsequently make the puppets and scenery themselves.
Yet another group is made up of puppeteers who, because of tradition or lack of money, make everything themselves.
Within all groups it is common for the work to be divided among several specialist: one specialist carves the puppets, another might paint it, and someone else might make the costume.


How much time you need to produce a puppet

When preparing to make puppets for a performance the first step is to make a schedule- including extra "cushion" time to solve problems that might arise. It is common to spend much time at the beginning consulting with the person who is ordering the puppets. Definitely do NOT make unrealistic deadlines. After all of the designs have been finished and agreed upon, the actual production goes relatively quickly . A marionette that is 45 cm high with a costume should take about five days.