Gordon Smuder on Sep 20, 2016
Puppet Pie is my one and only supplier for BALLS! Excellent quality and customer service. When YOU need BALLS, think "PUPPET PIE"!!
Clint and Roxy on Aug 27, 2016
Bought this fabulous brain sucker for my mom, she's entering a silly hat contest. I predict she will be the winner, and will probably make all kinds of new friends in the process! Again, always the finest in goofiness to be had from PuppetPie!
Connecting to Play
My dive into puppetry came from a love of visual and performing arts, a desire to keep one foot firmly rooted in my childhood, and the idea that playing shouldn't end when you become an adult. The marriage of playing and art is extremely beautiful and should happen every day.
My grandfather carved marionettes, sculptures and toys for his kids and grandkids. However I do believe it was my Auntie Pat who made me my very first puppet. It was a black crocheted lamb puppet that I still have. My mom, a doll-maker/nurse extraordinare, had me help her make puppets when I was about 15 or 16 years old. I remember the discovery process back then. There were no patterns available, so we just had to wing it.
23 or so years later, part of the year I'm a Sesame Street puppeteer, and the rest of the time I build puppets out of a lovely studio (a beautifully well-lit, colorful work space in the heart of a pie-factory-turned-artist-studios). I have bins, shelves, and drawers of socks, eyeballs, rods, and fur, foam, and fleece. I'm surrounded by family treasures and art and puppets and supplies--all in a bright, cheerful space, warmed by the Arizona sunshine.
My hope is that, even if you don't ever end up having me send you one of my little guys, I want you to wander away from my shop having smiled; having laughed at my weird or corny sense of humor; having been delighted by something you saw; having your day brightened in some way.
Thanks for supporting the arts, your local puppetry scene, and me!
Owner, Maker, Designer, Photography, Shipping, Communications
I've been making and performing with puppets since I was a teenager, but started taking things seriously in 2002. Since then, I've build hundreds of puppets for kids, performers, private collections, and large & small businesses alike.
Photo lab for printing
Hunt Valley, MD, United States
I've used this printing service for awhile for personal gifts and for clients when I've done their family portraits. The quality of prints and cards they've produced is the best I've found.
Feel free to ask about bulk (6+ puppets) or wholesale (20+) pricing.
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Want to schedule a visit to the Puppet Pie workshop at the historic Bragg's Pie Factory in downtown Phoenix, AZ?
Call (602) 842-WHEE (9433) to set up an appointment!
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Arizona residents will be charged an 9.3% sales tax, because that's how we keep our state beautiful.
As an international buyer, I'm willing to bet that you're aware that you're responsible for VAT, GST or other taxes or customs duties imposed by foreign governments. Try to smile and pay with glee, for it's how you keep your country beautiful.
Finger puppets and ornaments ship USPS first class in a swanky box.
Rod puppets ship USPS first class in a swanky TUBE! (Yes, a tube. Who doesn't want to get a tube in the mail?)
Sock Puppets, frames chalkboards and mirrors arrive Priority Mail in a box, because they won't fit inside of tubes.
I do my best to get your order packaged the day I receive it (except for custom work, obviously), however please allow one to three business days (depending on the item) for your item to be put into the hands of the USPS--just in case life happens and someone gets the flu. Or something.
***If your item arrives damaged**** You'll need to keep the box and all of the packaging for the insurance claim. I've never, in 9 years, had something arrive damaged, however it could happen, so let's all just be prepared. Are you prepared? I'm prepared. We should get scout badges for this.
Want to send me something? Address your love letters & fancy gifts to:
P.O. Box 20403
Phoenix, AZ 85036
Refunds and Exchanges
Custom orders are non-refundable, except under extremely special circumstances.
I can't refund shipping, unless your item arrives broken or incomplete, of course. But if you simply change your mind, you get to be responsible for the shipping. Consider it like sending a puppet on a round-trip vacation to an exotic destination--your house!
Additional policies and FAQs
By purchasing my work you're not purchasing the rights to the characters I create. That means there will be no making of t-shirts, cartoons, bobble-heads, plush toys, etc. Please do use my puppets for live performances, whether it be in a theater or your living room...or at the grocery store (please video tape anything at the grocery store). Anything that goes straight to youtube.com would be rad if you give me credit (*cough* grocery store). Anything for profit (other than live theater) you'll need to negotiate with me. I'll probably give it an a-okay, but I need to keep my artistic rights so as to cover my tuchus in the probably-not future. You understand, you're good people.
If you're interested in using my puppets for commercial use, an additional licensing fee will be applied.
Some of my puppets are made of wool felt. Some puppets contain marabou feathers. All puppets are made in a smoke-free, bubblegum-free, however cat-friendly studio.
None of my puppets are safe for children under the age of 3 due to small parts. They are intended for use by ages 3 and up. Some puppets are larger and intended as a show-quality puppet, which could be difficult for children to use. Keep this in mind when purchasing a larger puppet.
All puppets come with a my-lifetime warranty. If something should happen to your puppet (the dog gets it, or you threw it in the wash & forgot to air-dry, or an arm falls off due to extra rough play) then as long as I am physically able, I'll repair your puppet as best as I can for free. I only ask that you pay for your puppet's travel expenses.*
*Under extreme circumstances your puppet may be beyond repair. If that happens I will do my best to send its remains back to you in a timely manner so that you may provide it a Viking's funeral.
Again I say, Jazz Hands.