Beginning in 1985, Paul Change and Warren Stanley began a tradition of crafting fine Santa Claus figurines to adorn the houses of families everywhere. With meticulous attention to detail, skilled artists are inspired by family, tradition, and tales of Santa Claus from around the world in order to create unique and enchanting designs for the Possible Dreams Santa Figurine Collection. Scenes depicting Santa on his busiest day of the year delivering presents, his time with Mrs. Claus, and Santa’s vacation and leisure time are all brought to life through a process of handcrafting and clothing Santa with unique Clothtique fabrics.
Once a design is finalized and a sculpture based on it is carved, the artists at Department 56 begin to create molds for their Possible Dreams Santa. These molds are filled with resin or ceramic materials to create the figurine. The figurines are then hand carved and sanded in order to ensure a perfect form.
Specially selected materials are then used to hand paint Santa. Artists use many colors and variations of paint to create Santa’s complexion and facial features so that they are lifelike and flawless. Matte paints and glazes are applied based on the realistic effects that artists impart on their figures from Santa’s cheeks to the sparkle in his eyes.
Textile artists then personally sew every figurine’s Santa outfits individually. Each Santa on the beach, Santa fishing, and the traditional present-delivering Santa have their outfits custom sewn by artists that sew Santa’s outfit with Clothtique, specially stiffened fabrics that create a realistic effect of a well accessorized and dapper Santa. The Clothtique fabric has the magical ability to make Possible Dreams Santas come to life.
Whether you are selecting a Department 56 Clothtique Santa for your own collection, or gifting it to others, Possible Dreams Santa figurines are each truly magical pieces of art that are sure to brighten homes for the holiday, and strengthen the spirit of Christmas for all. Every year, the Possible Dreams figurines become more advanced and intricate as sculptors are pushed to add more detail to their Clothtique creations.
Possible Dreams Santas are truly magical and will brighten up many homes during the holidays.