Kristi Jensen Pierro

“I love to talk to collectors at the many open house events I attend each year. My work reflects my own experiences with my children and my own childhood, but the evolution of many of my designs comes from the inspiration of the thousands of enthusiasts and collectors everywhere. You tell me what you like, and what you don’t. And I listen.”

For 30 years Department 56® artist, Kristi has captured the beauty and splendor of winter. 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.”

“My favorite new series in Snowbabies this year are the Sweet Memories pieces. For me one of the best memories I have is the time I spent at my Grandma Jensen’s house helping her to bake cookies. Grandma’s kitchen always smelled of gingerbread. In fact, she had ginger cookies year round. The cookie tin was rarely empty but when it was, she and I would bake a new batch. She would always put me in charge of the sugar. She’d roll the batter into balls and I would smash them down with a lead crystal cup that had first been dipped in sugar. It would leave the most beautiful imprint on each cookie. I still have this cup. I hope that these pieces will inspire you to create some memories with your children and grandchildren.”

Over the years Kristi has designed many other Department 56 giftware collections including the very popular Snowpinions™. The porcelain ornaments, figurines and tabletop pieces in crisp and classic Christmas colors make the perfect choice for decorating and gift giving. 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.

Department 56, the leader in lighted collectible Villages and Snowbabies, is part of the Enesco family of brands and is located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.


From the shiny twinkles in their eyes to the rosy blush on their cheeks, each and every Snowbabies piece is handcrafted with the utmost care from start to finish. Take a look. We guarantee you’ll look at Snowbabies in a whole new light!