Puppet Place offers artists and creatives working in puppetry and animation a mutually supportive working environment. Resident and Associate Artists benefit from affordable workspace ranging from a desk to space in our fabrication and rehearsal studios. For further information on workspace please click here
Covers everything from puppet fabrication to manipulation and more. We will be uploading the catalogue very soon If you would like to visit our reference library please call or email to arrange a suitable time. Opening hours are 10am-4pm Monday to Friday.
PUPPET PLACE NEWS BLOG – The latest news, interviews and reviews from the worlds of puppetry and animation [click to view]
PUPPET PLACE VIMEO CHANNEL – Audio and video of workshops, talks and artist interviews [click to view]
An Interview with Barry Purves at BFP15 from Puppet Place on Vimeo.
An Interview with the Quay Brothers at BFP15 from Puppet Place on Vimeo.
The Craft of Bunraku Puppetry from Puppet Place on Vimeo.
The Craft of Bunraku Puppetry Q & A with Emma Powell – Computer from Puppet Place on Vimeo.
We are gathering a list of art and material suppliers that we know puppeteers, prop-makers and artists will find useful. If you’ve got any top tips, do let us know and we’ll add them to the list.
South Western Industrial Plasters
63 Netherstreet, Bromham
Tel: 01380 850616
Alec Tiranti Ltd
(supplies Chavant “meltable” clay and metal filling powders)
27 Warren Street
Tel: 020 7380 0808
3 Pipers Court
Tel: 0845 123 2100
Artrageous Arts & Craft
21 Sevier Street,
Tel: 0117 914 3025
Foam for Home
Make-up FX Silicone, Alginate Face-casting
Tollgate Workshop Bury Road Kentford
Tel: 01638 750679
The Manor House
Suffolk IP17 1EU
Telephone: 01728 603171
Ellie’s Doll Workshop
1526 Wimborne Road
Telephone: 01202 572626
Eyes, antron fleece, liquid neoprene and more
Beads for eyes
It is very important that you use soft aluminium wire, and that you have a range of sizes available to you. Soft Plain Aluminium Wire BS2873 GIB.0
(All sizes 20m coil)
Sugru (useful for everything)
This is a mouldable glue that turns into rubber.
(PU Plastic/rubber and silicone) Frederick Road
Hoo Farm Industrial Estate Kidderminster
Tel: 01562 515121
Supplies Smooth-On product range:
(useful for lightweight masks and puppets)
Bridge Industrial Estate
Speke Hall Road
Tel: 0151 448 1228
Product code: RX3155 1m 1.5m Sheet (RX1143)
This is a Polymer clay which can be modelled by hand, and baked in a domestic oven. It is mostly used to model up a puppet’s head. 454g Super Sculpey Ref: SUSC1LB Colour: pink-beige
Living Doll sculpey
This is a slightly more expensive version of Super Sculpy and is more suitable for a more adult or realistic visual style. 454g Sculpey Living Doll – Beige Ref: SCLD1LBB
Sculpy Ultra Light
This is a very light, somewhat “marshmallow” substance, which can be modelled into rough shapes, and baked in a domestic oven. An excellent material for reducing weight in a
stop motion puppet. 292g Sculpey UltraLight Ref: SCULTRA
Polymorph is a low melt plastic material that is used to make the “bones” on the armature. Polymorph 500g N15AT
The memory foam sheets on this site work very well with latex, and can be ordered in 1⁄2 centimetre sheets.
K and S square brass tubing
This is a series of square brass tubes that slot perfectly into the next smaller size (Like a radio aerial, but square)
LIGHTING AND STAGE EQUIPMENT
Third Way Avonmouth
Bristol Office 0117 938 4000
London Office 020 7939 3000
Unit 12, The Maltings
Bath, BA1 3JL
+44 (0) 1225 311 964
Lasercutting in Bristol
Working with wood, paper, card, leather, felt, acrylic, stone, terracotta, metal and glass.
Contact Toby Seely Designer & Maker
+44 (0) 7570 027 753