Meet your Maker 2016 – Santa Claus

We interrupt our usual makers profiles today for something rather special. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, let’s hope you’ve been nice because yesterday we spoke to someone dressed in red and white and he’s getting his list ready. Make sure you book your place to meet him on Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 1 to decorate some yummy gingerbread and get crafty with the elves. So, please be upstanding for his Wonderful Christmassness himself, Santa Claus… 1915692_1030364720319647_8549968852298740598_n

Tell us a little bit about what you do.

I bring joy and peace to young children around the world. Once a year I spread the magic of Christmas to all those who believe.
What do you love most about what do you do?
Spreading the magic of Christmas, generosity, peace and love to the world of course. Reminding people of the true meaning of Christmas.
What inspires you?
Babooshka is one person and seeing the warm smile of grateful children. The many decorated houses created by loving parents and nature in all its splendour. Describe your studio or workspace.
The many Christmas films have all tried to capture the workshop I run. None have managed to olajunderstand the sheer magic that happens in the elf space.
If you could meet any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
The Tooth Fairy and Jack Frost are some I am lucky to have met.
What is the last book you read and did you enjoy it?
My good and bad list book and happy to say there are no bad children on my lists this year, just misunderstood ones. So gifts for all this Christmas.
Who is the person, living or dead, you most admire?
Mrs Christmas
What is your earliest memory?
Seeing the northern lights or Aurora Borealis as it can be called for the first time. Truly breath-taking.
How would you describe your creative process?
Pure imagination.
What handmade possession do you most cherish?
My ever filled sack I take with me on Christmas Eve. Crafted by the master elf back in 1743. A pure piece of true craftsmanship.
How do you get yourself out of a creative rut?
Take the year off and reflect on the warmth of family and friends.
What is your favourite Reading landmark/place?
I love all of Reading but would have to say the old Huntley and Palmers building I sure did love their biscuits!
If you could, what era would you live in and why?
I have lived in all era’s past, present and future.
Who are your 6 dream dinner party guests?
Mrs Christmas
Sweity Mikolaj
Julenissen
Hoteiosho
Mad hatter
Viejo Pascuero
And what would they eat?
A full Christmas dinner of course with all the trimmings!

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