ARTIST | PUPPETEER | MODEL MAKER
Artist and puppeteer Chris Seiter's work has consistently reflected his strong conceptual design focus through illustration, sculpting, model making, puppet creations, and architectural venues requiring the use of varied media and fabrication techniques. As a member of the Puppeteers of America and the Union Internationale de la Marionette (UNIMA), Chris has participated in numerous festivals, seminars, and workshops throughout the United States, Vancouver, Canada and Nagoya, Japan. Chris also attended Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Clown College later becoming a staff member working specifically in the "Prop Shop" where he built "Walk Around" props and puppets for use by the students in weekly gag presentations and graduation performances. As both fabricator and performer, Chris worked with Hystopolis Puppet Theatre in Chicago, IL and Grey Seal Puppets in Charlotte, NC. His original drawings and designs have been used in the soft toy industry to develop international toys.
Currently, Chris is in the publication stage of a children's book in which he developed the characters and illustrated the book using his own unique pencil technique with "Prismacolor" pencils and markers.
Chris, originally from Colorado, lives in Nashville, TN and holds a Degree in Industrial Design and Technology and has studied at the Colorado Art Institute and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and holds a degree from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clown College.
Robot Puppet This puppet is a russian rod puppet, the head is made of found objects that were assembled, and brush coated with fiberglass. The body was sculpted in clay and covered in layers of paper mache, after drying the clay is removed leaving a hollow light-weight body which is then coated in fiberglass and attached to the wooden dowel rod which acts as the mechanism that controls the head movement and serves as the hand grip for controlling the puppet. Model kit parts are added to the surface for additional textures and details. The puppet is sprayed with coats of gray primer and then the final color scheme is applied finalizing the look.