Zortz The Clothespin Puppet Handmade Cell Phone Holder, Watermelon – The Barrington Garage
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Zortz The Clothespin Puppet Handmade Cell Phone Holder, Watermelon


  • 2995

  • Zortz: The Clothespin Puppet has been making people smile since 1980
  • Watermelon head made of hand-painted latex; squeeze the clothespin to open the mouth
  • Arms and legs made of flexible wire so you can position as needed to accommodate your phone
  • Approximately 9.5 inches tall (sizes will vary); weighted base and felt bottom
  • Handmade in Brooklyn, New York by Max Gyllenhaal

The idea for Zortz was sparked in 1980, while creator Max Gyllenhaal was on a work-study program at Henson and Associates (The Muppets). Zortz puppet heads are handmade in Brooklyn, New York, and Max begins the process by sculpting a clay model of the Zortz character. He says that he considers that to be the fun part, though we suspect the really fun part is when you hand over some cash for a Zortz.

Next, a permanent mold is created from the clay model, and then latex is cast into the mold. After air-drying, facial features and other detailing are painted on with rubber ink, and then the piece is cleaned, assembled onto a stand, and prepared to go to work for you.

Zortz were initially meant to be miniature puppets, but over time they evolved into noteholders, cell phone stands, and toothbrush holders. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Each Zortz is a unique personality, so yours will have a strong family resemblance, but not necessarily match the photos.

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