Richard Kuklik - Rici Studios
Richard's studios in Prague is responisible for most of the small and medium marionettes we sell. They are beautifully designed and finished. They are cast in molds so are fixed designs (unlike our wooden carved puppets) and the clothing and accessories are all handmade.
Rici's marionettes are reminiscent of the oldest traditional Czech marionettes. A curiously careful mix of stylisation, exaggerated but effective features, hand-sewn detailed clothes and a surprisingly subtle expression (usually of wise wit or happy content) is required to take on the mantle of a century-old art-form. The result is a unique traditional marionette made affordable by an extremely well-tuned team production. Again and again, Richard's marionettes star in family-run theatres all over the Czech Republic, fuelling the slowly reappearing reproductions of fairy tales and legends performed by wandering marionette actors or as bed-time stories. Richard sees this trend as one of his greatest lifelong achievements, and the best confirmation of the significance of his marionettes.