Hello my name is Robert,
I am a stop motion animator who's interested in the history of stop motion and puppetry I am trying to make a list of stop motion puppet makers who have passed as a remembrance and tribute to them.

I already have Marcel Delgado and Art Clokey who I think made his own gummy possible models, correct me if I'm wrong.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0217012/
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0167029/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Im looking for more puppet makers to complete my list I'm trying my best not to leave anyone out, these people need a good remembrance they were the greats!

If you can help at all, I'm looking for any type of puppet maker for stop motion foam,clay,silicone,wood,metal,etc

Thanks for your time and help.

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Many animators were also puppet makers, at least to begin with.  Later in their career they may have had others to take on some of the stages of puppet making.   First ones to come to mind, who are no longer with us, are:

Ladislas Starewitch, Ray Harryhausen, and David Allen.

Don't forget the man who made half of all of Harryhausen's puppets...... Arthur Hayward

And of course in a lot of newer/bigger productions the job might be tasked out to many people - one might design armatures, another or maybe several to build them, then a team of rubber casters and fabricators, plus other teams for details like hair, clothing etc. That said, and to get back to the classic (semi I suppose) creature puppet stuff - Phil Tippett was known to crank out some nice puppets. The Quays build their own, albeit from spare parts and antique scraps. Eva Svankmajer made some really sweet puppets for her husband's films (I think - not sure how much of the puppet construction she handled - possibly mainly design). 

Nick Hilligoss, Ron Cole, Lionel Ivan Orozco, Marc Spess... 

(Those are people from this forum - not what you'd call famous puppet builders, but pretty durn famous round these here parts anyway!)

Oh oops! I missed that they're supposed to be passed on..  all the ones I mentioned are still alive and kickin'. But one day this post will be relevant!  

Did Arthur Hayward die?
What about Stanley Winston?
Thanks everyone for your comments keep Em coming ,did anyone want to be credited as thanks to in my tribute?

Sheesh Strider, I had to check my pulse...  Nope, not kicked the bucket yet.  

Stan Winston definitely made live action/cable/animatronic puppets, not sure if he ever made any stopmotion puppets.

Arthur Hayward is probably dead, but haven't found out for sure.  Some of his museum diorama work is here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO5xzo44J7I

Thought of another one.  Stephen Czerkas made and animated stop motion dinosaurs for Planet of Dinosaurs (1977) and a number of other projects, eventually becoming a noted palaeoartist and opening his own dinosaur museum in Utah.  

As it happens, today is the first anniversary of his death, on 22 January 2015.  http://dinosaur-museum.org/stephenczerkasmemorial.htm

Hi Nick thanks for that, does anyone know where I can find out more about Arthur Hayward for example how old he would be now, when was he born, where I can find more info?

This is great guys, exactly the sort of thing I need helping this ones come to life again, what about the guy who made the hand? Or george pal did he have people working for him to create figurines.
Keep em coming guys

I googled Arthur Hayward but got hits for an artist, a cricketer, and a few other people, couldn't find a bio.

Another one - Wah Chang.  Born 1917, died 2003.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wah_Chang

According to Ray's Century of Model Animation, he sculpted and constructed the dragon for Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm  (1962).   He also made some puppets for 7 Faces of Dr Lao I think, and the puppets for Jack the Giant Killer, among others in a long career.

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