I met the artist Max Gyllenhaal at a handmade show in Philadelphia. He was just this little guy who is quiet and nerdy looking with glasses. Then I started talking to him and found out how he got into puppetry and art. He actually did an internship in the original Dark Crystal movie in 1982. Then he ended up working full time for Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, helping on the Yoda project from the original Star Wars trilogy. Hence, he has a Zortz Yoda too.
Zortz are handcrafted by Gyllenhaal using a latex mold. Using a clothespin to manipulate the mouth, these puppets can hold notes, pens, toothbrushes or whatever. There are even some you can put cell phones in. There are Elvis, watermelon, flamingo and donkey Zortz too. They are just great funky, cool little things you can have on your desk. They also make great funny gifts for someone you just don’t know what to get for.