This grouchy guy is named Winston the Rat and he is my first professional design puppet. I write, “professional” because he is made the way puppets are for television. He has grips on the mouth plate, the mouth plate is made of wood and the center of the puppet has a spandex arm wrap. His body is a glove puppet with a pot belly that I drew the bodies pattern by hand.
This is the way that I will make the puppets I keep for myself in the future. Since the mouth plate has grips on the top and bottom I can open the puppet mouth from the top more and that gives it a more realistic appearance.
This is what is called a Hand and Glove Puppet, the mouth is controlled by my right hand and the left hand is controlled by my left hand. This is a fun way to puppeteer!