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Hallmark Star Trek Ornaments: The Artists

Jake Angell: 2016 ”The Man Trap”, 2017 U.S.S. Franklin, 2020 Kirk Storyteller, 2020 Enterprise Storyteller, 2021 Spock Storyteller, 2021 HMS Bounty, 2022 McCoy Storyteller

Hallmark’s Storytellers have made their mark on franchises like Star Wars, Peanuts, Harry Potter and Nightmare Before Christmas but it was in 2020 that the Storytellers made their way into the Star Trek universe.

Jake Angell had previous experience with Hallmark Star Trek ornaments but he really made his mark with his work on the Storyteller series.

Not only has he made many of the Storytellers characters but he is credited with the Enterprise Tree Topper that has become so familiar on many nerd Christmas trees.

Robert Chad: 2018 Arex and M’Ress

Robert Chad only sculpted one Star Trek ornament but his solo venture was a duo doozie.

Arex and M’Ress were characters from the often overlooked Star Trek: The Animated Series but they hold a special place in the hearts of those that watched them on Saturday mornings in the early 70s.

In 2018, Chad was called upon to sculpt a rare two ornament set. The ornaments were available at San Diego Comic-Con, Las Vegas Star Trek Convention and New York Comic Con and limited to a run of 2,800.

Julie Forsyth: 2009 Ilia Probe

On occasion, Hallmark has released an ornament that is classified as a Special Limited Edition. These ornaments have larger run numbers than the Special Event ornaments that spring up at conventions but not quite the quantity that the normal Keepsakes line has.

The Special Limited Edition Ilia Probe ornament was Julie Forsyth’s first and only Star Trek sculpt. Even with her sparse Trek resume, Forsyth has made quite the impact with other lines with Hallmark. Artistic talent runs in the family, Julie has worked side by side at Hallmark with her sister, Sue Tague.

Rich LaPierre: 1999 Enterprise (Blown Glass)

Hallmark only produced three blown glass Star Trek ornaments and Rich LaPierre was responsible for one of them.

In 1999, LaPierre designed the two sided oblong ornament. On one side, the profile of the U.S.S. Enterprise on a starry background and the opposite side emblazoned with the words STAR TREK in that familiar Trek font.

This rare blown glass ornament gives some extra sparkle on every Trek tree it hangs from.

Emma Leturgez-Smith: 2018 Tricorder

Emma Leturgez-Smith “I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t drawing, painting or sculpting. When I was a teenager, I started to get the wild idea that maybe I was onto something.”

“Video games, cartoons and landscapes are big sources of inspiration for me, but sometimes random things like an appealing combination of colors can also be inspiring.”

“Most of the ornaments I’ve sculpted from home were done with a talkative Parrot hooting in my ear.”1

Lynn Norton: 1991 Enterprise, 1993 Enterprise D, 1994 Klingon Bird of Prey, 1995 The Ships of Star Trek, 1996 Romulan Warbird, 1996 Voyager, 1996 Enterprise & Galileo (Enterprise), 1997 Defiant, 1998 Enterprise E, 1999 Rio Grande, 2000 Borg Cube, 2001 Deep Space Nine, 2001 Starfleet Legends (Enterprise E, Voyager, and Defiant), 2002 Delta Flyer, 2002 Enterprise NX-01, 2003 The Scorpion (w/ Anita Marra Rogers), 2004 Vulcan Command Ship, 2005 Enterprise A, 2006 Enterprise, 2007 Future Enterprise D, 2008 Reliant, 2009 Klingon Battle Cruiser, 2010 Enterprise (Kelvin), 2011 Romulan Bird of Prey, 2011 Defiant, 2012 Enterprise D, 2013 Kelvin, 2013 Kelvin (Damaged), 2015 Enterprise C, 2016 Enterprise Pilot (Gold), 2016 Enterprise Pilot (Painted), 2017 Enterprise C (Damaged), 2019 ISS Enterprise

Lynn Norton has a fleet of over thirty Star Trek ship ornaments under his belt beginning with the original Enterprise ornament in 1991. Norton details that endeavor, “Now, I also had to fight the initial idea of having a string of garland hanging along the edge of the primary hull, and Santa Claus popping out of the bridge — true story! I wanted to make it as accurate as possible.”

“At Hallmark, Don Palmiter, Dill Rhodus and I brought fine scale model-making to the ornament business. We really had to convince our art directors we could go beyond cute and traditional and make really believable small models to be used as ornaments.“ 2

“I have to say that the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” space-station ornament is still my favorite. It was the most challenging sculpture for me and the Keepsake engineering staff,” he says. “My idea to offer it with docked miniature starship ornaments turned out to be a winning combination with Star Trek fans.”3

“I consider the ships I have sculpted to be like characters rather than objects,” he says. “Each is recognizable, and almost as specific as a human face. I’m looking at them as a fan, of course — I’ve been watching since the first broadcast—but also as a sculptor who appreciates their beauty and qualities as icons.”4

Don Palmiter: 2008 ”The Trouble with Tribbles”

Hallmark has made three Star Trek ornaments with Magic Motion and happily they all have a Tribble theme. The first of the Tribble ornaments was released in 2008 and brought about by Hallmark artist Don Palmiter, his only venture into the Star Trek ornament universe.

“The Trouble with Tribbles” design is the most complex Star Trek ornament as it incorporates a hidden belt system to recycle the miniature Tribbles and uses a special anti-static coating to keep the foam Tribbles from clumping together as they fall.

Magic Motion would be revisited twice more in 2019 and 2020 when the furry Tribbles would become life size.

Dill Rhodus: 1992 Galileo, 1996 Enterprise & Galileo (Galileo)

Responsible for the most famous Hallmark Star Trek ornament of all time, Dill Rhodus was the artist who brought the Shuttlecraft Galileo to life.

The Galileo came out the year after the hard to find Enterprise debuted the Hallmark Star Trek line of ornaments. The general public scrambled to pick up the Galileo in hopes that it would rise in value like the Enterprise had the previous Christmas season. Hallmark promoted the ornament heavily with in-store displays, Shuttlecraft Landing Parties and even a commercial starring Leonard Nimoy who also lent his voice to the popular shuttlecraft ornament.

There is a huge population that grew up hearing ”Shuttlecraft to Enterprise, Shuttlecraft to Enterprise. Spock here. Happy Holidays. Live long and prosper” every December.

Anita Marra Rogers: 1995 Picard, 1995 Kirk, 1996 Spock, 1996 Riker, 1997 McCoy, 1997 Data, 1998 Janeway, 1999 Worf, 2000 Seven of Nine, 2000 Worf (Blown Glass), 2001 Sisko, 2001 Q (Blown Glass), 2002 The Doctor, 2003 The Scorpion (w/ Lynn Norton), 2003 Archer, 2003 T’Pol, 2004 Tucker, 2004 ”The City on the Edge of Forever”, 2005 Khan, 2005 Locutus of Borg, 2006 The Transporter Chamber, 2007 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, 2007 Uhura Red, 2009 ”The Menagerie”, 2009 Uhura Gold, 2010 Kirk Legend, 2010 ”Amok Time”, 2011 Spock Legend, 2012 McCoy Legend, 2013 Scotty Legend, 2014 Sulu Legend, 2015 Uhura Legend, 2016 Chekov Legend

If Lynn Norton is the king of Star Trek ship ornaments then Anita Marra Rogers is certainly the queen of the the Star Trek character ornaments.

Rogers would contribute more than thirty Star Trek ornaments during her career. Her Trek career began with Captains Kirk and Picard in 1995 and went through the Star Trek Legends series more than twenty years later. From 1991 through 2016 Rogers would be responsible for all but two of the character ornaments.

Rogers would also make her mark with some of the scene ornaments including “The City on the Edge of Forever” in 2004. ”I just love that episode. It has everything that’s made Star Trek so popular for so long.”5

”After so much research on the characters, I couldn’t help but get interested in all the journeys and battles and mysteries. And there’s such depth to the characters they’ve developed for the various series. I call myself a fan now. Not quite a Trekker, but definitely a fan.” 5

Valerie Shanks: 2011 ”Mirror, Mirror”, 2012 ”An Extraordinary Meeting”, 2013 ”Arena”, 2014 ”Devil in the Dark”, 2014 ”Vina”, 2015 ”The Needs of the Many”

In five years, from 2011-2015, Valerie Shanks was the artist behind some of the most memorable ornaments in the Star Trek line.

She was responsible for the one and only Vina, the infamous Spock death ornament from Star Trek II, a Gorn attacking Kirk on Cestus III and Spock communicating with the Horta on Janus IV.

“I love Star Trek, so (2013’s ”Arena”) was one ornament I really wanted to do! I sculpted the characters on the computer, so I got to print them out in 3D and pose them to make sure everything fit together well. The real challenge was making the rock look real—that’s what I like the most. I wanted it to have a nice texture that felt like limestone.”

Orville Wilson: 2014 Vengeance, 2016 ”To Boldly Go”, 2019 Transporter

“Go big or go home” seems to be the motto of Orville Wilson who is responsible for two of the largest Star Trek items in Hallmark’s line. In 2016, Wilson’s ”To Boldly Go” table topper was released to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek.

Just three years later a new take on the Transporter Chamber was offered up by Wilson in a similar scale as his last piece.

The previous Transporter Chamber ornament of 2006 measured 4.25” high while Wilson’s measures a whopping 7.6”.


Uncredited:

Star Trek Communicator Article, 1998

1998, Deep Space Nine and Voyager were on the air and Star Trek: Insurrection was in theaters. Hallmark had only released its 16th and 17th Star Trek ornaments and Kevin Dilmore interviewed longtime Hallmark Star Trek artists Anita Marra Rogers and Lynn Norton for Star Trek Communicator magazine. The magazine, a bimonthly publication of the Official Star Trek Fan Club, folded in 2005.

A big ‘thank you’ to the wonderful reader who sent me this article.

Star Trek Communicator, Issue 119 (October November 1998)

“It is Paramount’s criteria that the characters do not have a hook in any part of their bodies. Therefore, we have to incorporate a part of their environment with them as a vehicle to place the ornament hook.”

Anita Marra Rogers

Within two years Seven of Nine would have a hook driven into her cranium, a practice that continues with character ornaments to this day.

Top Left: An example of the “environment” that was required to avoid skewering a character’s body.
Top Right: In the early days, Hallmark would sometimes implement a ‘fish hook’ design which swept a hook over a character’s head.
Bottom Left: Seven of Nine’s head wound in 2000.
Bottom Right: Picard’s unfortunate hook placement in 2017 resembled some sort of torture device. “THERE ARE FOUR LIGHTS!”

Lynn Norton’s “USS Bellwether, NX-90866, Ingress Class”

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Star Trek – Lynn Norton – U.S.S. Bellwether
Mixed Media Sculpture
18″ x 11″ x 8.5″

Literature: See Star Trek: 50 Artists 50 Years, Titan Books, London, p.77 (illus).

Fictional starship display model, U.S.S. BELLWETHER, NX-90866, INGRESS CLASS science vessel with experimental METAWARP propulsion by Lynn A. Norton.

Lynn A. Norton is an artist who, since 1991, has sculpted nearly all of the Star Trek starship ornaments that have been produced by Hallmark for their beloved and bestselling Keepsake Ornaments line. Norton sculpts and prototypes original patterns for ornaments and toys from his personal home studio. His process remains the same as always. He starts by making detailed drawings and then employs engraving tools to hand-carve the ornaments from synthetic wood. Though Norton technically retired back in 2006, he continues to sculpt Hallmark’s Star Trek Keepsake Ornaments. As he told author John Peterson for the book Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments: The Inside Stories from the Artists Who Create Them, “I’d like nothing better than to sculpt starship ornaments until my fingers fall off.” He lives in Leawood, Kansas.

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Although the one-of-a-kind model has been auctioned off you can purchase a 13″ x 9″ print of the model for $14.95.

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Exhibited:

Comic-Con International
San Diego, CA, United States
July 21 – July 24, 2016
at Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts
363 5th Avenue San Diego, CA

Star Trek Convention

Las Vegas, NV, United States
August 3 – August 7, 2016

Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

Toronto, Canada
August 19 – September 5, 2016

The Paley Center for Media

New York, NY, United States
September 16 – September 25, 2016

Destination Star Trek

Birmingham, United Kingdom
October 7 – October 9, 2016

Star Trek: The Exhibition

Blackpool, United Kingdom
October 14 – October 31, 2016

French Paper Gallery

Paris, France
November 10 – November 26, 2016

Star Trek: 50 Artists. 50 Years.

Shoreditch, London, United Kingdom
December 13 – December 18, 2016

Star Trek Cruise I

Miami, FL, United States (*Note – The cruise sailed the Caribbean to Cozumel, Mexico and the Bahamas returning to Miami)
January 9 – January 16, 2017

Chabot Space & Science Center
San Francisco, CA, United States
February 3 – March 12, 2017

Middle East Film & Comic Con
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
April 6 – April 8, 2017

Lynn Norton is a 3D artist who has sculpted nearly all of Hallmark’s “Star Trek” ornaments since 1991. “I imagine the ship I’ve designed to be a science vessel that is capable of exploring the galaxy beyond the range of existing Federation craft,”

Hallmark Sculptor Lynn Norton’s Favorite Ornament

Source: Hallmark.com
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When Lynn begins creating a Keepsake Ornament, he researches the subject of his work until he is comfortable with his mental plan for sculpting it from beginning to end. He draws inspiration not only from his fellow Keepsake Artists but from his childhood memories of time spent in front of the TV.
“Being the first generation to be introduced to television at an early age, I was entranced by the imaginative sets and props that were constructed to bring stories to life,” Lynn says. “As crude as they were, the science-fiction artifacts of the early 1950s still inspire me—especially when I get a chance to sculpt one of them.”
That said, it may come as no surprise to learn Lynn’s personal favorite among his Keepsake Ornaments.
“I have to say that the “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” space-station ornament is still my favorite. It was the most challenging sculpture for me and the Keepsake engineering staff,” he says. “My idea to offer it with docked miniature starship ornaments turned out to be a winning combination with Star Trek fans.”

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List of Lynn Norton’s Hallmark ornaments…
2016 Keepsake Ornaments
U.S.S. Enterprise™ | 3295QXI3404 | STAR TREK™ “Pilot Version” | 50th Anniversary Gold Edition
Lockheed® Vega 5B | 1595QX9231 | 20th in the Sky’s the Limit series
2015 Keepsake Ornaments
U.S.S. Enterprise™ NCC-1701-C | 3295QXI2499 | STAR TREK: The Next Generation™
WACO Aristocrat Model SRE | 1495QX9049 | 19th in the Sky’s the Limit series
2014 Keepsake Ornaments
Howard DGA-6 “Mister Mulligan” | 1495QX9193 | 18th in the Sky’s the Limit series
2013 Keepsake Ornaments
U.S.S. Kelvin™ | 3295QXI2162 | STAR TREK™
Gee Bee Super Sportster Model Z | 1495QX9182 | 17th in the Sky’s the Limit series
2012 Keepsake Ornaments
Cessna® 172 Skyhawk® | 1495QX8241 | 16th in the Sky’s the Limit series
U.S.S. Enterprise™ NCC-1701-D | 3295QXI2051 | STAR TREK: The Next Generation™ | 25th Anniversary
2011 Keepsake Ornaments
Romulan Bird-of-Prey™ | 3295QXI2007 | STAR TREK™
Nautilus | 1795QXD1069 | Walt Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
1957 Chevrolet® Fire Engine | 1995QX8849 | 9th in the Fire Brigade series
Culver Cadet | 1495QX8857 | 15th in the Sky’s the Limit series
2010 Keepsake Ornaments
U.S.S. Enterprise™ | 3295QXI2156 | STAR TREK™
H-1 Racer | 1495QX8316 | 14th in the Sky’s the Limit series
2009 Keepsake Ornaments
Cessna® 310 | 1500QX8302 | 13th in the Sky’s the Limit series
Klingon Battle Cruiser | 3200QXI1185 | STAR TREK™
LA135 Limited Edition Lawn Tractor | 1500QXI1172 | John Deere
2008 Keepsake Ornaments
Hannah Montana | 1500QXD2151 | Disney Channel
U.S.S. Reliant™ | 3200QXI4221 | STAR TREK II: The Wrath of Khan™
Ercoupe 415-D | 1500QX2851 | 12th in the Sky’s the Limit series
2007 Keepsake Ornaments
Future U.S.S. Enterprise™ | 3200QXI4347 | STAR TREK: The Next Generation™
Cessna® 195 | 1500QX2377 | 11th in the Sky’s the Limit series Edythe Kegrize | Sculpted by Nina Aubé, Anita Marra Rogers, Nello Williams and Linda Sickman
Festive Santa—Puppy Love | 3900QXC7011
2006 Keepsake Ornaments
U.S.S. Enterprise™ NCC-1701 | 3200QXI6293 | STAR TREK™
Monocoupe 110 Special | 1500QX2363 | 10th in the Sky’s the Limit series
2005 Keepsake Ornaments
1931 Laird Super Solution | 1495QX2045 | 9th in the Sky’s the Limit series
U.S.S. Enterprise™ NCC-1701-A | 2800QXI6215 | STAR TREK™
Gee Bee R-1 Super Sportster | 695QXM2072 | 5th in the Sky’s the Limit series
TIE Advanced x1 and Millennium Falcon™ | 1495QXM2085 | Star Wars™
2004 Keepsake Ornaments
Spartan Model 7-W Executive | 1495QX8391 | 8th in the Sky’s the Limit series
Vulcan Comman Ship | 2800QXI4084 | ENTERPRISE™
Spirit of St. Louis | 695QXM5181 | 4th in the Sky’s the Limit series
2003 Keepsake Ornaments
1936 Stinson Reliant | 1495QX8147 | 7th in the Sky’s the Limit series
Curtiss R3C-2 Racer | 695QXM4877 | 3rd in the Sky’s the Limit series
The Scorpion | 3200QXI7509 | STAR TREK: Nemesis™ | By Anita Marra Rogers and Lynn Norton
Lost Treasures | 7500QXC4609 | Airplane
2002 Keepsake Ornaments
Staggerwing | 1495QX8093 | 6th in the Sky’s the Limit series
DELTA FLYER | 2400QLX7663 | STAR TREK: Voyager™
Enterprise™ NX-01 | 2400QXI2943 | STAR TREK™
1917 Curtiss JN-4D “Jenny” | 695QXM4363 | 2nd in the Sky’s the Limit series
The Family Room | QXC4566A | Keepsake Ornament Studio Limited Edition
2001 Keepsake Ornaments
Gee Bee R-1 Super Sportster | 1495QX8005 | 5th in the Sky’s the Limit series
The Flight at Kitty Hawk | 695QXM5215 | 1st in the Sky’s the Limit Miniature series
Space Station Deep Space 9 | 3200QX6065 | STAR TREK: Deep Space Nine™
Starfleet Legends | 1495QXM5325 | STAR TREK™
Santa’s Desk | 7500QXC4562 | Keepsake Ornament Studio Limited Edition
15th Anniversary Celebration Wreath | 5000QXC4572 | Keepsake Ornament Club Member Exclusive
2000 Keepsake Ornaments
Borg™ Cube | 2400QLX7354 | STAR TREK: Voyager™
Spirit of St. Louis | 1495QX6634 | 4th in the Sky’s the Limit series
Treasure Tree | 6500QXC4521 | Keepsake Ornament Studio Limited Edition
1999 Keepsake Ornaments
Curtiss R3C2-2 Seaplane | 1495QX6387 | 3rd in the Sky’s the Limit series
Runabout – U.S.S. Rio Grande | 2400QXI7593 | STAR TREK: Deep Space Nine™
1998 Keepsake Ornaments
U.S.S. Enterprise™ NCC-1701-E | 2400QXI7633 | STAR TREK: First Contact™
1917 Curtiss JN-4D “Jenny” | 1495QX6286 | 2nd in the Sky’s the Limit series
1997 Keepsake Ornaments
The Flight at Kitty Hawk | 1495QX5574 | 1st in the Sky’s the Limit series
U.S.S. Defiant™ | 2400QXI7481 | STAR TREK: Deep Space Nine™
1996 Keepsake Ornaments
Millennium Falcon | 2400QLX7474 | Star Wars™
STAR TREK™ | 4500QXI7534 | 30 Years
U.S.S. Voyager™ | 2400QXI7544 | STAR TREK™
1995 Keepsake Ornaments
Romulan Warbird™ | 2400QXI7267 | STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION™
The Ships of STAR TREK™ | 1995QXI4109
1994 Keepsake Ornaments
Klingon Bird of Prey™ | 2400QLX7386 | STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION™
1993 Keepsake Ornaments
U.S.S. Enterprise™ | 2400QLX7412 | STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION™
Song of the Chimes | 2500QLX7405 | By Trish Andrews and Lynn Norton
1991 Keepsake Ornaments
Starship Enterprise™ | 2000QLX7199

Lynn Norton (Artist)

 

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“Being the first generation to be introduced to television at an early age, I was entranced by the imaginative sets and props that were constructed to bring stories to life,” Lynn says. “As crude as they were, the science-fiction artifacts of the early 1950s still inspire me—especially when I get a chance to sculpt one of them.  I have to say that the “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” space-station ornament is still my favorite. It was the most challenging sculpture for me and the Keepsake engineering staff,” he says. “My idea to offer it with docked miniature starship ornaments turned out to be a winning combination with Star Trek fans.” -See more at: http://explore.hallmark.com/keepsake-ornaments/artists/lynn-norton/

“I consider the ships I have sculpted to be like characters rather than objects,” he says. “Each is recognizable, and almost as specific as a human face. I’m looking at them as a fan, of course — I’ve been watching since the first broadcast—but also as a sculptor who appreciates their beauty and qualities as icons.” – See more at: http://www.startrek.com/article/hallmark-sculptor-lynn-norton-on-the-storied-history-of-trek-keepsake-ornaments#sthash.oYP92Sr0.dpuf

25th Anniversary Revisit: 1991 U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701

It has been 25 years since Star Trek’s Enterprise debuted as a Hallmark Keepsake Ornament.  Over that quarter of a century it has been followed by nearly eighty more ornaments depicting ships, characters and scenes from all five television shows and three movies series. We have Lynn Norton to thank for sculpting all of the ship ornaments but 1992’s Galileo.

Lynn Norton did a 2015 interview with Kevin Dilmore of startrek.com: “At Hallmark, Don Palmiter, Dill Rhodus and I brought fine scale model-making to the ornament business. We really had to convince our art directors we could go beyond cute and traditional and make really believable small models to be used as ornaments. Our commitment to high quality fit right into the Hallmark ideals for product. Now, I also had to fight the initial idea of having a string of garland hanging along the edge of the primary hull, and Santa Claus popping out of the bridge — true story! I wanted to make it as accurate as possible. I’m very aware of the changes to that first ornament. Because it had big, thick circuitry inside for lights, the ornament had heat dissipation problems. We had to build a big cavity into it so the circuit board would not melt the plastic. Also, the ornament had to fit into a ‘printer’s box’ store display with a limited space, and I had to shorten the nacelles for it to fit. I beat that poor design nearly to death, but it got us started and it was very popular with fans of Star Trek and of Keepsake Ornaments. When we reissued the ornament in 1996 for the show’s 30th anniversary, we used the same design.”
– See more at: http://www.startrek.com/article/hallmark-sculptor-lynn-norton-on-the-storied-history-of-trek-keepsake-ornaments#sthash.EKFFnHTi.dpuf

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Lynn Norton Gives Insight on Star Trek Ornaments

Source: StarTrek.com

After 50 years, the distinctive image of the USS Enterprise has come to serve not only as home for hundreds of explorers of the future but also as an iconic symbol of the Star Trek universe and all that represents to its fans. For more than half that time, sculptor Lynn Norton has devoted uncounted hours to interpreting incarnations of the beloved starship, creating Keepsake Ornaments for Hallmark that bring fans’ favorite memories and fantastic moments to Christmas trees each year (and admittedly to collectible displays all year long for many people).

As many fans’ thoughts turn to decorating for the holidays, Lynn shares his thoughts not just on his appreciation for starship designers but his own joy in helping fans celebrate with ornaments of the good ol’ NCC-1701 — and bloody A, C, D and E (just not B).

“I consider the ships I have sculpted to be like characters rather than objects,” he says. “Each is recognizable, and almost as specific as a human face. I’m looking at them as a fan, of course — I’ve been watching since the first broadcast—but also as a sculptor who appreciates their beauty and qualities as icons.”

Read more here.