The story behind Willow Tree and Jim Shore

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Willow Tree

Willow Tree is an intimate, personal line of figurative sculptures representing qualities and sentiments that help us feel close to others, heal wounds or treasure relationships. Susan Lordi carves each original piece with this thought in mind. Her figures continue to evolve as she identifies emotions so important for us to convey and renders them in simple, pure gestures. The first Willow Tree figures were sculpted in 1999.

The Willow Tree Nativity is as loved today as when it was originally introduced in 2000. Its simplicity and form have made it a timeless classic. As a Christmas gift, wedding gift or self-purchase, the Willow Tree Nativity continues as a family tradition.

The figurines are made from hand-painted resin which is cast from Lordi's hand-carved clay sculptures

The figurines are made from hand-painted resin which is cast from Lordi's hand-carved clay sculptures

This beautiful collectible crèche and figure sets are available right here at Santa’s Warehouse.

Jim Shore

Jim Shore grew up in rural South Carolina, the son of artistic parents who instilled a love of American folk art. His grandmother was a master quilter who taught him the patience and skill to bring intricate designs to life.

Jim worked decades developing his craft, manufacturing his own designs and traveling the country to sell his work. Finally, in 2001, he partnered with Enesco to create Heartwood Creek, a successful brand that brought Jim worldwide fame. Jim has received multiple awards from prestigious trade organizations including ICON HONORS Life Accomplishment Award in 2012.

During his 16-year partnership with Enesco, the Jim Shore Collection has grown from a small group of Santa’s, Snowmen, and Angels to a broad year-round brand respected and sold around the world. From show-stopping Statues to Mini Figurines, from Santa Claus to Mickey Mouse, Jim Shore has something for everyone. It’s a tribute to Jim’s boundless creativity and unique ability to touch people from all walks of life through his art.

The figurines are made from hand-painted resin which is cast from Jim Shores' hand-carved wooden sculptures.