In January 2000 artist Susan Lordi introduced her first Willow Tree® sculptures to the collectibles world. From the humble beginnings of 12 small and 3 large angels, the 6 piece nativity set and 1 figure (many of which are still in production today) this subtle yet effective line has grown, capturing the imagination of many.
Each piece is hand carved by Susan Lordi, using friends and family as her models to freeze a particular feeling or moment in time. From this original work each piece is cast, then painted by hand in gentle colours before any final touches are added.
With the success of the original grouping the line has expanded to include:
- ornaments (2001)
- plaques (2002)
- stationary and additional nativity pieces (2003)
- keepsake boxes and memory boxes (2004)
- dated ornaments (2006)
- larger nativity pieces and photo frames (2007)
- additions to the wedding collection, metal edging to ornaments (2008)