Susan Lordi’s Willow Tree designs have a distinctive look. They are instantly recognizable by their simplistic details that convey kindness and goodness. Her collection includes angels, family groups, friends and figures holding flowers, as well as a growing number of Nativity sets.
All of Lordi’s human and spiritual beings are made without facial features. So, instead of a smile or a caring glance, these emotions are conveyed through hand gestures and body language.
Based in Kansas City, Lordi now has a Signature Collection to celebrate 15 years of work under the Willow Tree label.
Willow Tree figurines are first hand-carved by the artist. Although they are produced overseas, the replicas are exact copies of the originals. Each is painted by hand.
Up until now, Willow Tree pieces seem to have been made with soft. muted colors. But the new Signature Collection features three pieces with bolder shades of blue. On her website, Lordi explains this collection was also created with more “extensive handiwork,” as well as “distinctive effects.” Lordi also used “jewel-like materials.” This is a departure from the usual primitive-style metal seen on some of her earlier work.
Willow Tree Signature Series
When I see these three women together, whom clearly love one another, I can’t help but think that this would make the perfect gift for a friend who is going through a difficult time. Willow Tree creations are meant to inspire and to heal.
Or, perhaps, it could be given by two sisters to a third, as Lordi’s pieces are often given as expressions of love.
Willow Tree Shine Figurine
This beautiful little girl from the Signature Collection is called Shine. Her sweet innocence does seem to shine right through. She is 8-inches high and has the beautiful gradated shades of blue, studded with bits of gold-like jewels on her arms as well as at the bottom of her garment. It would make a beautiful gift and keepsake for a daughter or a granddaughter.