Willow Tree® These figurine sculptures are delicate and beautiful to look at and hold and even nicer to own. They speak in quiet ways to heal, comfort, protect and inspire. We have found these figurines to be extremely popular and are appropriate for many different occasions and sentiments, they express love, closeness, healing, courage, hope... all the emotions of a life well lived. For this reason Carousel Gifts always have a large range of different figurines in stock.
Susan Lordi the artist who creates these figurines describes herself as a “maker”. Since introducing Willow Tree® in 1999, she has conceived, sculpted and carved the original of each figure in her Kansas City art studio. Her artistic process is rather intuitive; she "sketches" in clay as she forms and carves each piece. This one-of-a-kind approach to product creation makes her pieces truly individual... her hand, and her unique perspective, is evident in each sculpture. Pieces are cast from her original carvings, and individually painted by hand. Expression is revealed through gestures only… a tilt of the head, placement of the hands, a turn of the body. The simplicity of form and absence of facial features signify Willow Tree. Over the years, Lordi's sculpting and carving has evolved to include delicate patterns of pierced metal and pressed gold leaf, free-hand surface etchings, sculptures carved in the round so that every angle reveals a different understanding. Some people have commented that they don’t like these figurines because they have no faces, but that it the point. By stripping down the essence of emotion to pure form, the artist opens the interpretation of each piece to the giver and the receiver. It leaves them free to use their own imagination in the unique context of the exchange. In the words of the artist: “I try to keep the interpretation of Willow Tree open. I hope this makes it more personal, and allows the viewer to decide its meaning. “ We love this range of product and judging by its popularity our Customers do too.