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Behold the awe and wonder of the Christmas StoryNativity$85.00Description
As enduring as the story it portrays, the six-piece Nativity is as loved today as when it was originally introduced in 2000. Its simplicity and form has made it a timeless classic. As a Christmas gift, wedding gift or self-purchase, the Willow Tree Nativity continues on as a family tradition.
A child is bornThe Holy Family$50.00Description
In response to requests for a small-scale nativity, Susan created this intimate rendering, measuring 7.5" tall. This one-piece sculpture is ideal for those with limited display space, or who wish to display a nativity year-round.
From each other, over the years, we gather strength, through laughter and tears.By my side$85.00Description
"I have two sisters—as far back as I can remember, the three of us have always been very connected. Even if they are far away, I feel like they're always right here, by my side.
"It's the little, fun, silly moments—thousands of them—that fill me up when I'm with my female friends, be they sisters, girlfriends, cousins... Shared experiences and laughter form a lifelong reservoir of trust that allows us to be vulnerable around each other. And out of vulnerability comes strength. I know I can count on my sisters and girlfriends whenever I need support... or a good dose of humor."
You have a radiant inner lightShine$28.00Description
"I was sculpting this piece at the time of the Winter Olympics. I was inspired by the strength and perseverance of young female competitors in figure skating, snowboarding, skiing... their confidence exudes with every gesture and movement, literally shining with happiness and pride. We all have the capacity to shine from within, so I wanted this figure to be a reminder of our own inner strength.
"Shine could be a congratulatory piece for a milestone reached, or a healing piece to show support and belief in someone. I wanted the form to be visually uplifting... a little reminder of personal goals, met. I embellished the surface with gold to suggest inner light and energy."
Her name is Mary. His name is Joseph. The baby, JesusThe Christmas Story$110.00Description
The Christmas Story is the largest-scale nativity created by Susan Lordi. The two figures are approx. 15" tall, and are best displayed in the Sanctuary.
The expressive gestures of Mary and Joseph reveal their humanity, and portray their overwhelming emotion of love and protection for their newborn child. The two-piece set of Mary holding baby Jesus, and Joseph is the centerpiece of The Christmas Story. The figures are nearly 15” tall, and painted with richly layered colors. The elegant movement of Mary’s and Joseph’s garments, and their protective gestures bring this composition to the highest levels of sculptural art.
The pieces relate to each other when placed on the base of the Sanctuary. Mary is turned in toward Joseph, sheltered by his right arm. Joseph’s staff and cloak form a protective shield around his new family. Joseph’s left hand, positioned above the head of baby Jesus, shadows the curve of Mary’s wrist. This is a historically symbolic gesture of blessing and protection.
“The Christmas Story is a story from the past… but the overwhelming emotions of holding a new baby, starting a new family, and wanting to protect them forevermore are present today in every culture and every age. My hope is that the gestures of Mary and Joseph will represent these powerful feelings of love and protection.”
a presence of life and lightTree Silhouette$32.00Description
“This piece reflects my love and reverence of trees — their graceful, columnar, beckoning, magical qualities. They have so much character and gesture. When I look up at the canopy of trees in the sunlight, the leaves look dark and lacy — a silhouette of beautiful shapes where the light comes through. I like to look at the delicate patterns created.
I wanted to create a two-dimensional tree silhouette, but one that was animated and alive with images of birds, leaves, pomegranates — symbols of life and light. This pierced-metal tree can be used as an architectural element in the Nativity or with The Christmas Story. I hope it adds an interesting detailed pattern to the scene."
A shepherd's gift... a joyous melody... proclaiming the news!Zampognaro (Shepherd with bagpipe)$50.00Description
“I love the idea of bringing music to the Nativity… and I wanted to portray an instrument that’s traditionally been used for that purpose.
“My son is immersed in the preservation of indigenous music in the regions of Italy and Sicily, from where my grandparents immigrated. He’s re-introduced an authentic musical tradition to our family by learning about and playing the zampogna, the Italian bagpipe (pronounced zam-pone-ya).
“The bagpipe is an ancient pastoral instrument played by shepherds and farmers for thousands of years, and is used in many cultures to celebrate the nativity. In present day Italy, the Zampognaro (shepherd with bagpipe) plays the Novena, the nine days leading up to Christmas… a celebration and announcement of the birth of Christ.
“The music is festive and vibrant, accompanied by singing and dancing. It’s a time of reunion and company – heralding the arrival of the holidays. It’s the Italian version of caroling – people gather, singing songs passed down through the generations.
“The zampogna is a humble shepherd’s instrument, yet it produces a rich texture of melody and rhythm. I like the thought of this joyful, symphonic music surrounding the nativity scene.”
They followed a star and found the Light of the WorldThe Three Wisemen for the Nativity$72.00Description
The Three Wisemen were created to accompany the classic six-piece Nativity.
Starry Night Nativity
...and heaven and nature sing
"Starry Night Nativity challenged me to tell a story and engage the viewer in a small space. All the figures fit into an 8" box that opens up as a triptych and reveals a starry night encircling an intimate scene. My use of deep gradated blues and sparkly gold is a jewel-like reference to historical objects of art... I embellished the surfaces with gold dots —symbolizing light, or energy, hope inner strength...Gold connotes preciousness and enduring value, and I wanted this to be a special piece, that would be kept for a long time, or possibly handed down within families.
"I designed this piece to be versatile enough to display year-round, on a table or a wall; open or closed. The outside doors reflect nature and the cycles of life—regeneration, renewal, rebirth. These themes influence everything I make."
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Starry Night Nativity
Submitted by Elizabeth K. Beard (as written to Michelle) in Chicago, Illinois, April 2016
This is a quote from a thank you note Elizabeth sent for her wedding gift of "Starry Night." Thank you so very much for the beautiful nativity set and for including all the lovely information about its artist and origins. We absolutely love it and found it to be an anchor for prayer in our home and during Advent and Christmas and even beyond!Read More >
Starry Night Nativity
Submitted by Kelly in Kalamazoo, MI, US, November 2015
Years ago my daughter started collecting the pieces to the nativity set. Her grand parents decided that every year they would continue to help her build the set. It became a holiday tradition that they shared together for 8 years. She has now lost both her grand parents, so to keep that lovely tradition going her mother and I are taking over for her grand parents. What a beautiful way to keep memories going while still adding to this tradition. Thank You Willow TreeRead More >
Starry Night Nativity
Submitted by Michelle Kehoe in Johnson Creek, WI, August 2015
I started giving a Nativity set as my regular wedding gift about 9 years ago including a few varieties of Willow Tree and others. I was looking for my gift for an October wedding and though I usually order online I decided to stop at a Hallmark store. Seeing Starry Night is why I purchased it for this wedding gift. No photo can show how absolutely stunning and beautiful this holy piece of art is. If I had not seen it I may have thought the small size was not worth the steep price, but the three dimension, the rich colors, the gold glittery stars and touches of gold on the holy family and the gifts and the detailed carving that includes shepherds and animals are all so well done. It is an art piece that begs to be looked at in reverence and awe not only for what it represents, but for the heart and craftsmanship behind it. Even the keepsake box is lovely. Thank you Susan Lordi for creating another masterpiece to be shared with families and passed through the generations! It is a joy to give such a lovely wedding keepsake!Read More >
- Name: Starry Night Nativity
- Materials: resin, brass
- Measurements: 8"w x 2"d x 8.5"h; 16" wide when open; 1/4" deep doors
- Hinged resin box; applied gold leaf. Can be hung on wall or free standing. Hanger style: 2 keyholes. Weighs approximately 5.5 pounds.
- Hanger style: keyhole
- Sentiment: ...and heaven and nature sing
- Dust with soft cloth or soft brush. Avoid water or cleaning solvents.