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Willow Tree® Christian Figurines Explore Life’s Closest Relationships

Angel of Friendship
Angel of Friendship

Susan Lordi lives in the Midwest but is an artist whose work has been displayed and recognized around the world. She has received artistic acclaim for her innovative use of fibers and has been catalogued in a book highlighting textile art. And yet, her broadest recognition has come through her line of Christian figurine which are sold under the name Willow Tree ®.

Sculptures Reflect Common Themes
Willow Tree ® sculptures reflect Lordi’s own passions: family, friends and the natural world around her. The popular pieces, though often small in size, depict feelings and relationships that are shared by all humanity and therefore transcend barriers of culture, ethnicity or language. Statuettes of mothers and children, fathers and children, moms and dads, people in prayer and friends supporting one another are common.

The Message is up to You
Lordi explains that her deepest feelings sometimes escape words. That’s when she turns to art. With her sculptures Lordi endeavors to create pieces that evoke sentiment and reflect personal connections but which are still open to interpretation. This desire for others to attach specific meaning and significance to her figures is also behind the blank faces on each of her Willow Tree ® pieces. It’s a technique she gleaned from seeing dolls without facial features handcrafted by the Amish community.

Lordi has spent years observing and capturing the lines of the human body. She says that even early school notebooks are peppered with drawings and sketches of the human form. She has taken that lifelong fascination with humanity and turned two dimensional renderings into three dimensional Christian figurines. All of the Willow Tree sculptures are colored with muted tones of brown and ivory so that the greatest attention centers on what is happening with the figures.

Elements of Nature in Each Piece
In addition to her depiction of close person-to-person relationships Lordi also likes to weave items from nature into her sculptures. Many times Lordi merges the human figure and the nature element until at some point the two become indistinguishable from one another. Again, this is a reflection of Lordi’s own deep interest in and love for nature.

In fact, the name Willow Tree ® was chosen because of Lordi’s great admiration for trees. She says that the willow tree is a particular favorite because it gracefully bends before the wind and also because of its capacity to self-heal.

Whether you are looking for a unique Mother’s Day gift, birthday present, anniversary token or wedding gift, there is sure to be a Willow Tree ® sculpture that captures your intention. The Printery House is an online Christian gift store which offers a wide selection of Willow Tree ® figurines including some which are musical. Visit today and find the one which speaks to you or tells someone else how you feel.


Willow Tree® is a registered trademark of Susan Lordi. Willow Tree® products in the United States are distributed exclusively by DEMDACO. Other than in its capacity as an independent authorized reseller, neither The Printery House nor this website is affiliated with, endorsed by or sponsored by Susan Lordi or DEMDACO.

Much More Than a Statue: The Meaning of Catholic Figurines and Icons

Catholic Figurines
St. Patrick Statue

For centuries, Catholic figurines and icons have been images of faith and inspiration. Typically depicting the Saints, Mary, or Jesus, Catholic icons and figurines are full of deep spiritual meaning and symbolism. This includes the types of colors used, the material used and even the way the image is depicted. Gold, wood, or canvases are popular choices, and common elements like wings or halos are also present.

Though they’ve existed for centuries, Catholic icons and Catholic figurines are becoming more popular as a tool for remembering and honoring specific elements of faith. They are also used to help convey and teach key points about the faith to new Catholics and children. Similar to setting out a holiday scene depicting the birth of Christ, many families use Catholic figurines to show and explain biblical events.

How can you use Catholic figurines?

  • As an element for remembering your personal devotions. For example, the St. Patrick figurine is popular now in homes for its beauty and meaning.
  • To honor or remember a loved one. If a family member or friend who has passed away had a favorite or cherished Saint, a Catholic figurine of that Saint makes a loving gesture of remembrance in a home or garden.
  • To honor religious service. Remember favorite teachers, priests or clergy with a figurine gift they will enjoy for years to come.
  • To help tell a story. Share a Catholic figurine that has beautiful detail, color and symbolism – as well as interactive features, such as Our Lady of Grace triptych, as you explain biblical moments to others that have deep meaning for you.
  • Share a Catholic figurine or icon on a greeting card or Holy card. Messages of blessings and peace on a greeting card are a wonderful way to share a Catholic icon painting. Many online Catholic stores have great selections.

Take a moment to study these items and reflect on them when you see them. There’s more than meets the eye – every color, brush stroke, surface and element is intended to remind you of the great hope that comes to us from our Heavenly Father! The Printery House, a monastery in the hills of northwest Missouri, offers Catholic icon greeting cards, Holy cards, Catholic figurines and icons, all to support the work and mission of Conception Abbey. Check out these beautiful pieces today!