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WIS - Wedgwood International Seminar

WIS 2017


WIS 2017 location has been announced - we are going to Miami!

Planned dates are April 26 - 29, 2017. 

Currently we are looking at staying here:

The National Hotel 


Last Updated ( Monday, 17 October 2016 00:01 )

Robin Reilly

Earl Buckman compoesd this eulogy for his friend Robin Rielly:

Robin Reilly - A Very Fond Remembrance

A few days ago I lost someone very close....mentor, confidant and friend for some 36 years:  historian, researcher, author and without question the world’s greatest authority on the life and works of Josiah Wedgwood I, F.R.S. and the great ceramics manufactory that he established in 1759.  I speak of my friend, Robin Reilly.

The news came not as a great shock.  At age 88, these things are never completely unexpected, but it makes for emptiness in one’s life that can never be filled, and a lingering depression over a joyous part of one’s life that will not be experienced again.  In recent years, Robin’s angina had become much worse and his hearing had become quite bad (in spite of deaf aids), and the legs were prone to cease their intended function at the most unexpected times.  (“I’m always falling into the laps of strangers!”)  

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 October 2016 04:22 ) Read more...

WIS Officers



Mickey D. Hightower, TX

Vice President

Cyndi Andrews, CA


Sandra Olubas, OH 

Recording Secretary

Dr. Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, AL

Board of Governors

Donald Alexander, MD

Earl Buckman, TX

Margaret Kerner, NY

Jeffrey Hoffman, MA 

Alan Erickson, MO

Lorraine C. Horn*, MA

Robert J. Reichner, IL

Gaye Blake Roberts, UK 

Stuart Slavid, MA 

Director of Seminars

Mickey D. Hightower, TX

Proceedings Editor & Archivist

Dr. Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, AL

Public Relations Chairman



Alan Erickson, MO

Curatorial Consultant

Gaye Blake Roberts, UK

Honorary Board

Earl L. Buckman*, TX 

Dr. Alvin Kanter, IL

Dorothy Lee Jones, MA

Muriel D. Polikoff*, PA

* Past President

Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 July 2016 01:24 )

New WIS Index


Many, many thanks to Alton Powell for grant the WIS permission to place his index of WIS papers in the 'Members Only" section of the Discussion Area.

 Also many thanks to Paul Thomas for transcribing Alton's index into Excel and bringing it up to date!

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 April 2014 03:39 )

About WIS


    Although  the Wedgwood International Seminar was established in 1956, in fact, there were rumblings about an organization  in 1955 when Harry and Nettie  Buten met with Hensleigh Wedgwood, then head of Wedgwood USA, and began to conjure up the outlines of  what has been called for over fifty years the WIS. 

      The first Seminar was held in Philadelphia April 13-14, 1956. Since that year the Seminars have been held in many cities in the United States as well as in Canada and Britain.  At the Seminars illustrated lectures are featured as well as exhibitions, visits to collections, visits to antique fairs, auctions, and member’s demonstrations of their ‘finds.’ The Proceedings of the Seminars are subsequently published and some of the back-issues are still available.  Most of all the annual Seminars give members the opportunity to hear the latest research, the latest news, and keep abreast of events 

Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 November 2009 16:29 )



You are welcome to join the WIS by sending a membership fee in US funds. 

(couple $50, single $35, students $20 -- add $10 outside US) to: 

Wedgwood International Seminar, Inc.,1295 Colonel Mosby Drive, c/o Sandy Olubas, Millford, OH 45105-2401, USA

Make money orders or cheques out to WIS 

Click here for a hard copy membership form. 

You can register online by clicking HERE. 

Official PayPal Seal
Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 July 2016 02:17 )

Links / Addresses


Listed below are the addresses of Wedgwood Collectors organizations and groups:

Wedgwood International Seminar,
c/o  Mr. Michael Smith, Treasurer – WIS
PO Box 674
Ontario, CA 91762-8674, USA
Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Wedgwood Society of Australia, 
 The Secretary,
 Ms Anne Stephenson
 The Wedgwood Society of Australia Inc.
 PO Box 425,

The Wedgwood Society of Boston
Lorraine C. Horn, President
132 Middle St. Braintree, MA   02184-4841 
Webpage: www.Wedgwoodsociety.org 

Wedgwood Society of Washington, D.C.
Adele I. Barnett, President
3505 Stringfellow Court,
Fairfax, VA, 22033
Ph (703) 437 7997
Webpage: www.WedgwoodCapital.org

The Wedgwood Society of New South Wales, Australia                                                                                                     
PO Box 385
EASTWOOD NSW 2122, Australia
Webpage: www.wedgwoodsociety.org.au

The Wedgwood Society of Queensland, Australia   
PO Box 97
Annerley, 4103, Australia
Contact:Beverley Smith, Susan Tobin
Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wedgwood Society of Southern California,
P O Box 4334
Palm Springs, Ca. 92263, USA
 Webpage:  http://www.wedgwoodsocalif.org/

There are also organizations in Detroit, Philadelphia, Australia, and England.   

Last Updated ( Sunday, 03 March 2013 04:14 )