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WIS - Wedgwood International Seminar

Jim Burnham





A Sad Note from Earl:

Hello folks,
Margaret has asked me to tell you that Jim died peacefully this morning.  She says:

I am so thankful that it didn’t linger, because he had been in pain for quite a while, wandering the house at night to try to get comfortable.

Now my healing begins, but I have a good friend support network here….for now Heather and I just need to get some rest.

We will not have a service, per se, but will all go to Maine to place his ashes off of the bridge in Milbridge, Maine this summer.

FYI - If you do not have Margaret's address for some reason, just let me  know.

Kind best wishes,
Earl (and Margaret)
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 April 2017 00:08 )

2017 Schedule of Events


Preliminary Schedule of Events - WIS 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 20176:00 PM

Opening reception at the hotel followed by dinner

8:00 PMSally's Room
Thursday, April 27, 20179:00amWelcome – Mickey Hightower, WIS President
9:15amLucy Lead – Wedgwood and the First World War
10:00amCoffee Break

Dr. Anne Forschler-Tarrasch – Chats on Harry Barnard

11:15amLouise Irvine – The Wiener Collection of British Ceramics at the WMODA
1:30pmRobert Hunter – The Legacy of Josiah Wedgwood’s Shell-Edge Pattern
2:15pmPeggy Kerner – Seeing the World with Wedgwood Eyes
3:00pmFree afternoon
Dinner on your own or dinner at the hotel
Friday, April 28, 2017Day trip to see the collections at the Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts and Florida International University, Miami, with a buffet lunch at the Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts
Board Meeting
Dinner on your own
Saturday, April 29, 20179:30amLucy Lead – Wedgwood’s Crested Armorial Wares
10:15amCoffee Break
10:45amRobert Wedgwood – Groovy: Wedgwood in the Age of Aquarius
11:30amJoseph Bothwell – Wedgwood and Egyptology: Josiah Wedgwood, 18th-Century Scholars, and the Role Antiquity Played
1:30pmDr. May Watt - What Mrs. Flaxman Saw ... A Firsthand Perspective on the Grand Tour
2:15pmMargaret Burnham – Wedgwood Undercover: The Rights and Wrongs of Wedgwood Covers
3:00pmFree afternoon
6:00pmCocktail reception and annual dinner including our annual general meeting and individual regional reports, with a special presentation by Stuart Slavid, Wedgwood – A New Perspective
Sally’s Room
Last Updated ( Friday, 06 January 2017 18:24 )

2017 Speaker Line-up


Wedgwood International Seminar 2017 Speaker Line Up

Margaret Burnham, Objects Conservator, Birmingham Museum of Art, AL – Wedgwood Undercover. The Rights and Wrongs of Wedgwood Covers

Dr. Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, Chief Curator, The Marguerite Jones Harbert and John M. Harbert III Curator of Decorative Arts, Birmingham Museum of Art, AL – Chats on Harry Barnard

Lucy Lead, Archivist, The Wedgwood Museum, Barlaston, England – Wedgwood and the First World War

Lucy Lead, Archivist, The Wedgwood Museum, Barlaston, England – Wedgwood’s Crested Armorial Wares

Joseph Bothwell, Collector and Independent Scholar, Washington, D.C. – Wedgwood and Egyptology: Josiah Wedgwood, 18th-Century Scholars, and the Role Antiquity Played

Louise Irvine, Executive Director, Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts, Miami, FL – The Wiener Collection of British Ceramics at the WMODA

Peggy Kerner, Collector and Independent Scholar, Pound Ridge, NY – Seeing the World With Wedgwood Eyes

Dr. Mary Watt, Associate Professor of Italian Studies, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL – What Mrs. Flaxman Saw...A Firsthand Perspective on the Grand Tour

Robert Wedgwood, Collector and Independent Scholar, Palm Springs, CA - Groovy: Wedgwood in the Age of Aquarius

Robert Hunter, Archaeologist and Independent Scholar, Editor of Ceramics in America, Williamsburg, VA – The Legacy of Josiah Wedgwood’s Shell-Edge Pattern

Stuart Slavid
, Senior Vice President, Director of Fine Ceramics, Director of Fine Silver, Director of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, Skinner, Inc. – 
Wedgwood – A New Perspective
Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 January 2017 23:51 )

WIS 2017


WIS 2017 location is Miami!

Planned dates are April 26 - 29, 2017. 

Currently we are looking at staying here:

The National Hotel 


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 December 2016 23:12 )

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, c/o Sandy Olubas, 1295 Colonel Mosby Dr, Milford OH 45150, USA

Make money orders or cheques out to WIS 

You can register online by clicking HERE. 

..or you can click here and print out a form to mail in with your check. 

Official PayPal Seal
Last Updated ( Monday, 23 January 2017 03:26 )

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 )